The LEGO Ninjago Movie: What You Need To Know
For years now, Danish toymaker LEGO and software developers TT Games have been making a killing by adapting popular franchises such as Harry Potter and Batman into a series of popular toys and award-winning games, but in 2014, LEGO took this franchising model and flipped the script by applying it to a movie of their own directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind the 21 Jump Street reboot.
It proved to be a hit, raking in more than $450m worldwide and setting the stage for more movies featuring everybody's favourite plastic building blocks. Last year, LEGO went one step further, taking their recreation of Batman and making a film of their own starring the caped crusader, voiced by Arrested Development's Will Arnett.
That too proved to be a hit and by September last year LEGO were ready to release the second of their original films, this time based on their popular toy series LEGO Ninjago. After another successful run at the box office, this week the film arrives in stores on DVD and Blu-ray. Here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
Dave Franco leads a cast that includes Jackie Chan, Saturday Night Live stalwart Fred Armisen, Gracepoint's Michael Peña, Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Silicon Valley duo Kumail Nanjiani and Zach Woods.
And who's directing?
The new film is directed by the trio of Charlie Bean (TRON: Uprising, Robotboy), Paul Fisher and Bob Logan, the latter pair having worked together on Chris Miller's Puss In Boots.
What's the plot?
For anyone who has spent any time with the video game of the same name that was released last year, the plot for the film will seem very familiar, since the game pretty much follows the film's script.
For everyone else, Franco voices the story's main protagonist, a high school student named Lloyd who lives with his mother, Koko, in the Lego Universe city of Ninjago. On the face of things, Lloyd's life is no different to any other boy from a single-parent family, but Lloyd is unpopular at school because his estranged father happens to be an evil warlord named Garmadon who has tried numerous times to conquer the city, only to be fooled each time by a mysterious band of ninjas led by a wise old man named Master Wu (Chan).
What Lloyd's fellow students don't know is that the mysterious ninjas are actually Lloyd and his friends, and when Garmadon plans an all-out assault that threatens to destroy Ninjago for good, Lloyd must team up with his friends, confront his father and try to stop Garamadon's invasion from being successful, even if that means working out his differences with his father.
Does it deliver?
If you've enjoyed the other films in the LEGO series then there's no reason you won't enjoy this one too. As with the other movies, The LEGO Ninjago Movie features the same brand of irreverent humour that makes their films fun to watch for adults and kids alike. You can find a trailer below...