The battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.
Director: Charlie Bean, Bob Logan, Paul Fisher
Cast: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Justin Theroux, Kumail Nanjiani
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Genres: Animation, Family, Comedy
The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a fine addition to the blossoming franchise even if the sheen is starting to wear off just a tad. The movie is full of all the pop culture references and self aware humor we’ve seen in previous installments. The best thing this film has going is Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan shows up in the opening and closing but supplies the film with its heart Master Wu. Justin Theroux is a lot of fun as the villain even if he’s just doing a Will Arnett impression throughout. Theroux and Dave Franco have fun chemistry in the second half of the film. The main issue with the film is that the plot and overall story seems hacked together. The story lacks any sort of real flow even though there are still lots of like here. That probably speaks to the general fun in the franchise, where even a lesser entry still delivers.