REVIEW: THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is one of those movies that you can’t help but wonder what will they come up with next. A comedy filled with laughs for the whole family, the timing luckily couldn’t be better after the awkward drought of good movies recently.

With the LEGO Ninjago toys not having the biggest fandom in Malaysia prior to this movie, it still serves as a great marketing tool for the crazy journey that our main protagonist, Lloyd, undergoes. Sadly the only flaw that let’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie down, is that formulaic plot that we have already seen twice before from the previous big LEGO movies. Oh look it’s a negligent father figure that is an evil conqueror that SPOILERS learns the meaning of being a father by reconnecting with his arch rival/hero son Lloyd – so original.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually fully enjoyed the movie, but that predictability stops me from wholeheartedly recommending this movie to everyone. While not yet like a stale baguette, if you’re already fatigued from The LEGO Movie and The Lego Batman Movie’s fun and family friendly atmosphere or humour, do give this one a pass. Otherwise, you will still be  quite entertained by the silly humour and near perfect comedic timing from this movie that you have come to expect from the previous ones.

As for all the haters who think the plot is silly or filled with holes, the movie whole premise sets itself to be silly from the beginning, also it’s a LEGO movie for crying out loud. The whole movie is narrated by Jackie Chan with the premise of puting a smile on real life kid’s face who walked into his store. End of the day, no one can argue that The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a heartfelt movie and does the whole feel good movie vibe right.

Let’s just hope that they don’t make the next LEGO movie with a similar plot, at least this time I got Jackie Chan’s stardom to fall back on for the flaws of The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Hmm… I’m somehow reminiscent of the animated series Jackie Chan Adventures, even though he didn’t voice his own character. Ah, the good old days.

Pros

  • LEGO humour and excellent comedic timing
  • Jackie Chan
  • A movie that doesn’t take itself seriously and is self aware
  • Fun for all ages

Cons

  • Becoming predictable
  • Not a strong IP
  • Father-son relationship plot for the third time
    • Yes, I know it’s a feel good family movie, but please be the last

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