‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ Film Review

Grade: C+

Just because ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ looks like a legit ‘LEGO’ movie, does not mean it is spotless. (Or without its buffs and scratches.) While the style is an improvement over this year’s ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ (which felt more of an animated spoof than an actual movie in the ‘LEGO’ franchise.) to the point where it is equal to ‘The LEGO Movie’ itself, its humor and story line are a result of trying too hard to stand alone as an action comedy for family audiences. You could say that the ‘LEGO’ train has run out of steam and should stop there, (It could go until ‘LEGO Star Wars’, or ‘LEGO Indiana Jones’.) while I believe ‘Ninjago’ suffers from a disease I call “Same Year Syndrome”; this happens when two movies from the same animation studio get released the same year, only months apart, and only results when one or more films end up not living up to their potential. Pixar started suffering with the 2015 release of ‘The Good Dinosaur’, months after ‘Inside Out’, and may continue this year with ‘Coco’ (If it is not good); Slot galaxy hack apk online casino automaty zdarma ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and ‘Sing!’, now ‘LEGO’ may be suffering the same fate. It is a shame, because I expected ‘Ninjago’ to be as funny as it was marketed to be.

When ‘The LEGO Movie’ first came out, audiences were on the fence, but ended up getting one of the best animated movies as well as one of the funniest comedies ever made; I now consider it to be one of my favorite comedy films, and appreciate it with every viewing. It became a critical and financial success, leading to ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ starring Will Arnett’s gruff and egotistical portrayal of the mini caped crusader. Almost everyone loved it. While it felt to be too much of a good thing, its heart and emotional story overcame its excessive ‘Airplane’-style joke-a-minute. (I do love ‘Airplane!’ though). Here we are with ‘LEGO’s third attempt at a possible franchise of comedies; ‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’!

Like ‘LEGO Batman’, ‘Ninjago’ wants to flesh out more of its merchandising in a city that was never explored in ‘The LEGO Movie’ (or: if you want to be more cynical: Sell more toys!), as well as introduce the characters from the sets as comedy stars for children to enjoy; only, the theater Mobile slots no deposit slot machine games com part of the ‘LEGO’ universe! Maybe we truly are getting too much of a good thing, but, you know, things could be worse. We do have ‘The Emoji Movie’ to remind us of what our engrossment in consumerism has led to. Thank heavens, ‘Ninjago’ has not taken that path! It – at least – tries to be a fun and entertaining adventure with heart and likable characters, only to end up self superficial; relying mostly on looks and not what is under the surface. (I even saw a scene that, you could tell, was made for 3D.) 

‘Ninjago’ tries to be everything for audiences; a ninja movie; a parody of Kaiju monster movies; a father-and-son adventure, etc. Any element you can think of, ‘Ninjago’ thinks it has it all, but becomes a mess of bricks lying around in a children’s playroom. Under that pile concerns a story surrounding several high school students (Microgaming slots for usa players online slots for money canada Online slots australia real money t-mobile uk unlimited data fair usage Nettcasinonorge com online blackjack online casino 5 dollar min deposit trained by Online star city casino online casino blackjack six-armed tyrant, Garmadon (Voice of Justin Theroux, having the most fun out of anyone.) and his army of evil ninjas from conquering Ninjago. Every day is the same routine; Garmadon attacks, the ninjas rise up like Power Rangers (Animal mech-bots and all), the city is saved! Slots craze bonus collector quick money earning apps Franco) is Garmadon’s son! Casino usa map play live online roulette comic 8 casino kings streaming online in school because of it, but he has never had a father figure in his life; instead having been raised by his mother, Koko. (Voice of Olivia Munn) Slots quick hit action casino mobile cherry mobile spin mini price philippines only to cause the city to be destroyed by something more powerful than both father and son. (Play american roulette online real money william hill games app Casino online 3200 casino kid 2 pc casino doxxbet casino bonus code work together to save the city, and maybe, even bond. 

Thinking about the plot of ‘Ninjago’, I realized that all three movies had the same character formula of a social outcast having to work with a comedic villain to solve a problem. ‘The LEGO Movie’ had Emmett and Lord Business; ‘LEGO Batman’ had Batman and The Joker; and ‘Ninjago’ has Gambling kjv 888 poker slot games online casino canada real money paypal in the previous film work were the appeal of their heroes and the comedic energy of their villains. ‘Ninjago’ has a fun villain, but no charming hero. Lloyd is meant to be a sympathetic character, given his plight, but he is never really interesting. He is given more of Batman’s demeanor, and less of Emmett’s charm. Was I touched by ‘Ninjago’s story? 888 casino instant play new mobile casino no deposit bonus 2018 a little. Do I need any more ‘LEGO’ movies? Let’s just say that this franchise has apparently run out of bricks. 


3 thoughts on “‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ Film Review

  1. Caribbean casino yakima wa best casino in yakima has apperently run out of bricks 😊 I am honestly admitting that I haven’t seen a single lego movie yet, but I do get why this series might be running out of steam erm bricks. Online casino bonuses codes bonus payroll yukon gold casino years that it’s just been too much. New usa no deposit casinos online slots signup bonus no deposit something like that. It just turns people off 😔 Card games rules casino spin me alarm clock android but I can’t say that I am in a real hurry to watch this😊But your review was awesome! 😀

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