The title of The Lego Ninjago Movie alone is enough to make your head spin. What is it about? What does Ninjago mean? Well, if you don’t have kids or you are not a kid, you may find the story and universe of this movie extremely difficult to comprehend. To start at the beginning, back in 2011, Lego began production of some sets called Ninjago. This is some kind of a blend between ninjas and mecha atmosphere.
The universe has robots as well as dojos, where someone can learn the ancient art of Spinjitzu. As for main characters, there are five, all of them ninjas who have the purpose of fighting the evil lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux). In his turn, this is a mix between a terrifying Japanese oni beast and a samurai. Long story short, this universe and movie takes a bit of everything and creates a world of its own.
The Lego Ninjago Movie
There are five main characters in this movie. They are Cole (Fred Armisen AND Michael Pena), the earth ninja, Kai, the fire ninja, Zane, the ice ninja (Zach Woods), Nya, the water ninja (Abbia Jacobson), Jay, the lightning ninja, and the son of the warlord Garmadon, Lloyd, the green ninja (Dave Franco). As funny as those actors may be, there are instances in the movie when a kid would surely not understand certain references.
Basically, this movie wants to do a lot and ends up doing too little. It’s hybrid nature is tiring and all over the place. Let’s not mention, difficult to understand, especially for a kid. As for the plot, it revolves around Lloyd, the estranged son of Garmadon who protects the city of Ninjago from his father’s brutal attacks, with the help of his ninja friends.
The teenage issues come into play, as everyone at school hates him because of his father. Finally, using what he learned from Master Wu (Jackie Chan), Lloyd gains the courage to confront his father. All in all, this movie wanted to be too much for a Lego movie. And it shows, big time!
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