The Second ‘LEGO NIJANGO Movie’ Trailer Unpacks Some Uncomfortable Family History
Look, I’ll be honest: despite the runaway success of 2014’s The LEGO Movie and last year’s The LEGO Batman Movie, I was never really sure why Warner Bros. was moving forward with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie as the third entry in its LEGO cinematic universe. Maybe I’m completely out of touch - “No, it’s the children who are wrong!” - but the NINJAGO series of video games and movies doesn’t have quite the same pull as the licensed LEGO toys. Besides, isn’t NINJAGO basically just an animated version of Power Rangers? Does the summer really need a second one of those?
And while I still may not understand the whole NINJAGO thing, at least this most recent trailer makes it clear that the movie actually has some jokes worth enjoying. I’ll never get tired of watching Justin Theroux play exaggerated versions of genre characters - his take on a romantic comedy lead in The Baxter may be one of my favorite movie characters of the last two decades - and here he’s joined by Jackie Chan, showing off the knack for animated comedy he once demonstrated in the Jackie Chan Adventures television series (seriously, that show is crazy slept-on, go dig up some old episodes!). I may not know why kids will want to see LEGO NINJAGO, but adults? Yeah, I kinda get that.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for The LEGO NINJAGO Movie:
In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.
The film’s all-star voice cast will also include Kumail Nanjiani, Olivia Munn, Dave Franco, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, and Abbi Jacobson. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie will slice its way into theaters on September 22, 2017.