Movie Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie


The LEGO Ninjago Movie is the second spin-off, and third movie in the LEGO movie “universe”. 

The movie follows a group of secret ninja warriors who, under the tutelage of their master, Master Wu, who is Garmadons brother, battle for NINJAGO City against the evil Garmadon. Lloyd Garmadon, son of Garmadon, also happens to be the Green Ninja. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.

I liked the fact that each ninja gets their own element and giant robot to control to help them battle Garmadons robots.

Having the film open in a live-action scene was pretty clever and there is also a element of that that fits into the LEGO setting.

The movie does a good job of setting up the conflict of Lloyd being the son of Garmadon, and being hated by the citizens of NINJAGO and also being the Green Ninja, who in turn is celebrated alongside his fellow ninjas. 

The first action sequence is pretty great, showing off the different Robots and their different abilities. The film does a good job of highlighting the continued concept of Master Building as it goes on.

Once the movie gets to the plot, it unravels itself as a story of acceptance and redemption. Lloyd must accept the fact that he is Garmadons son, and the team must learn to use their elemental powers to defeat him.

While the story itself is a bit generic, it makes up for that with some clever dialogue and action sequences, and while it didn’t have the same laugh element as The LEGO Batman Movie or the original LEGO Movie, it was still a very enjoyable movie to watch. 

Although I did enjoy the movie, I have to wonder about the future of this franchise and what can be done to make the next instalment as good and as successful as previous movies.

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