The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Premise
Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they're gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they're ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.

The Review
From the Team That Assembled "The Lego Movie" and "The Lego Batman Movie".

Now those are big shoes to fill. Both of these previous Lego movies were awesome and brought a whole new style of comedy to family animated films, so the pressure is certainly on the Warner Bros Studios to keep the momentum going forward. (Or at least not crashing) Of course in a different angle to those two previous films, the Lego Ninjago world already exists in the world of television and therefore a stack load of groundwork has already been built up in order to give the characters some back story and depth. While the characters are mostly the same, the storyline diverges away from that of the TV series. No real surprise there, for when you have a movie you have a lot more to work with in the form of budget, actors and even general scale.

There are plenty of good hearty laughs throughout the film and as with the previous Lego films, it doesn’t take itself too seriously and is not afraid to poke fun at itself along the way. Part of the success in this comes from the wonderful voice cast. Actors like Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco and Kumail Nanijani bring wonderful comedic timing to the film. Kumail Nanijani is certainly fast becoming the flavour of the month with his wonderful work in TV series Silicon Valley and then in The Big Sick. Not only did he star in The Big Sick but he also wrote it based on his own life experiences. As for Justin Theroux, now that guys is mega funny and reminds me of Will Arnett’s work as Lego Batman.

The Verdict
A solid kids film that is not quite as good as the previous Lego films yet still a good old adventure with a decent amount of laughs along the way.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 20th December 2017
Rating: TBC
Duration: 100 minutes 
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson and Kumail Nanijani
Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher

The Extras
The plot will diverge from the TV series.

This is the 2nd time Dave Franco has been in a Lego film. He had a cameo in The Lego Movie (2014).

Will be the first Cartoon Network show to get theatrical film in fifteen years since The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002).

Both Kumail Nanjiani and Michael Pena worked together on Hell and Back (2015).

This is the first time Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods worked together since Silicon Valley (2014).