Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release date: August 8, 2014 (USA)
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Production companies: Nickelodeon Movies, Platinum Dunes
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Whoopi Goldberg
PG-13. 1 hr 41 minutes
I love Comic Books.
I love Video Games.
I love reading.
I love watching films; both Hollywood slush, Indie- I’m there!
I’m no film critic. I don’t write reviews nor do I get paid to do so . What I do know is that the Internet is filled with supposed angry TMNT fans and the Michael Bay hate is strong. You’d think that many of these people are film critics themselves.
There’s something going around called the “bandwagon disease.” There are people out there that’ll bash anything without either experiencing or witnessing it for themselves. It’s a catchy disease but have no fear! There’s a cure. It’s called open mindedness.
When I first heard about the reboot or remake or whatever word fits your fancy, I was neither angry nor surprised. After all, it’s Hollywood. I also didn’t expect much. I learned that lesson the hard way after viewing X-men Origins: Wolverine and being totally disgusted by not only the movie itself but how Gambit (my favorite X-Man) was portrayed. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Street Fighter movie. From that moment on I decided to not get over hyped when it came to movie adaptations of comic books and video games. Hollywood will never get it right. It’s just not part of their DNA.
So I bought my ticket and went with a few friends. I sat in my seat, with an open mind (that’s more than I can say for those who still complain about the movie and haven’t seen it yet.) After the movie was over, I left with a smile on my face.
The basics of the story is pretty much the same. The Foot Clan, led by Shredder, are in New York doing bad things. April O’Neil (Megan Fox) happens to magically stumble into them and finds out that vigilantes are fighting back. She’s determined to find the story which will help her ever stagnant career and she gets her wish. The Turtles come, she meets them, she passes out . . . I think you can figure out the rest from there.
Of course there are a few changes in the movie that probably won’t sit right with hardcore fans (besides the Michael Bay ruins everything he’s associated with bandwagon belief.) The storyline had its fair share of plot holes and ‘wha?’ and laughable moments.
1. The Foot Clan aren’t ninjas.
Well, they didn’t look like ninjas to me. They seemed better equipped to fight with guns in their hands rather than going the pugilist route.
2. Shredder looked like a mini Transformer.
I absolutely couldn’t stand his outfit. Every time he was on screen, I waited for the moment when he’d transform into a plane and just fly away.
3. I did not like how April O’Neil’s character.
I felt as if they pushed her history into the plot line to make her more relevant instead of just sticking with the reporter gig even though in the original, black and white comic, she’s a former lab assistant. (Her history has been changed more than once so it’s hard to say what’s considered accurate and what isn’t.) I don’t want to give away spoilers but if they would have cut out 95% of the scenes that showed her, the movie wouldn’t suffer.
April and her cameraman, Vern, on screen = boredom
Turtles on screen = exciting parts in the movie
4. The Turtles were strong as all hell.
I mean, they’re awesome fighters but brute strength seemed to save the day plenty of times. Jumping out of plastic (or were they glass?) cages, Ralph busting through the side of a truck, punching enemies so hard that they flew through the air.
5. They looked like their personalities.
To me, this was a great thing. I liked how they looked and I mean, I really liked how they looked! If you don’t remember, let me remind you a little:
Leader and boy, did it show.
Fun, jokester Turtle
Big and looking as if he’s been taking steroids.
Smart Turtle. He’s wearing glasses in the movie, electronic stuff on his back. I think it was a little overdone.
6. CGI was great.
Some of the actions scenes were, well . . . action scenes. I did see a little Transformer influence in them but it wasn’t enough to ruin the fun.
7. The Elevator Scene
For me this scene captured just one of the many things that the Turtles represented. Not only was it funny but the tune was catchy. I’ve seen both good and bad posts about this scene. I think what we fail to realize is that this isn’t the black and white comic book Turtles that drank beer, swore, and killed their enemies. This is the classic 80s, fun loving, children loving Turtles who love music, pizza, and having fun.
I know it’s the first reboot/remake whatever. If they do make a second film, I hope they include him in it.
Overall I enjoyed it. I found it entertaining and funny and I was also able to relive my parts of my childhood in the process! Although there were a few things that irked me, it wasn’t enough to totally take away from the movie.