The Lego Ninjago Movie

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Okay, so the Lego Movie phase for me ended with this one.

I loved The Lego Movie and I may have loved The Lego Batman Movie even more.  However, I was bored almost immediately with The Lego Ninjago Movie and found myself waiting very impatiently for it to end.

Perhaps this is one that kids will love.  I, unfortunately, did not.

Apparently Lego Ninjago is one of Lego’s biggest sets that do not include a licenses that they have received from another I.P. such as Star Wars, Batman etc.  There apparently is some kind of show and movie already in existence with this, including a large mythology.  I have no idea about any of that so I will not be using that as a comparison or a positive/negative.

Jackie Chan shows up to narrate a tale about Lego character Lloyd (Dave Franco), the son of the infamous super villain Garmadon (Justin Theroux).  Garmadon deserted his son when he was just a baby and it has ruined Lloyd’s life.  In response, Lloyd is the leader of the town’s super hero Ninja squad that keeps preventing Garmadon from taking over Ninjago.  Despite his heroic nature as the Green Ninja, Lloyd is hated and despised by the real world because of his connection to his father.

Lloyd still desires a relationship with his father and this is one of the reasons why he struggled to finally stop the villain, despite the Ninjas continued success in preventing him from taking over the city.  Lloyd’s uncle, Master Wu (Jackie Chan) is your stereotypical ancient wise man who is trying to help the Ninjas find their true path.

To say that these Ninjas are a rip off of the Power Rangers would not be a stretch.  They each have a different color armor, with powers provided by different elements.  They even pilot giant robots, though they avoid calling them Zords.  However, none of the other members of the Ninja team is even slightly developed as characters.  Lloyd, who is the Green Ranger Ninja, is the only one of them that has any significance at all.

So, in the film, an even worse force is unleashed, causing terrible damage to Ninjago and Lloyd and his father are forced to team up to try and find an even greater weapon to overcome the first one.  And, of course you know what happens next.  Father and son find moments to bond and work through their issues.

I was so bored by this.

There was nothing truly original (outside of an appearance of a cat) and the story was nothing that we haven’t seen before in Lego movies and done better.  The father-son dynamic was done better in both previous Lego movies than it was here.  In The Lego Ninjago Movie, the father-son story was cliched and typical.

The Lego blocks themselves were poorly used as well, as we had very few effective scenes of anyone building anything worthwhile.  The humor was lacking through much of the story, which is sad considering that Lego Batman is still one of the funniest movies of the year.

Being such a big fan of the first two Lego movies really made the failure of this one disappointing.  Your young children may enjoy this because there is very little that requires anything more than the basic attention.

2.3 stars

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