Starring the Voices of Dave Franco, Justing Theroux, Jackie Chan, Fred Armisn, Michael Pena,
Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn
Screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher and William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington
Directed by Charlie Bean and Paul Fisher and Bob Logan
Reviewed by Paul and Patrick Gibbs
Out of Four
|The Ninjago Team is ready for action.|
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|Lloyd is disappointed by his Dad yet again.|
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Theroux, the guy who is referenced in all of those tabloid headlines that make you think "Wait? Jennifer Aniston with Justin Timberlake now?"). Meanwhile, Lloyd Garmadon (voice by Dave Franco), the group's Green Ninja and leader, struggles every day with being known as the son the diabolical fiend who threatens the city, combined with all of the other angst that comes with having an absentee father.
When Lloyd learns about "the ultimate weapon" from Master Wu, he wants to use it, but Wu warns him that he is not ready. But during a confrontation with Garmadon, Lloyd makes a rash decision, putting the entire city of Ninjago in mortal danger and losing the trust of his team. Wu must set out to find "The ULTIMATE Ultimate Weapon" in order to save the city, and but he agrees to let Lloyd and the team accompany him on the perilous quest.
|Master Wu vs. Lord Garmadon.|
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That's the worst case scenario, however, and The Lego Ninjago movie is still enough goofy fun on its own level to get a pass from us. The voice cast does good work, especially Chan (who somehow makes the word "green" absolutely hysterical), Theroux (who sounds a bit too much like Will Arnett but nails the comedic delivery so decisively that it doesn't matter) and Zach Woods as Zane, the White Ninja of Ice. Zane is a robot doing a very bad job of trying to blend in as an average teen, and this joke s probably far funnier than it should be ("If we were the Beatles, you would be John, you would be Paul, you would be George and I would be their computer."). Dave Franco and Olivia Munn are good as Lloyd and his mother, Koko, though they are saddled with what passes for dramatic moments in the movie and as such don't get to be the favorites, but the movie wouldn't work if they didn't work, and they deserve to get some credit.
The Lego Ninjgo Movie is really just a blip on the radar of Hollywood releases this year and is not anything that is likely to be remembered for long, but if you go into ready to have a good time and keep your expectations within reason, you will find yourself charmed by its silly antics, and there's just enough heart to make it all play. Where the franchise is headed and how long it can hold up remains to be seen, but for now, just have fun with it.
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