THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (PG)
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.