The LEGO Ninjago Movie follows the exuberant LEGO Batman Movie which overwhelmed both Lego and Batman fans. Lloyd (Dave Franco), joins his Ninja pals to take down the evil Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) who threatens to take siege over the lively streets of Chinese LEGO city - Ninjago.
Sprite Ninja Teens click together in all the right places. In contrast to LEGO Batman - Ninjago stretches back to what initial made the lego movie its own - incorporating the LEGO series' unique wackiness with a fresher narrative. Told through the adorable Lloyd (Franco), Ninjago's mix of both loony dialog and the hustle and bustle of Ninjago city truly bring this lego outing to life. It displays a somewhat realistic, certainly better established world than Gotham City.
When considering the target demographic for both The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie - the two are fairly extensive. With that in mind, we can all agree Ninjago is primarily a child centre work of its own - easily making LEGO Ninjago the bravest of the LEGO series.
Not only does it create an original universe worth investing in but establishes all new characters we quickly learn to love. It's no excuse however, not having a dominant fan base to fall back onto, but LEGO Ninjago embraces it, gathers what bricks it has and builds another cute, cartoonish caper. It succeeds in being both a standalone adventure and a worthy addition to the LEGO series.
Rather than a disadvantage the obscurity of LEGO Ninjago almost becomes novel. Most often you aren't certain what is going to happen next and to be quite honest neither does the film - by great revelation, Ninjago makes it work. Driven by the dynamic duo - Lloyd and Garmadon - Franco and Theroux present some of their most magnificent work - and clearly do a lot more than just paying the electric bill.
Three films in the LEGO series steams along in a comfy if not profound position. Ninjago's natural narrative combines with the series' fourth wall humour, by this stage it's clear the plastic people are till on the upswing.
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