Everything is not awesome. After being thoroughly amused while watching the Lego Movie and Lego Batman, The Lego Ninjago Movie was a big bummer. The funniest parts were in the trailer. I kept thinking “any minute there will be a scene that makes me crack up.” The fact that I was thinking about that, coupled with the generic storyline, is telling of a very mediocre film. Even my 12 year old little brother didn’t laugh very much, so I know it’s not because I’m a “boring old adult.” It felt like the storyline copied ideas from any other ninja movie combined with The Power Rangers and the father-son theme of Star Wars that resembled Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker but in a goofy way. The root of the story about how Lloyd’s father leaving his family causing a broken family to struggle and fend for themselves, while relevant to our society, was way overdone and forced towards the end in an overly emotional rant.
Maybe we were just spoiled with 2 amazing Lego movies before Ninjago came out. All I know is, I was ready for it to be over halfway into the movie. If I were you, I would wait to watch this when it comes out on DVD/Netflix/Amazon Prime. However, I’m still looking forward to another Lego movie. This Lego movie gets 2 yellow plastic thumbs sideways: 5/10