Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie Reviews
But what carries this movie is the strength of the story. There is real history between Shredder and Splinter, there is a reason he is a villain past mindless destruction. The turtles are not overpowered hero's like your average Marvel movie. Things don't work out easily, Raph gets beat to an inch of his life and thrown through a skylight, all four turtles get beat one-on-one with Shredder, Splinter is chained to a chain-link fence and left to whither, Casey and April are at each other's throats, Danny hurting and stealing from people who is forced to face himself.
The direction they went after this movie was to over-cartoon the characters and plot: ramp up the jokes, tone down the violence, overplay the love for pizza, brighter color pallet.
Of course, special mention must be made to the (as usual) excellent work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop; always a delight to see their work.
It also taught a fair amount of respect to the youth. The entire subplot of the film is finding togetherness and sticking by your family. The boys love for their father fuels their journey and with the help of two new friends they must stop an entire city from falling apart. It made it cool to love your parents. There's actual story there and meanwhile Mamma Mia has a 54%.
The fact that the "critic" score is 40% says alot about the people doing those reviews. There's more to a film than wether or not YOU were entertained. There were great voice actors, fantastic set choices, genius marketing, The Henson Company, and just the right amount of balance between comedy and drama. Almost 30 years later it stands as one of the best films to watch with and teach your children.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie deserves at least a 70%
The thing I like about it the most is it's actually quite a dark film considering it's aimed at children. The whole Splinter being kidnapped scene was quite dramatic. There also some great comedy scenes and they work well with the serious scenes.
The cast were all good but Elias Koteas was brilliant as Casey Jones. The addition of Corey Feldman being the voice of Donatello was excellent. The Jim Henson team did a great job on the turtles and Splinter and I thought the Shredder looked and sounded amazing.
I think this is a great film which suffered at the hands of over the top parents who condemned it for its violent scenes. What you got as a result of this were two terrible sequels.