LEGO Ninjago review
LEGO Ninjago movie opens today in theaters. We are huge LEGO fans and the first two LEGO movies were fantastic. We love LEGO so much that the Dad of our family worked for LEGO for 10 years. We even visited Legoland in Denmark with four young children. We attended a sneak preview of LEGO Ninjago a few weeks ago. The original LEGO movie and the subsequent LEGO Batman movie were both family favorites. They were enjoyable, whimsical, and funny movies that never took themselves too seriously. The two original movies provided a moviegoing experience that was fun for any age group, including adults. The first two LEGO movies set the bar so high with a hit song and rave reviews. We hoped that this third LEGO movie would be just as awesome. We brought three children (ages 9,13, and 16) to see LEGO Ninjago and their reviews were mixed.
LEGO Ninjago focused on the story of Lloyd (pictured above, left) and his quest to learn who he was and who his father was. The main villain of the movie was Lord Garmadon (pictured below), who wanted to be the mayor of the city. When Lord Garmadon attacked the city, 5 colorful ninjas (who were all high school students), consistently kept the city safe. The plot twist became fairly obvious as Lloyd tried to discover who his father was. There were some obvious parallels in the plot to popular shows including Power Rangers and Star Wars. One of my favorite scenes was when the cat rampaged through the city and knocked over all the LEGO buildings just like real cats do.
Since this is a LEGO movie it is safe to bring kids of all ages. There were no bad words or sexual situations and the violence was cartoonish. The theater was filled with very young children (mainly in the 2-5 age range) who were really enjoying the movie. My kids were all fans of the previous LEGO movies and were really excited to see LEGO Ninjago. Unfortunately, this movie was not as enjoyable as the two previous ones. At the end of the movie, I realized that my 13 yr old had slept through most of it. This movie just did not keep his attention at all. Our 9-year-old thought the movie was really fun and she enjoyed it very much. The 16-year-old also enjoyed many of the scenes, but he thought overall it was not as good as the first two LEGO movies. I recommend this movie for young children who are LEGO fans, but their parents might fall asleep. We all loved the first two LEGO movies so much, that our expectations might have just been too high. We suggest that you take your kids to see this movie because they will enjoy it. As long as you do not compare it to the previous LEGO movies, it will hopefully be a fun family movie night.
You might want to see the trailer for LEGO Ninjago before you go: