‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’
U; Animation, Action, Adventure
Manager: Charlie Bean, Bob Logan, Paul Fisher
Cast: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Abbi Jacobson, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux
This feature-film form of the animated TV series ‘Ninjago: Experts of Spinjitzu’ could be a kind of an upgrade but it is not exactly ground-breaking or special . Additionally, it is nowhere close to matching the smarts of ‘The Lego Film’ or even climbing up to the ordinary humour degree of ‘The Lego Batman Movie.’
The struggle for NINJAGO City is around and youthful Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with secret ninja musicians, led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), have the bothersome task of beating the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), Lloyd’s daddy. So it is essentially a father against son confrontation.
The movie credited to three supervisors (Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan) and a fairly large clique of authors, has very little to show contemplating all that mind power backing it. The thoughts are all hat and the humour is seldom more worthy. A live-action cat, Meowthra, who terrorizes Ninjago City when she has inadvertently summoned using a red laser pointer, adds a mayhem but even that trail runs out of thoughts.
The narrative structure that is bookend sets off the moan to such a degree that it begins to feels sluggish and finishes that are dull before it is runtime. The world building is un-substantive and rather flimsy. The voicing though is effective. Seems like the only reason for this exercise is to promote a new line of merchandise!
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