Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie

After the success of 2014’s The Lego Movie – over $469M worldwide – the “Lego Cinematic Universe” was being designed right before our eyes.

Their latest film, The Lego Ninjago Movie, is based on the Lego Ninjago franchise that inlcueds toys and a popular TV seires. The story focuses on Lloyd Garmadon (voiced by Dave Franco) and his friends Jay (voiced by Kumail Nanjiani), Kai (voiced by Michael Pena), Nya (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), Zane (voiced by Zach Woods), and Cole (voiced by Fred Armisen) who defend the land of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon ( voiced by Justin Theroux) and his monsters.

Trained by Master Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), the six ninjas have sworn to protect the city by using their martial arts and vehicles – think Voltron meets Power Rangers. Every day Lord Garmadon attacks the city and every day they must defend it.

After the secret weapon is released on Ninjago, the ninjas are forced to work with Lord Garmadon to save the city before it’s too late.

Like the previous Lego movies, Ninjago is filled with outrageous characters, hilarious dialogue, and an adventure that’s fun for all ages. The quippy dialogue mixed with over-the-top characters is a recipe that works for these films. Each ninja has a distinct personality that comes out in the most hilarious ways.

The real comedy comes from Lord Garmadon who can’t help but be a super villain. Plus he can’t stop calling Lloyd, “La Loyd.” It’s a recurring dad joke that works every time.

The best things about a Lego movie is the imaginative worlds they build for the characters to explore. The world building they’re able to do in 90 minutes is incredible. The worlds are so detailed; it allows the audience to get lost in them as the film progresses.

And like most Lego movies, there’s a heartwarming family story at the center of of it all. The Lego movies are really good at hiding medicine in the dessert, Ninjago is no different.

Even if Ninjago is a film you don’t want to see, it’s definitely a message you want kids to see. It’s a family film that’s perfect for all ages. Ninjago exist in the Lego world and doesn’t try to be so much like The Lego Movie that it fails at being it’s own film.

Grade: B