The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017)
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This movie had its charming moments, and as a fan of the genre, I enjoyed it as well as the actors in it. However, I have to admit, it didn't have the pull and the pizzazz of the first two LEGO movies.
It wasnt a bad movie, there wasnt anything particularly wrong with it, i was just bored. The first Lego movie was exciting and had weird turns at every scene. It was fresh and new. The Lego Batman movie had the benefit of established characters and mythos to play around with. This movie does a poor job of making me care for its characters and stretches any decent joke so thin that i stop caring before the seen is over. Still, it is peppered wth clever gags, good visuals, and eventually a good moral. Its good for the kids and not the worst thing you'll have to sit through for them.
Let's get it out of the way early: The LEGO Ninjago Movie does not reach the fevered heights of either the original LEGO Movie or LEGO Batman. Based on a pure-LEGO property, it simply can't compete on the fun references front. It does tap into Asian cinema tropes (giant robot anime, kung fu films, samurai epics), but that stuff is sort of lost on a general audience and for a particular fan of those genres, there's not enough of it. But it's still a lot of fun. It has a sometimes touching father-son story (what happens when your dad is pure evil, but you're not? this could have been LEGO Star Wars, am I wrong?), even if the family politics, as it were, are rather surface level. To my enchantment, it starts with a live action sequence starring Jackie Chan (who also voices a character in the story), and live action elements creep into the movie in a way that tries to do something a little different from the other films in the franchise. I went in not caring about Ninjago (in LEGO Dimensions, it's the stuff I tend to snore through because I have no attachment to the world), but came out as a fan.
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