LEGO Donnie Yen goes to town in Chirrut vs. Everything
I’ve been a Donnie Yen fanboy for years, but a lot of moviegoers probably got their first sampling of his abilities in last year’s Rogue One, where he played Chirrut Îmwe, a blind warrior monk who turns out to be one of the best fighters in the entire Star Wars franchise, all offering glimmers of wisdom on the nature of the Force in between moments of wrecking dozens of Stormtroopers. It was a perfect role for a Hong Kong superstar like Donnie Yen, a loving homage to the kinds of Asian action movies that helped inspire the original Star Wars, and is probably my favorite part of Rogue One, and I know I’m far from the only one. In fact, one of my few real complaints about Rogue One is that Chirrut did not single-handedly bring down the Galactic Empire by himself, in spite of being played by Donnie Yen. Which is why we have “Chirrut vs. Everything” to help fix that.
A short animated film brought to us by a tag team of How It Should Have Ended and the LEGO animators of Brotherhood workshop, “Chirrut vs. Everything” offers exactly what you would expect given the title – a little LEGO minifig of Chirrut Îmwe walks into the middle of a mass of Stormtroopers, and then proceeds to absolutely wreck their shit, much as he did during his introductory scene on Jedha in Rogue One. This is where “Chirrut vs. Everything” breaks away from Rogue One however, because Chirrut eventually runs out of Stormtroopers to fight in the movie. Here, as we all know Donnie Yen is fully capable of, he takes down the Galactic Empire by himself. And the results are glorious.
It’s actually kind of impressive how “Chirrut vs. Everything” manages to balance the comedy and the action, giving us an extended action scene that feels less like an animated parody, and more like a deleted scene. As the name implies, Chirrut goes on to take down not just a platoon or two of Stormtroopers, but waves of Stormtroopers and Death Troopers, as well as dozens of Imperial Walkers and Tie Fighters along the way. It climaxes in the one showdown Rogue One denied us, watching Donnie Yen go toe-to-toe with Darth Vader, and even dealing the Death Star a mortal blow himself.
Meanwhile, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and Baze Malbus sit off to the sidelines, snacking while they let Chirrut Îmwe clean house. As they should have in the first place.
“Chirrut vs. Everything” is a delightful five minute homage to everybody’s new favorite Star Wars question, that offers a rather playful answer to what would have happened had Rogue One really let Donnie Yen cut loose.