Saturday, December 16, 2017

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Blu-ray Review by Kam Williams

3rd Episode in the Inspired Animated Series Released on Blu-ray

Lloyd Garmadon (Dave Franco) must be the least liked student at Ninjago High. The unassuming 16 year-old is so unpopular that no kids will even sit on the same side of the bus with him on the ride to school. 
What they don't know, however, is that he has a superhero alter ego, namely, the Green Ninja. In that capacity, he serves as the leader of the Secret Ninja Force, a team of five teens and an android under the tutelage of Lloyd's wise and wisecracking uncle, Master Wu (Jackie Chan).
In lieu of weapons, he's trained each of his proteges to harness a different force of nature contained in his magical treasure chest. The hot-headed Red Ninja (Michael Pena) controls fire. The music-loving Black Ninja (Fred Armisen) has mastered earth; the Blue Ninja (Kumail Nanjiani), lightning; and the Gray Ninja (Abbi Jacobson), water; while the robotic White Ninja's (Zach Woods) domain is ice. 
Their appointed mission is to prevent Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) from conquering Ninjago City. Complicating matters is the fact that the evil villain also happens to be Lloyd's long-lost father. He abandoned his wife (Olivia Munn) and baby when she resisted his embrace of the dark side. 
So, all the boy knows about his dad is the little he's been told by his mother and uncle. Consequently, Lloyd is as eager to meet as to defeat the diabolical warlord with the well-earned reputation as the world's "Worst Guy Ever."

If you've seen either LEGO or LEGO Batman, then you have a decent idea of what to expect from the third installment of the inspired, animated franchise. Directed by Charlie Bean, the frenetically-paced, action film features not only another visually-captivating adventure, but more of the pithy asides and clever allusions to screen classics which make the movie interesting to adults not necessarily in the target demo. 
Ninjago ultimately proves to be the best episode yet because of the profusion of positive messages delivered by the picture's end. An alternately high-octane, hilarious and heartwarming treat that's hard to beat!

Excellent (4 stars)
Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Running time: 101 minutes
Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Group
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Team Supreme: Building NINJAGO; - Rumble in the Bricks; Rebrick Contest Winners; Mini Movies: Shark E. Shark in Which Way to the Ocean; Mini Movies: Zane’s Stand Up Promo; Mini Movies: The Master: A LEGO NINJAGO Short; LEGO NINJAGO TV Series Sneak Peek; Music Videos: Oh, Hush! & Jeff Lewis Found My Place; Music Videos: Everybody Have a Ninja Day; Music Videos: Warlord Ballad; Music Videos: Rocktagon; Garmadon TV; deleted scenes; gag reel; The LEGO NINJAGO Movie: Behind the Bricks; Please Silence Your Cell Phones; Please Put on Your 3D Glasses;
LEGO Sets in Action; The LEGO NINJAGO Movie: Ninja Formation; Find Your Inner Ninja with Jackie Chan; Ninja Jokes with Jackie Chan; Kicks & Bricks: Making The LEGO NINJAGO Movie; The LEGO Ninjago Movie: Back to School; Me and My Minifig; and commentary by director Charlie Bean and crew.

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