The Lego Ninjago Movie a 2017 3D computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by Warner Brothers based on the Lego Ninjago toy line. The film stars the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan.
It feels like forever since I have done a movie review – even longer since I’ve done a new release! With a trip to Legoland Windsor this coming Saturday, I thought why not get in the mood and go and watch the latest instalment from the Lego franchise!
I loved the Lego Movie when it came out way back in 2014 and I dissapointingly didn’t get round to seeing Lego Batman so I had to make sure I watched Ninjago in good time. Prior to watching the film, I wasn’t too clued up on Ninjago however the premise was fairly straightforward – heroes, the ninjas, fighting against the villains.
What was so great about the Lego Movie was the witty humour and the vast number gags, not only for children but adults too. Lego Ninjago incorporates all of this to the very highest order and I’d go as far to say that the humour is better than that of the Lego Movie. Whether you are 6 years old or 60 years old, Lego Ninjago will definitely make you laugh.
Visually, the Lego Ninjago movie looks great! Obviously creating a Lego world and capturing the movements of Lego vehicles and figures etc is always going to be a different task to that of your standard animated film and in all honesty I thought the original Lego Movie was a bit clunky in its animation. However in the Lego Ninjago Movie, the animation is a lot more free flowing and visually does look great – I think this would be a great film to watch in 3D if you got the chance!
One part of the animation that did annoy however was the cat, Meowthra – a monster which wreaks havoc across the city of Ninjago. What annoyed me was how beautiful everything else looked and how the cat looked as if it had just been green-screened in! Whilst the gag was indeed funny, I think a little more time / money could have been invested to perfect this.
The plot starts off great and I really enjoyed the opening 30 minutes or so as the characters were introduced and the scene was set. However from here on out, I felt as if the plot became weak and the ending was very anti climatic. There had been a huge build up throughout the film to its ending and I was disappointed with its final sequences.
Go and watch, wait for the DVD or avoid altogether? – Overall, the Lego Ninjago movie is a very enjoyable and watchable film and despite the weak plot, the plethora of jokes more than make up for this.