THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE (PG, 101 MINS), DIRECTED BY CHARLIE BEAN, PAUL FISHER & BOB LOGAN,
There’s a little town on an island far away.
Everything is not awesome all the time, but the people who live there mostly seem happy. Despite, at least once every couple of days, being attacked by the evil Ninja Wizard who lives in the permaerupting volcano across the bay. The people of Ninjago have a notso-secret defence force of Ninjas of their own. Out of costume, they are the five geekiest teenagers at the local high school.
But once the evil Garmadon and his many disposable minions attack, they transform – like Power Rangers or the Thunderbird’s Tracy boys – into colour-coded superheroes with all manner of powers and robots at their disposal. Complicating matters just a little is the fact that Lloyd, the Green Ninja, is also the unacknowledged son of Garmadon.
There’s a mysterious Ninja master – of course – and a whole bunch of challenges, quests and foes to overcome. But the plot of The Lego Ninjago Movie unfolds pretty much as it must. The pleasures of this film, as with any genre piece in general and ones told with little plastic bricks in particular, is in the details.