Ninja he­roes get re­boot


Irish Daily Mirror - - MOVIES -

Kick back with the ninja he­roes of this en­ter­tain­ing an­i­mated ac­tion com­edy, based on the pop­u­lar Ninjago TV se­ries. The third in the Lego Movie fran­chise is aimed at pri­mary school kids, and, once in its rhythm, is another brightly coloured and fast-paced romp.

Lloyd is at high school but his life is com­pli­cated by his se­cret iden­tity as the leader of a team of colour-coded nin­jas. With the ex­cep­tion of a girl and a ro­bot, they’re all anony­mous blokes.

They pro­tect Ninjago city from the fre­quent at­tacks by the war­lord Lord Gar­madon, who hap­pens to be Lloyd’s es­tranged fa­ther.

When the for­bid­den Ul­ti­mate Weapon is un­leashed – a bril­liantly funny mo­ment – the nin­jas set off to find the Ul­ti­mate Ul­ti­mate Weapon to de­feat Gar­madon.

2014’s su­pe­rior The Lego Movie de­vised a su­perb shift into the real world to al­low for a fa­ther-and-son rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

In this movie, there’s a brief open­ing scene in the real world when a young boy en­coun­ters Jackie Chan’s wise old shop­keeper. He tells the boy to ig­nore ev­ery­thing he knows of Ninjago, for he’s about to learn the leg­end be­hind the leg­end. This al­lows the film to plunge into the an­i­mated realm and re­boot the char­ac­ters mi­nus their TV his­tory.

For ex­am­ple, there’s no men­tion of their spe­cial pow­ers of Spin­jitzu. And ev­ery­one hav­ing en­tirely new voices is ini­tially dis­tract­ingly. Chan also voices the ninja’s teacher, Mas­ter Wu.

With each ninja hav­ing their own mech­a­nised trans­port such as a dragon, gi­ant spi­der or huge, shark-fir­ing mechanoid, no child will leave bereft of ideas for Christ­mas.

This hasn’t been such a hit in the US as pre­vi­ous Lego movies, pos­si­bly be­cause there are seven se­ries on TV. But mostly, I sus­pect, be­cause it doesn’t have Bat­man in it.

Cert U Run­ning time 101 min­utes

Get the week­end started with this Bri­tish com­edy hor­ror which of­fers shots of gore, sex and hu­mour in roughly equal mea­sure.

Michael Socha plays an id­iot jack-the-lad who tries to engi­neer the loss of his mate’s vir­gin­ity. Danny Mor­gan is the guile­less soul who turns 30 the next day and is rou­tinely hu­mil­i­ated for his poor phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

The quest for ca­sual sex leads them to a bar where they iden­tify two sis­ters as suit­able con­quests.

Kelly Wen­ham is im­pres­sively ripped as a kick-box­ing vamp while Ge­or­gia Groome is the sweet and sen­si­tive young sib­ling. How­ever, the women have a but­ter­fly fix­a­tion, daddy is­sues and their own agenda.

Soon events turn messy in a toxic rush of alcohol, drugs and vi­o­lence, and com­pli­ca­tions arise when two of the four start de­vel­op­ing feel­ings for one another.

It’s much more than the town which ends up painted red in the en­er­getic and bloody fi­nale.

★★★★★Bril­liant ★★★★Good ★★★Av­er­age ★★Poor ★Dread­ful

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