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“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” Review: Fun but Everything Feels the Same

THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (2017) Review
Directed by Charlie Bean, Bob Logan, Paul Fisher

We’ve had The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie and now, The LEGO Ninjago Movie. There’s this formula that the film gets to be charming and offers a lesson for the characters that the audiences can relate to. The intention is endearing but in this third LEGO movie, it feels as if there’s nothing new to see.

The humor here is, like the previous two LEGO movies, hilarious. It gets to be funny from the actions to the dialogues. And it’s not dumb funny, it’s actually smart.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie tells the story of Lloyd Garmadon, the son of the evilest villain in the city of Ninjago. But Lloyd has a secret identity, he and his friends are the ninjas fighting against the evils of Garmadon whenever he attacks the city. How the secrets unfold will take him to an adventure more complicated than his status as a son of a villain.

It’s a standard action adventure film with the same formula and humor of the LEGO movies. There is enough jokes and action sequences that would entice the audience but there’s also that feeling that the film is going the same direction as the previous films. This makes the film entertaining but also short on surprises. As soon as the moment that the lesson of the film is kicking in, the thought of “I’ve already seen this before” also kicks in.

LEGO Ninjago Poster

3 OUT OF 5 STARS

3 stars

“The LEGO Ninjago Movie” opens September 27 in Philippine cinemas. Rated G by the MTRCB.

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