by on October 18, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

review of Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles Out of the Shadows

Well, they did it. While the first movie/attempt by Michael Bay to translate the reimagining of The Teenage Ninja Turtles felt a bit boring, the unthinkable happened and I think they managed to make the sequel better than the first film!

Megan Fox reprises her role of April O’Neil, Will Arnett as Vernon, while we get a few new faces to the franchise in Laura Linney as Police Chief Vincent and Arrow‘s Stephen Amell as Casey Jones.

TNMT toys and movies.

Brian Tee plays Shredder and Brad Garrett voices Krang and Tyler Perry gets his claws into a role of an ever-hopeful, sort of evil scientist.

The film is directed by Dave Green whose credits include Earth to Echo (2014) and …. um, and… before that he made a few short films, was in the Camera and Electrical department of another film, while has “Miscellaneous Crew” credits from Spider-Man 2 and 3.

Now personally, I love the physical representation of the Turtles with they physically dominate the area with their huge presence. To some degree, I still enjoy their crazy antics topped by crazy fun fighting skills. And to some degree, they almost get the feel of the cartoons that ran for so long on TV, but I remember having pretty fond memories of that first movie.

Casey Jones did not live up to the Casey Jones from the first (original) film, but hey, they do seem to be toning it down with the franchise a bit.  (I remember from the original film a scene where Jones and one of the turtles were insulting each other while working on the engine of a car. The trick was, they were insulting each other going alphabetically.)

Be it as it may, despite the slightly more subdued tone from the franchise, this film seemed to have more legs under it than the first remake while our turtle heroes faced off against the issue of going public, becoming normal and fighting off the evil that threatened to destroy the Earth.

I don’t think I would have minded dropping money on the film in the box office but since I didn’t, it’s hard to say. There are some movies that just make you want to throw up in the theater, but as a time killer on TV, they aren’t all that bad. I’m guessing that’s just different expectations and experiences, where in a theater, you just dropped bucks to be disappointed while TV, well, it’s just TV, with it’s usual cable for satellite fees. But I did enjoy this film as a fun distraction while using the public transit of NorCal’s Caltrain service.

So yea, if you’re looking for a fun distraction I think you’ll be OK.

The film got a 6/10 on IMDb and the usual bashing on Rotten Tomatoes from the professional critics who grade even the fantasy genre on the same scale as true literary works of film art, giving it a 37%.

Oh, and they definitely take advantage of having Megan Fox in the cast. Just saying.

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