Soundtrack Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie

Soundtrack Review: The Lego Ninjago Movie

The Lego Ninjago Movie Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Lego Ninjago Movie by Mark Mothersbaugh.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 97.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 50.7
Album Excellence: 90.6%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

The Lego Ninjago Movie is a 2017 American 3d computer-animated action comedy martial arts film directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher & Bob Logan and starring Jackie Chan, Dave Franco & Fred Armisen. 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 score is composed by Mark Mothersbaugh.

They must have loved what Mothersbaugh did for The Lego Movie because he’s returning for a strange but cool part of the Lego univers, the Ninjago one. I loved playing with Lego growing up, but Ninjago wasn’t a thing until a few years ago. It’s funny though because Ninjas was hot shit when I grew up in the 80s and it’s pretty much only Lego keeping that alive. Mothersbaugh is on a hot streak at the moment delivering a way too good score for Thor: Ragnarok, one which I didn’t think he could pull off. Kudos to him. So I’m naturally very excited for this one, specially since I enjoyed his Lego Movie score. The score opens with ‘Lego Ninja Shop’ and in true ninja style, the music is very inspired by Japan, although did I hear some Chinese Erhu in there? Although not the best of quality, it wasn’t too bad. The percussion and flute though is unmistakably Japanese. The opening cue is a bit hot and cold and probably doesn’t represent the score too well.

The score comes alive with ‘Wise Master Wu’, a beautiful and peaceful track featuring flute for the most part. I can totally see that being used for an old Ninja master who’s wise as the cue suggests. The bad guy Garmadon is coming on strong with dark deep horns and plenty of action in ‘Garmadon Attacks’, a proper evil sounding cue but it’s also mixed in some ninja music for good measure. It’s very fun though and very energetic which I remember was one of the qualities of the Lego Movie which I enjoyed. It has to be like that in my opinion. Both Lego Movie and Batman Lego Movie has had fun and entertaining scores and this is no different. This one just has a little ninja spin on things which is never a bad thing. With this score and the recent Thor: Ragnarok scores, Mothersbaugh has convinced me that he can be the epic guy as well as the comedy guy and I look forward hearing more action scores by him.

HIGHLIGHTS:
8. Wise Master Wu
9. Garmadon Attack
10. The Rise Of Kitty Kitty
11. A Wish And A Ruined City
15. Sibling Rivalry
16. A Grave Amount Of Generals
17. Ninja’s To The Rescue
18. Arm Popping Flying Lesson
19. The Lady Iron Dragon
20. The Ultimate Ultimate Weapon
21. The Art Of Spinjitsu
22. Here Kitty Kitty
23. Big Hug

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