Lego and their toys have been a key part of my childhood as I’m sure it has been with most people. That being said, I’ve been a fan of them for as long as I can remember, and seeing a big screen movie of the toys coming to life was a dream come true. While I did enjoy the Lego Batman movie, it just didn’t have that same kind of magic as the original film. The latest big screen feature is The Lego Ninjago Movie, which also isn’t as epic as the original movie, but has enough fun, humor and action to make it a pretty close second that families will enjoy together.
After a fun intro where a boy walks into an asian antique shop that’s run by Jackie Chan (who also voices Master Wu), we’re transported to Ninjago City where a team of ninja heroes protect the city from the evil Garmadon (Justin Theroux) and his minions who always try to take over the city and eventually the world. Making things awkward is that the ninja team being headed by Lloyd (Dave Franco) is Garmadon’s son and goes to high school with the rest of team where he’s feared and made fun of on a daily basis. Lloyd is the green ninja of the group, Kai (Michael Pena) is the red ninja and Nya (Abbi Jacobson) the silver ninja’s brother. Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) is the blue ninja, Zane (Zach Woods) is an android who is the white ninja, and lastly there’s Cole (Fred Armisen) who is the black ninja. Led by Master Wu (who is also Garmadon’s brother and Lloyd’s uncle), these teens are put to the test one day when Garmadon comes to town with a seemingly indestructible weapon that even the ninjas and their cool mechs can’t take down. This leads them to go on a hunt for the ultimate weapon that will push their teamwork and friendship to new heights while granting them powers they never knew they had, which they’ll need to take down Garmadon or fall to pieces trying.
I had a good time watching this as it felt like it was trying to go back to what made the original Lego movie a lot of fun, which was poking fun at itself and having a nice balance of humor and action. The cast works and plays off each other well, which always means there’s a laugh or a chuckle bound to happen as you watch, and I like how they spliced in some real-life bits into the film, such as a real cat that tends to smash the Lego buildings of the city, and the moments when Jackie Chan and the boy in his shop play as the intro and outro to the movie. As with most of the 4K films I’ve seen, this one looks and sounds great thanks to UHD with HDR color along with Dolby HD audio. All of these come together to make every little detail in the visuals and audio come alive perfectly to bring viewers the best way to experience the film.
There’s also plenty of special features to take a look at when you’re done fighting alongside the ninjas. Audio commentary with director Charlie Bean and some other various crew members discussing the movie and the production of it is a nice way to kick off things. “Team Supreme: Building Ninjago” is a nice featurette that goes behind the scenes a little to show some interviews with the cast, them working on the voices, making the film, and more. “Rumble in the Bricks” covers the fight choreography used in the movie as well as Jackie Chan’s involvement in the live action bits, “Rebrick Contest Winners” shows off a few shorts made by fans, there’s three “Mini-Movies” to check out with “The Master: A ‘LEGO Ninjago’ Short” being my favorite when Master Wu takes on a chicken that’s just as powerful and crafty as he is. Rounding out the extras are some fun music videos, deleted scenes, some always funny outtakes, and some promotional stuff.
The Lego Ninjago Movie is a ninja-filled fun time for all that’s sure to leave viewers laughing and cheering as they watch. A fun cast and their characters playing off each other well help keep things crazy and interesting, along with 4K visuals, audio, and a nice amount of special features that make for a nice treat when the film is over. So if you or anyone you know is a Lego fan or loves family friendly flicks, you’ll want to don your ninja outfit and join this team for laughs and action.