‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ Review

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The Lego Ninjago Movie is the third film in The Lego Movie franchise created by Warner Bros. As a reimagining of the television show Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, The Lego Ninjago Movie tells the story of Lloyd Garmadon, as he attempts to accept the truth about his evil warlord father, Lord Garmadon. At the same time, he must lead his ninja team to defeat a new threat that endangers their homeland, Ninjago. The film stars Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Dave Franco as Lloyd Garmadon, Olivia Munn as Koko (Lloyd’s mom), and Michael Peña as Kai. When I first saw the trailer for this film I was excited to see it. It reminded me of the Mighty Morphin’ Ninja Rangers, complete with giant mechs. I had not seen the animated series so all of this was new to me. Still, I was excited to see how the writers were going to combine the elements from the show with enough pop culture references to make the film enjoyable for all, as previous writers did in both The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. However, after watching the finished product I have to say The Lego Ninjago Movie falls short, making it the least enjoyable film in The Lego Movie franchise thus far. I addition, the story is lackluster and pretty straightforward. The film seems more like a continuation of the show instead of its own thing. There isn’t much character building (pun intended), so when things happen to the characters, I didn’t care. This film is clearly aimed more towards kids than adults and does not include the pop culture references to kung fu films that I hoped it would. The few funny jokes they have in the film are repeated multiple times, which takes away from humor. The worst part is that the film seems very disconnected from the other Lego movies in this universe. The way the film is set up, it would have to be a prequel to the other two films because Lloyd Garmadon, the Green Ninja, makes a small cameo in The Lego Movie, but in The Lego Ninjago Movie there is no mention of Master Builders or any other Lego characters outside of the Ninjago universe. Now, for the positives: All of the voice acting is great, especially Jackie Chan and Dave Franco! Jackie Chan even plays a part during the film’s live-action segment. Also, the quality of the animation is beautiful. Every character has such fine detail and everything looks as if it is really made of Legos. Some of the jokes are well written, but, as I mentioned before, they get worn out by the end of the film. I give The Lego Ninjago Movie a Normal 6.5/10. Hopefully, there is more connective tissue added if the characters appear in The Lego Movie Sequel or The Billion Brick Race. As a final fun note: all the ninjas have an element to match their respective colors. The Green Ninja is life, the Red Ninja is fire, the Gray Ninja is water, the White Ninja is ice, the Blue Ninja is lightning, the Black Ninja is earth, and the best of all, the Fuchsia Ninja embodies the element of surprise! (You’ll understand when you see it)

 

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