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Ninja Concede

Posted by xccj , in TV, Thoughts Sep 24 2017 · 408 views

A true Ninja knows when to admit defeat, and alas I must too.

The Lego Ninjago Movie was kinda meh.

There, I said it.

I mean, it was a good movie and stuff, but it is definitely the lesser of the three Lego movies. In fact, there were some of the TV show seasons that I think would outshine it in terms of story and characters. (Tournament of Elements and Skybound, to be precise.) I thought there was potential that it didn't quite live up to, so yes I was kind of disappointed.

So what follows is a semi-spoilery review. I mean, I won't say anything too serious. Like, I'll tell you WHO the Green Ninja is, but not WHY the Green Ninja is...

Spoiler


So it was still a good movie, but still a bit of a let down... and I very much went into it hoping for the best. Honestly, now I'm more excited for the next season of the television show. Yes, the animation will be less impressive and it's not like the fight sequences are any better, but the continuing story probably will be. (At the very least, it won't have to work as hard to establish all the characters.) I probably will get the Lego Ninjago Movie when it comes out on disc, simply for the ability to pause and marvel at the scenery and background characters, because soooo much zooms by on the theater screen that I know I missed out on a lot. But still... mixed feelings about this movie, and that averages below my lofty expectations. :mellow:

Anyway, those be my ramblings. Now, the Ninjago video game... THAT looks like it might be fun!

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"Mixed feelings" describes my feelings about it pretty well, too. The emotional arc was incredibly solid—Lloyd and Garmadon's relationship was much more complex and interesting than it was in the show, where both characters felt like they were being railroaded into a conflict by "destiny". But there were a lot of weaknesses as well, especially an uneven plot and weak character development for the other main characters.

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Banana Gunz
Sep 25 2017 12:16 AM

I liked it, my biggest disappointment was the missed opportunity to have Garmadon pull off one of his arms and give it to Lloyd. It was perfectly set up and would have been a great physical symbol. I guess that's my general thought on the movie--it could've done more with what it had.

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Honestly I liked it a lot more than I did the LEGO Batman movie.

 

Also, who producing these movies has the "Father-Son" issues?? That's 3-3 now. Let's do a LEGO movie without it next time.

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