Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the re-boot of a franchise of movies from the late 1980’s and early 90’s and also a comic book about 4 mutated turtles who are trained as ninja’s by a rat called Splinter.

During the time of the original films, TMNT were possibly one of the biggest things around, the cartoon was huge all over the world and every single person could tell you the names of the turtles that were named after famous painters, Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. The cartoon has made a come back in recent years on Nickelodeon and with the confidence returned in the franchise Michael Bay decided to revive and re-boot the movie format.

This film picks up very much like you would expect if you know the comics, the turtles are learning the ways of being a ninja and working towards defeating a rising menace in the Foot Clan, led by the evil Shredder.

The film itself, has a lot going for it, but also a lot missing from it and I can understand a lot of the negative hype around the film, but what it does right, it does it very well. The mo-cap technology used on the turtles is 2nd to none, not quite up there with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but very believable, it’s a shame that Splinter looked so cartoon like compared to the turtles.

The characters themselves are very good, with maybe the exception of Donatello, I’m not entirely sure they captured his character as well as they could, kind of treating him like a bit of a coward and more of a tech geek than in the comics and cartoons. That being said, they nailed the rest of the characters, with Michelangelo stealing the show as the funny and slightly dimwitted character of the film.

On the human front we have Megan Fox leading the way as April O’Neill, she isn’t amazing, but not bad either. Fox’s character actually had a lot more screen time than I was anticipating with the crux of the film evolving around her more so than the turtles, especially for the first half anyway. Will Arnett plays April O’Neill’s cameraman Vernon, if I’m honest, I’m not overly sure what he brought to the film, yes he was finny in a couple of instances, but for the most part I actually found his character a little awkward.

I think were a lot of the criticism will come will be based around the bad guys in the film, Shredder, although the main bad guy in the film and the one involved in the final fight scene, plays 2nd fiddle to William Fichtner’s character Eric Sacks, that along with them hacking up the origin story, is were I felt the film let itself down.

Overall, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a little formulaic and very much the type of film Michael Bay normally is involved in and if your happy to disengage your brain when entering the cinema, this is a very enjoyable 90 minutes of film. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and will likely appeal to children (kid’s in my screening were screaming with laughter at points), but if you embrace your inner child, i’m sure you will grow to enjoy this film for what it is. I for one, found it entertaining and I’m interested to see were they take the already announced sequel.

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Alan Horne

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