Opening like a Shaw Brothers movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie is from some of the creative minds that were behind The Lego Movie, and The Lego Batman Movie. It hits blu-ray and DVD today from Warner Brothers, and may find a measure of success that it didn’t quite gain at the theatres.
Dealing with a lesser known Lego toyline, Ninjago, the story is, in fact, the Lego version of a Kung-Fu movie, a Godzilla movie, a mech/kaiju movie, all those classic film tropes that have crossed the world from Japan and China, combined into one big family friendly film that plays with these ideas while also putting a solid father-son story at its heart.
Lloyd Garmadon (Dave Franco) is just your regular teenager… with a couple of secrets. He is a member of a fighting force of fellow teens learning to be ninjas, and defending their city from the almost daily threat of Garmadon (Justin Theroux), which is his other secret… his deadliest enemy is his father, who left him and his mother, Koko (Olivia Munn) when he was just a baby.
After unleashing The Ultimate Weapon in an effort to defeat Garmadon, the city is destroyed, and Lloyd and his co-horts, Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani), Kai (Michael Pena), Nya (Abbi Jacobson), and Zane (Zach Woods) must set out on a spiritual quest led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan) to discover their abilities, save themselves and their city.
Filled with layers of humour that we’ve come to expect, thanks to the two previous films, The Lego Ninjago Movie is a solid family fan that brings everybody’s favourite childhood (and adulthood) toy to life in an entertaining way.
Like the previous Lego instalments, there’s a fun and informative collection of extras that include a number of featurettes about the making of the film, its history, and the cast, music videos, fan made Lego shorts, and a collection of outtakes
The transfer is great, but that sort of thing is to be expected nowadays. That still delights me each and every time, however. It sounds as good as it looks, and the film is imbued with a real sense of fun, which I think may find its home at home, with blu-rays and DVDs.
Now that Warner and Lego have three solid features under their belt, I can’t help but wonder what they will give us next, Lego Justice League (can you imagine?)?
The Lego Ninjago Movie is available on DVD and blu-ray from Warner Brothers today!