• Guy Jeffries

The LEGO Ninjago Movie


Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan.

Voiced by: Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Olivia Munn.

It’s the third LEGO movie, and seems so soon after the LEGO Batman Movie, not even a year since it's release, which isn’t a criticism but does it feel rushed or even forced? I am of course, familiar with LEGO, one of the most powerful brands in the world. I loved LEGO as a child, still do but I’m totally in the dark regarding their Ninjago franchise.

A relative young creation from the world of LEGO that was launched back in 2010 with a successful TV series. And though it’s directly referencing the franchise, even hosting the four of the original ninjas, including Lloyd, Master Wu and Garmadon, it’s apparently not connected to the TV series and should be seen as a separate, stand alone story.

We follow Lloyd and his school friends defend their home island of Ninjago from the continuing threat of the four-armed tyrant, Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s father, though it’s not quite the Anakin and Luke Skywalker relationship and gives rise to some comical antidotes.

The team of friends/heroes do well together yet it’s undeniably akin to the Power Rangers, each having their own strengths, weaknesses and colour schemes. They all work and compliment each other well, again, their banter and comradery provides much of the comedy.

A step-up from a cameo to LEGO hero for Dave Franco, and Theroux is perfect as Garmadon, but it’s Jackie Chan as Master Wu that’s the highlight of the movie, merging two of the greatest icons from my own childhood.

Mothersbaugh returns from The LEGO Movie to compose a suitable but forgettable score, and being a fan of his work, I was a little disappointed, however it serves its purpose and there’s a decent soundtrack that accompanies it.

The trio of directors do outstanding in keeping in line with the previous films, with Bean being the only one who provided his voice on the LEGO Batman movie. It obvious they all share a love of the brand and for animation putting together a slick and action-packed adventure that rarely lets up.

Children, especially lovers of LEGO (Who isn’t?) should enjoy this very much, boasting comedy that appeals to people of all ages. I can’t place it above the previous LEGO movies, but it’s vibrant and highly enjoyable with a good message behind it all.

Running Time: 7

The Cast: 7

Performance: 7

Direction: 7

Story: 6

Script: 6

Creativity: 8

Soundtrack: 6

Job Description: 6

The Extra Bonus Point: 0

60% 6/10

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