THE LEGO NIN­JAGO MOVIE (PG)

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOVIES -

DOESN’T QUITE SNAP INTO SHAPE ... OR BUILD TO ANY­THING, US, 101 MIN

No prizes for rightly as­sum­ing a third Lego movie (and the sec­ond this year) has some tough acts to fol­low. After all, ev­ery­thing was awesome about the orig­i­nal. And the re­cent The Lego Bat­man Movie was gen­uinely Bat-tas­tic. Nev­er­the­less, this mar­tial arts­driven af­fair marks a steady drop in qual­ity for the fran­chise that is hard to over­look. The story takes place in Nin­jago City, where young Mas­ter Builder Lloyd (voiced by Dave Franco) and his school friends are liv­ing se­cret lives as heroic ninja war­riors. Their most dreaded foe, the evil war­lord Gar­madon (Justin Th­er­oux), also hap­pens to be Lloyd’s not-so-at­ten­tive fa­ther. The vis­ual bril­liance of the Lego an­i­ma­tion for­mat still pops on the big screen like noth­ing else in the cartoon realm. How­ever, the many mech­a­nised bat­tle se­quences can get very Trans­form­ers-ish. Sto­ry­telling is also quite bland com­pared with the sharp writ­ing of the first two in­stal­ments. Aver­age.

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