The manic sensibilities of the LEGO cinematic universe have finally caught up with itself in "The Lego Ninjago Movie," the second movie of the spinoff franchise this year. The formula has begun to show and the action feels quite redundant. Spared by a few gags and solid voice-work by Dave Franco, "Ninjago" presents a tipping point quandary for the franchise that could go either way from here in a quality sense.
After starting the franchise off with two outstanding works of animation, this latest "Lego" film is a major disappointment. Yes, it has its moments of the smart humor and emotion that the series is regarded for. But, the characters are forgettable, the action is underwhelming, and the story never quite reaches its full potential. It's not a terrible film, but it's not remarkable in any particular way either.