The LEGO Ninjago Movie

(2017)

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Title:
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Release Date:
21st September 2017
Runtime:
101 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
Genres:
Directors:
Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
Writers:
Bob Logan, Paul Fisher
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they're gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they're ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 51%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 63%
IMDb Rating 6.4

Casts

Dave Franco as Lloyd
Fred Armisen as Cole
Jackie Chan as Master Wu/Mr. Liu

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by steve beard ([email protected]) 23rd September, 2017

Not As Good As Previous Lego Movies

I saw "The Lego Ninjago Movie", starring the voices of Jackie Chan-The Karate Kid_2010, the Rush Hour movies; Dave Franco-The Now You See Me movies, the Neighbors movies; Olivia Munn-Office Christmas Party, Magic Mike and Justin Theroux-The Girl On the Train, Miami Vice_2006. This is another Lego movie but it's just not quite as good as either The Lego Movie or The Lego Batman Movie-my favorite of the three. This one has it's moments but overall, it's just not as funny. Jackie bookends the movie with real-life scenes. He plays a shop keeper that is telling the story of Ninjago to a little boy. FYI: Ninjago is the name of the island everyone lives on. Jackie also voices a character in the story, Master Wu, who is the teacher to the Power Rangers......Oopps, sorry. They are ninjas that dress in different color outfits and use robotic looking creatures to fight the evil warlord invading their island, so, as you can see, it's easy to get them mixed up with the Power Rangers. Dave is the green ninja and leader of the group, who also just happens to be the son of the aforementioned evil warlord, Justin. Olivia voices Dave's mother. As you can probably guess, Dave has daddy issues. It's not a bad movie- I'm sure the little ones will enjoy it-but it could have been better. It seemed like the writers didn't give their best efforts. As the end credits start, there are some bloopers with the live-action scenes of Jackie Chan but there is nothing at the very end. It's rated "PG" for some mild action and rude humor and has a running time of 1 hour & 41 minutes. I don't know if I would buy it on DVD but it would be a good rental.

Reviewed by datautisticgamer-74853 22nd September, 2017

Still enjoyable with some uncomfortable caveats

As soon as I completed my viewing of The LEGO Batman Movie back in February, I had some expectations that this film would continue the tradition of using a "style" for more than a plug for LEGOs themselves. I have to say that after viewing this, I was half correct. It seemed from the start that the odds against this film were high given how Ninjago is less recognizable than Batman, however it managed to in its own right be enjoyable. The morals rehash those in The LEGO Batman Movie, though it does add its own messages that I don't feel like spoiling as to not give away this film's identity. One of the main complaints I have here is that while the story does offer with its writing some good jokes, the execution of some things such as the timing was significantly downgraded from The LEGO Batman Movie. The animation offered some necessary changes to make it closer to a believable Ninjago movie, such as the integration of live-action and the use of more realistic special effects like water and smoke, but I would prefer The LEGO Batman Movie since it knew more when to use only LEGOs and when to throw in real effects; it made the action scenes more engaging. The characters are more obscure than in its "predecessor", again owing to the simple fact that Batman is more popular than Ninjago, and thus would not be easily identifiable unless you watched the Ninjago series (like Masters of Spinjitzu as I did). One thing I do appreciate is that they gave Garmadon more personality than just some evil villain as I remember, though it could also owe to the fact that I have not seen any Ninjago material for years. To sum up, this is essentially an inferior version of The LEGO Batman Movie with less successful humor and a more specific appeal: to Ninjago fans. If you are one of the latter, you will enjoy this film with the twists it placed on the franchise's core characters, but for anyone else (even LEGO fans) I would advise a reasonable amount of caution in case you possess intrigue.

Reviewed by farzan-19808 21st September, 2017

A great film, yet filled with a few noticeable flaws. Still a MUST SEE...

I'm 15 years old, and I can honestly say that this was a good movie. Although some sections of the movie were definitely a bit dry, the fight sequences and voice talent surely made up for it. I've been a Lego Ninjago fan for a long time and this was a good refresher to the brand. Compared to the previous Lego movies, this might not have been the best, however when you compare to other kids movies- this is a pretty nice film. I do feel however that the other ninjas should have been given more of a story and much more character development.

Reviewed by ericmagana 21st September, 2017

Good, not as bad as people say from my point of view

I think it was great, yes it had a more or less good story, but that isn't the writers' fault because there is so much that's taken from the other Lego movies, feeling so cliche, but the animation is the best of all three so far, mixing Lego and real elements was the coolest thing the last two didn't have, it doesn't have as many jokes as the last two movies, it's not supposed to, and it's really hard to keep both fans of the TV show and new fans because they had to change a lot from it, and also keep some things from it, maybe if people watched the TV show before watching the movie would understand what I'm talking about, that's why I understand why people doesn't like it as much as the other 2, having to deal with keeping us fans of the show happy and also everyone else is a hard job, so I'm thankful for their work, and also there is some great music in the soundtrack and the voice actors are amazing, some great highlights would be Jackie Chan as sensei Wu , Dave Franco as Lloyd,Zach woods, Michael Pena as Kai and the best is Justin Theroux as Lord Garmadon, he did it great, and his lines really are the best, and the action is unbelievable, it's great that a stunt team recorded all those moves, something that the last 2 movies didn't have, so there are all my reasons to like this movie, and I hope if someone reads this can understand why I really enjoyed the movie and maybe learn to appreciate it a little bit more and change your opinion if possible.

Reviewed by machinepieman 20th September, 2017

Everything The Lego Movie isn't

I think The Lego Movie is not only a masterpiece, but probably the greatest animated movie ever made. The movie is filled to the brim with fun characters, hilarious jokes, a surprising amount of sociopolitical commentary, and to top it all off it makes fun of all the tropes you see in Hollywood blockbusters and children's movies today by USING THOSE TROPES WITHIN THE FILM TO MAKE FUN OF IT. It's a genius film that kids enjoy because they don't realize what it's doing and see it as a regular kids movie, and adults can enjoy it because they can see what they're ACTUALLY doing. The Lego Ninjago Movie is none of those things. The Lego Ninjago Movie is, in fact, everything that the original Lego Movie was making fun of. The characters here are exactly what you'd expect: loner high school students that are made fun of constantly that are also actually heroes and no one knows it. They're fighting the bad guy who is actually the dad of the main hero and if you've seen any family movie ever made, you know the rest of the plot. It's the most cookie cutter kids movie you could make, unfortunately, and it seems as if the directors here never even watched The Lego Movie or understood the actual complexity of the film. Even comparing it to The Lego Batman Movie, which also drops a lot of the complexity of The Lego Movie and just tries for a hilarious and fun movie for adults and kids, The Lego Ninjago Movie still can't compare. The jokes within here will make kids laugh for days, but for adults will fall flat on their ears, save one or two good lines. The emotional moments feel completely forced and don't carry the weight you expect from the previous Lego movies. Even the action scenes are boring, existing only to fill the 90 minute run time. Compared to other kids movies, The Lego Ninjago Movie is fine. There are times where it doesn't take itself seriously, and those moments are actually great and will remind you of the previous Lego movies. The environment is also very well done, and I'll go so far as to say they did a better job designing Ninjago City than Gotham from The Lego Batman Movie. It's an average movie that kids will definitely enjoy, but when you've made two great Lego movies so far that shows how you can create unique animated and children's movies, it's disappointing to see them turn their backs on those lessons and create something so mediocre.