Monday 8 February 2016

LEGO Friends Girlz 4 Life Children's DVD Review

Over the weekend we spent a lot of time on the sofa watching movies, and one of them was Girlz 4 Life, the new DVD from LEGO Friends. We've watched quite a lot of LEGO movies over the years, and they're always pretty watchable for the whole family, with the occasional joke for the adults thrown in.

In Girlz 4 Life the LEGO Friends (featuring the regular characters - Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea) are doing well and have a great new song 'Girlz' ready to earn them fame and fortune.

A famous pop star called Livi comes to stay in Heartlake City and her manager hears Girlz. she knows that Livi will do very well with it and steals it, saying she wrote it herself. Livi's version of Girlz soars into the charts and she becomes even more famous, leaving the LEGO Friends cheated. They need to let everyone know that it's their song, they want to get it back, and they turn to Livi herself for help.

The CGI animation is good, the characters are very different and recogniseable. The DVD as expected features a lot of singing and music, which is okay, and exactly the sort of songs that get into your head, but don't stay there all day.

Girlz 4 Life is a very girlie movie. There is no getting away from that, no point debating nature/nurture or gender equality for the next 3 paragraphs. I sat down to watch it with my young boys just as I do Littlest Pet Shop or My Little Pony, and after around 40 minutes I realised I was the only one still watching. At 6 and 7 and with no pressure my boys just didn't find Girlz 4 Life interesting enough. They wandered off and did something else.

Girlz 4 Life is definitely something our girls would have loved. They spent many hours pretending to be pop stars, practising dance routines and singing. Team it with LEGO and it's a hit. I thought it was okay, the story wasn't incredibly complicated, but had enough to offer a slightly older viewer. I was more than happy to carry on watching to find out how it ended.

LEGO Friends Girlz 4 Life is a good family movie to watch together (probably with mainly female children over 6). The over-riding message is friendship, although the LEGO Friends do also obviously value fame. Yet again crime doesn't pay, and the ending is a big feelgood blockbuster finale of CGI LEGO proportions.

LEGO Friends Girlz 4 Life is released on February 15th on DVD and Digital Download. It's rated PG and has only excitement peril really, no scenes unsuitable or scary for younger viewers. Children of all ages can watch, although they will only be able to take in the complete storyline from around 5+. Available in store or online priced around £7 from 15th February.

We were sent our DVD for review.

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