The Lego Ninjago Movie (Review)
By: Matt Suzara
The city of Ninjago is always under attack by the desperate Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) as he plans to take over and rule the Metropolis. However, all his plans are unsuccessful as six masked ninjas vows to protect and save the day. The Secret Ninja force is led by his estranged son Llyod (Dave Franco) and is trained by his brother Wu (Jackie Chan). But with the arrival of a new threat to Ninjago, Garmadon and the Ninjas must team up in order to save the entire city.
The second Lego film this year is released after the hilarious Batman entry, and now the franchise is throwing up a group of ninjas to save the day. Ninjago isn't as slick as the first Lego Movie but it all has the colorful ideas and comedic sketches between an evil dad and his estranged son. The comedy lights up the screen and managed to entertain the audience throughout plus the uniqueness still sinks in with this kind of animation. The story is like small Lego pieces that are easy to connect for the adults and the younger audiences.
However, the charm has faded a bit as we continue to miss the simplicity of the first film who offered the "Everything is Awesome" theme song. The franchise must come back to its original roots to stabilize everything and continue bringing in fresh new ideas to the Lego Universe. If there is one thing that the Lego franchise has been consistently doing positively is having a talented group of voice cast to back the film up. From Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman and Will Arnett, Ninjago brought in Dave Franco Jackie Chan and the very entertaining Justin Theroux. They have made their presence felt and made the characters lively at all times.
Overall, The Lego Ninjago Movie is another funny creative entry to the Lego franchise that is fit to entertain all ages. It just needs to have more inventive juice for their next installment to avoid a collapse in this entertaining and stylish animation.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8 out of 10 stars
Cast: Dave Franco, Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux
Directed by: Charlie Bean
Distributed by: Warner Bros Pictures PH
Opens September 27 in cinemas