‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ (2017, U)

Is ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ a martial-arts masterpiece or a ninja no-go?

Shunned by the rest of Ninjago for being the son of the evil overlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), Lloyd (Dave Franco) lives a half-life as one of the mysterious ninjas when his father arrives to overtake the city, leading a team to stop him from taking over Ninjago. But, when Lloyd accidentally unleashes the Ultimate Weapon, he must go on a journey of discovery with the other five ninjas — and his evil father, Garmadon.

To an extent, ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ follows the basic kid’s film plot — hero’s journey, with a few crude jokes, topped off with a lot of toy product-placement. However, as with the two previous ‘LEGO’ movies, there’s a certain substance to this film that sets it apart from other generic kids films. I find the humour in these ‘LEGO’ movies extremely funny — the subtler jokes and references really get me giggling, and ‘Ninjago’ has more-and-more of the jokes to get your belly wobbling.

One of the most fascinating parts of this movie I thought was the action sequences — who knew that animated CGI bricks could be so fun to watch! That goes for the graphics throughout the rest of the film as well — it was both convincing and fun and the film was a joy to watch.

Overall, ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ is a fun ninety-minutes with a funny plot and surprisingly good animation sequences. For that, it deserves a seven-out-of-ten.



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