Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

A still from The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

We’ve been looking forward to The LEGO Ninjago Movie since we saw the first trailer. Dylan and Xander absolutely love the TV series and I’ve enjoyed numerous episodes as a result.

Our luck was most definitely in when we were invited to a special event to celebrate the launch including an early screening.

Last week, we were next to Tower Bridge bright and early. The event in question was a special Spinjitzu class led by two-time Olympic champion Jade Jones.

Upon arrival, we were issued with ninja-style headbands. The boys were very excited about getting these and kept them on all day!

After an introduction by Dick and Dom it was time to get moving. The majority of people there were members of Taekwondo groups so it was quite a sight.

The less said about my efforts the better – I still hurt from foolishly trying to keep up with Jade Jones – but Dylan and Xander did well.

It was a great workout to start the day and it really got us in the mood for the film. Here’s what we thought of it…

The LEGO Ninjago Movie follows the double life of Lloyd as well as his estranged father Garmadon. Lloyd is unpopular in the city of Ninjago, mainly because his dad is an evil warlord. What people don’t realise, however, is that he is also the leader of the secret ninja force that protects them all.

Along with fellow ninjas Nya, Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane – and under the tutelage of Master Wu – Lloyd must save Ninjago from a threat even greater than Garmadon.

I can’t say much more without spoiling the plot, but rest assured that Garmadon – AKA the worst guy ever – has a strong presence too.

There’s fast-paced ninja action as well as an array of frankly awesome vehicles and dragons. Oh, and a huge mecha man that fires sharks. Of course!

The film is packed with the brand of humour that has become synonymous with LEGO. This is helped by an excellent voice cast including the legendary Jackie Chan, Dave Franco and Olivia Munn. Justin Theroux deserves a special mention too for his show-stealing turn as Garmadon.

As well as the trademark laughs and a couple of familiar themes, this film is a lot of fun. I watched it with a huge grin on my face and am already looking forward to seeing it again. The same can be said of the boys, who have both asked when it’s out on DVD!

While there are some similarities with its predecessors, this one more than stands up on its own and we loved it. Definitely a good choice for a family film at half term.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is released on Friday 13 October.

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