Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews
The turtles are what you'd expect them to be which is totally gnarly ninja dudes who use colorful banter to full effect. Some could say that they undermine the darker tone, but if you know the source material then its expected and welcome. You know what you're in for.... besides why change something that worked so well in the first place for the sake of being dark?
April O Niel and Casey Jones help support the 4 main mutants and are entertaining themselves. Holy crap was Shredder well done. He was like a ninja Darth Vader. He reminded us why he was such a good villain on the cartoon show.
This is a worthy adaptation of the source material treated with some care for fans and and filmgoers of all ages. It is cheesy and has moments of juvenile hijinx, but it also has heart, humor, visual artistry, and crowd pleasing fun to match all the impressive martial arts. I may be nostalgic, but this will live on for generations to come.
Four teenage mutant ninja turtles, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello, live under the streets of NYC, prowling around in the sewers. When activities of the foot clan start to arise and they befriend a human, they'll find themselves up against an entire crime wave and a powerful foe. Along the way, they'll learn what it truly means to be a family.
Now, I went into this film not expecting much, if anything at all. With all the new Ninja Turtle films coming out, all I've heard is just how great the original was. I just chalked that up to a whole bunch of adults in love with this nostalgic flick, unable to recognize if it was actually quality. To my surprise, this film was a lot better than expected.
The best thing I can say about this movie was the direction it brought itself in. The directors and writers knew what they wanted this movie to be about and they were able to create one central vision for the film itself. There was this clear cut family dynamic in the film and there was no doubt that there was a lesson to be learned here. Not only did the turtles learn a valuable lesson, but they focused on the message of what it means to be a family. I really enjoyed their attempt at relaying that message, and although it's not the most powerful thing in the world, it was nice to see that extra depth.
One thing I've always loved was the four ninja turtles. I truly think they're some of the best characters out there and they never fail to make me laugh. Although there was more humor from the turtles in the newest adaptations, I still enjoyed the turtles here. This was basically all practical effects and the turtles didn't look so bad. It worked for the film and each turtle had their own distinctive personality. I watch these films for the turtles alone and I had a blast watching them come to life on the big screen.
The story is fun in its own right, but is overall pretty weak. Yes, there is a narrative here and it can be exciting at times, but there was nothing special about it. Actually, when watching this film, I realized just how much plot points the new film took from this film, except this film did it much better. There was a lot more effort put into the narrative here and although it's nowhere near perfect, it's still an enjoyable story for what it is.
There are plenty of cringe worthy moments in this film, whether it's the corny one liners, awkward origins, cringy acting, or over the top fights, there will be plenty of moments to roll your eyes in. I'm not saying it wasn't enjoyable, because it was, but there will be some noticeably bad moments in here that not all will be able to overlook.
In the end, I actually found myself enjoying this film. It has its problems for sure but take this movie for what it is and you'll have a pretty fun time with it.