Well here is a bombastic loud crazy film, literally built with lego. The movie is an example of relentless pacing that does not let up. There is no time for contemplation, we are just moving on, if the jokes feel flat, no worries mate, we have already moved onto the next.
It feels like a action film that is one long scene. Now when I say action film thats is a length of a film, I am not comparing to the Masterpiece that is Mad Max Fury Road, I am more in line to compare with the putrid mass that is Transformers by Michael Bay. As with the Transformers movies, it hides its convoluted mess in its continued lets move on action focus, and like the mind of the Gold Fish, thirty seconds later memory is of no consequence.
Ok, I am not saying this is a crappy film, nowhere near the comparison to the Transformers movies are. LEGO NINJAGO, does have a heart to its story, there is a soul, though admiringly as it is, this time around the concept is more stretched than its LEGO MOVIE predecessor, which was a great success. Loyd our protagonist is a high school student with all its trials and tribulations, with his close friends they have secret identities, as heroic fighting Ninja Warriors in disguise, they are led by there old wise-cracking Master Lu . As with every superhero style films and stories, the heroes journey is always filled with tasks, trials, life threatening choices and decisions. Loyd lives on a Island called NINJAGO, their lively hood is threaten by a Villain overlord Garmadon.
To save there City Island, Loyd and his Ninja warrior friends, must fight against this mean old Overlord, but at the same time fight with there own egos, and overcome there own fears. Nothing new story wise, but fresh in the way it is built with lego. For Loyd the extra twist in its tail is that the Villain Overlord Garmadon, is his Father, which has had no connection since he was a baby, taken away to be brought up by a solo mum, who wanted better life for him.
As you can see there is a lot of deep and meaningful stuff crammed into what really is a kids action film. It tries with earnest, and I give credit to its ambitions, but it personally felt there was to much sugar coating, it just dose not fully connect. It feels a bit messy, and to fast paced, to really have those type of emotions to connect through with the audience. All that being said, it is fun ride for the kids, its fast paced, moves along with no excess waste.
One thing I did find of interest, but maybe that is from an adults point of view, the film with all its crazy pacing, can feel tiring on the eyes, and wears you down just simply taking in all the visual mise en scène that is thrown at you, or maybe it is example of attention span of the youth today.