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The LEGO Ninjago Movie Review (2017) | Ninjas Assemble!

Just when you were about to feel there’s no such thing as too many LEGO movies, The LEGO Ninjago movie walks in tall to prove you wrong. It does so with its weird plot rambling. Humour is great, makes you laugh all the time. Doesn’t have to struggle with that part at least. But the story-line of the flick is just sauntering pointlessly and you could feel it in your bones when the movie becomes a sheer exercise in lethargy.

It is long and tedious, with its plot being one of those cliched stories we have seen a dozen times over. It blends different kinds of flicks making spoofs out of them. However, the good thing about it is that the movie is almost intelligently crafted. With elements from real-time, for instance, a cat (Meowthra) making its way into the storyline effortlessly is probably a genius thing to think of about a LEGO city that’s built in a room, of course. That’s where the strength of the movie lies. Also, the animation is done brilliantly. For that, my heart just goes out to all those people who meticulously helped it to reach fruition.

Garmadon

The most cherishable thing about The LEGO Ninjago movie is a character called Garmadon. Voiced by Justin Theroux his perfect comic timing will make you guffaw loudly. It’s created and performed brilliantly. His carefree reckless attitude is the best.

I must have butt-dialed you.

Garmadon The LEGO Ninjago Movie

He plays the father to our protagonist Lloyd voiced by Dave Franco. Lloyd is shunned at his school since his dad is a supervillain. But the twist is that it is none other than Lloyd who is the Green Ninja who secretly fights and tries to stop his father from destroying their city Ninjago.

The way the twist is shown doesn’t feel like a twist, actually confuses people till they get it.

Lloyd: You ruined my life!

Garmadon: That’s not true! I haven’t even been a part of your life, how could I ruin it? I wasn’t even there.

Editing of The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Spoilers)

The story of The LEGO runs for too long pointlessly. That’s where the editing becomes questionable. It stretches too much with a neverending plot which seems to go nowhere with Garmadon the villain often bouncing to and fro, becoming the good and the bad guy himself. Then eventually we find out that the villain isn’t him but a cat. So that was a bummer! But from the vantage of the LEGO creatures, it all seems legit.

We could have removed many things, to be honest, and made the movie short and sweet. The time we see the second big assault happen and we find the Ninjago team getting badly ripped, till that point of time, The LEGO Ninjago Movie feels absolutely great. But then Master Wu (Jackie Chan) jumps in and the training begins which feels like a dispensable spread.

To make matters worse Garmadon, the badass villain he was, takes the journey alongside his enemies, helping each other out getting in on that estranged father-son bond.

Lloyd: On scale of one to ten, how bad is it?

Garmadon: Oh, I’d say it’s about a seven….point…..arm ripped off.

Most of the parts are too stupid to believe, that’s what forces you to stop taking any of it seriously. The secret Ninja force feels really useless, to be honest, with Zane being pointlessly robotic. I think he was chosen to be a robot for just one punch line.

The Mom is a Superhero too!

While some might have found it cool, I found it absurd. As if things weren’t gaudy already. Mom (Koko) voiced by Olivia Munn was a superhero and a role model of Nya. Another one of those dispensable sub-plots that were deliberately trying to make the movie something it wasn’t in the first place.

He was so ambitious. He said he wanted to conquer the world. I thought it was a figure of speech.

Owing to that the movie runs for an absurd amount of time. Such subplots are brimming aplenty and that’s what gnaws at the tale. Although it is understandable that they ultimately complement the story, and hence were chosen.

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The Prologue and Epilogue Real-Time Angle

Another part that might have miffed a lot of people could be that dispensable prologue and epilogue part where real-time characters of Mr. Liu (Jackie Chan) and a child show up. Even though it feels like that imagining a story feels better that way, you could tell it was deliberately punched in to justify the cat angle. It was Mr. Liu’s contempt for his cat that ended up turning it into a villain.

Even though the usage might have slightly helped with the plot, you could feel an evident need to remove it, being an animated movie completely. The story in a story bit, we could have done without. Some things should be left to viewer’s imagination.

There is nothing out of the box about the story and it goes on inexplicably into a territory a subtle writer could have easily avoided. But the clever things remain limited to the cat and….okay that’s it.

The Lego Ninjago Movie Gang

Master Wu’s face always seems like it is smiling, an apparent artistry error. It becomes hard for you to concentrate on the serious things he says with a smiley face. I had a hard time listening to him and then slapping that face on him just made it worse.

The Final Verdict

The LEGO Ninjago movie is fun, no doubt. But there are so many issues with the movie that makes it less of a movie, more of a childish fancy, very similar to the stories we used to make, playing with our LEGOs. That being said, it is almost intelligent. But what stops it from becoming outright ravishing is its stretchy plot, and its numerous issues.

Au contraire, what makes it really worth watching is the one and only hilarious character – Garmadon.

Miss The LEGO Batman Movie? Read its review.

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The Lego Batman Movie Review (2017) | Batman Suddenly Became Much Cooler

Just when you thought how dark Batman really is, walks in The LEGO Batman movie to prove otherwise. A bucket load of fun! The LEGO Batman Movie is everything you want to see in a good comedy. Batsy is just hilarious, is everything we found him to be like in the first Lego movie, and more. The self-obsessed narcissistic image of Batman who prefers to enjoy his own company to anyone else literally owns his own movie. His preference of solitude, of him missing his family, secretly wishing for one, aids in basically steering the story forward.

Theme of The LEGO Batman Movie (Spoilers)

The LEGO Batman movie starts the moment the mandatory precursory symbols like WB and DC begin to show up. That quintessential rugged batman voice that Will Arnett has perfected, goes in the background pointing out the darndest things that we have always secretly thought about, but never really aloud.

Black. All important movies start with a black screen. And music. Edgy, scary music that would make a parent or studio executive nervous. And logos. Really long and dramatic logos.

Then he squeezes out comedy from everything that shows up on the big screen.

Warner Bros. Why not Warner Brothers?

It wouldn’t be wrong to say it’s a movie 1 hour 44 min well utilized sans end credits of course.

Highlighting Teamwork

Introducing characters like Robin and Batgirl  highlights one thing that Batsy had been doing wrong all this time. Trying to save everyone by literally punishing his body and mind, working all by himself. He chooses to work alone even when there is useful help at hand. The LEGO Batman movie teaches you the value of family, of working together as a team and overcoming obstacles by shooting at them “Pew Pew!”

Robin: My name’s Richard Grayson, but all the kids are the orphanage call me Dick.

Batman: Well, children can be cruel.

batman batgirl and robin in the lego batman movie

Along with that cardinal theme, the flick also banks on the concept of Phantom Zone here and unleashes supervillains from every dimension. So different worlds, be it be Harry Potter, LOTR or King Kong, walk in the middle of Gotham. All those characters you have watched over the years growing up, villains that exist, villains that you have never heard about, villains created for sheer fun, they all grace you with their presence.

Joker – The Nemesis

Jokes, as Joker likes to call himself, remains the soul of this one once again. However, the twist in the tale is that he is smitten with the concept of him being the yang for Batsy’s yin. All he cares for is Batman’s attention, because Batman hasn’t been taking Joker seriously.

The Joker: You are seriously saying that there’s nothing special about us?

Batman: There is no “us”. Never will be.

He walks in with his cute perversion trying to insert that villainous element into the story. His master plan works as always cornering Bats into taking that one step that challenges him and his choices.

Meanwhile, Bane talks just the way he used to in the Nolan Universe.

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The comedy doesn’t spare anybody. It prods the Marvel Universe too with:

‘Puter: What’s the password?

Batman: Iron Man sucks!

The Unusual Pace

The only problem with the movie is its pace as far as action is concerned. It hyperjumps at the speed of light, and it’s hard to focus on what’s happening. It puts questions at the movie’s editing that takes the focus away from it. For those who can’t keep up, a second watch becomes a must.

Apart from that, it’s a joyride, that is meant to be super cool, fun, and as awesome as Batman.

Batman: Who always pays their taxes? Not Batman!

The Final Verdict

The LEGO Batman Movie proves that the LEGO animation universe is here to stay owing to their brilliant slapstick humour and exceptional timing. It takes its characters and one ups their hilarity quotient. Batman was no exception to that. That being said I would like to point out that as far as animation is concerned, DC continues to rule. \m/

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