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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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Office Christmas Party Review (2016) | Cracks You Up Good

Office Christmas Party is written in sheer fun. Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s entertainer is a movie that will crack you up at every juncture. It’s a party that would make you want to go to. It’s this contrasting placement of work with fun that makes the concept of Office Christmas Party a jovial hoot. Then again, the movie banks on its thriftless ostentation to get through but despite all the vulgarity and the bawdry, jokes still flow.

Plot of Office Christmas Party

You might think a movie like Office Christmas Party wouldn’t be having much to its plot if it’s all about showing blatant debauchery. But the movie proves you wrong the second it starts.

With awesome witty lines to bedeck its screenplay the movie chugs forward with Jason Bateman’s Josh Parker character trying to finalize his divorce. He is the Chief Technical Officer of a company called Zenotek. Olivia Munn’s character Tracey Hughes is the Head of Tech and is a girl brimming with outstanding ideas. T.J. Miller portrays Clay Vanstone, the branch manager who is as fun as he is in person. He is literally the life of the flick.

image of T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone and Courtney B. Vance as Walter Davis in Office Christmas Party

With the devilish character Carol Vanstone played by Jennifer Aniston, who is also the intermediate CEO of Zenotek, the story dabs its first throttle. She threatens to lay off 40% of its staff, cut bonuses and to cancel the inbound Christmas Party which everybody was so psyched about. Clay wishes to fight her off by roping in a huge client, Walter Davis played by Courtney B. Vance. What follows are acts of turpitude in order to please the client to save the Zenotek branch.

Comic Orgy (Spoilers Ahead)

As the movie progresses you realize that it paces up gradually. The party moves up a notch every second. Just like alcohol. It settles in and makes you feel better. We get to see funny characters like Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Karan Soni and Da’Vine Joy Randolph turn on their full-blown mode.

Jillian Bell’s Trina will force you to burst into laughter.

I don’t do handshakes, I do hugs.

When you see Jesus wading through the party arms spread on a horse, or when you see a reindeer in the toilet, or when you behold Jeremy drop the thumb sitting on the Game of Thrones chair, you feel you got your money’s worth. Watch out for such bits!

Also, it’s the presence of Olivia Munn in the movie that makes it a very satisfying watch. Her eyes do most of the talking and you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with her all over again. And she gives you a smart enough reason to keep it that way.

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The Final Verdict

Office Christmas Party has all the elements one needs to helm a movie into an entertainer. It makes you laugh uncontrollably, but then at times it is outright stupid. But the thing with comedy is that you gotta live it, enjoy the reverberation and then laugh it off.

Christmas is almost here. Go watch this lunacy!

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