'The LEGO® NINJAGO Movie' Will Delight Kids, Not Kidults

Everything is not awesome.


Starring the voices of Dave Franco, Jackie Chan

Directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan

The year’s second LEGO®  flick — after The LEGO® Batman Movie — concerns a band of badass ninja defending their very-Japanese metropolis from an evil warlord (Justin Theroux), who happens to be the estranged father of one of the stealthy warriors (Dave Franco).

Enter Master Wu (Jackie Chan as a sagely sensei — what a surprise) to guide the confused lad through the crisis. Before you break out the popcorn and start singing ‘Everything is Awesome’, be warned: Unlike the earlier LEGO® movies, NINJAGO is aimed squarely (or is it rectangularly?) at kids, not kidults.

The blocky action, still cute and imaginative, is a little too frenetic for anyone over 10 years old. The jokes, too, are a bit thin. So everything is not awesome.  (**1/2)

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