The Lego Ninjago Movie: A sometimes funny movie brought low by cliched story
The Lego Ninjago Movie: A sometimes funny movie brought low by cliched story

The Lego Ninjago movie is an animated movie, directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob logan and starring the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Kumail Nanjiani, Olivia Munn among others.

It is the story of a teenage ninja who tries to accept the fact that his father is a villain and how he makes new friends and enemies along the way, towards his journey. The movie has a structure of a story within a story, which could have been utilized in much better way.

The movie is sometimes charming, but often fails to be innovative and the story it tells is very standard and cliched. There are some nice jokes, and a wondrous moment when a cat attacks the Lego city but it isn’t enough to sustain the attention of the audience in any manner. The voice cast is uniformly strong, with a delightful cameo from Jackie Chan and has been beautifully animated, with elaborate set pieces so that the audience can appreciate it’s epic visual imagery.

The music by Mark Motherbaugh is lush and appropriately delightful, even though its also forgettable, like the rest of the movie.

I’d recommend watching the movie if you want to spend your time on some pleasant, harmless entertainment, but you’re likely to come out of theater not really impressed and also trying to remember the story