Run time: 101 mins
Pronounced ‘nin-jargo’, I think, this Lego toyline has been in family homes for around seven years, and due to the recent success of The Lego Movie, they are on our screens too.
We find ourselves in the idyllic Ninjago community, a place under the constant threat of destruction thanks to a neighboring volcano that houses super-villain Garmadon (Justin Theroux). It’s left up to a group of brave, if somewhat clueless, ninjas to fight him off, spearheaded by a very mysterious and very green hero. What the locals don’t realise is that behind the mask lies Lloyd (Dave Franco) a teen loathed by most for being the estranged son of Garmadon. When Ninjago is threatened by an even more terrifying force, father and son are forced into an uneasy partnership on a quest to save the day.
Ninjago is a confounding hybrid: a vague mash-up of martial arts, giant monster, and mecha genres, set in an even vaguer Asian-fusion metropolis with the additional layer of obfuscation in the form of the Legos themselves. Kids won’t care, nor will we. (research Jack Whiting)