The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Paramount Turtles left from right: Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Paramount
Turtles left from right:
Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo , Donatello

The Turtles Are Back!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. The movie is directed by Jonathan Liebesmann, and the Turtles were created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. The movie is quite entertaining; however, it is still getting negative critical reaction. There are reasons for some criticisms in this movie but audience members seemed to enjoy it. They  had some skepticism about a Michael Bay produced Ninja Turtles movie. Bay hasn’t made or produced many good movies in the last few years; however, he got it right with the Turtles.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie begins with the Foot Clan ravaging certain industries of the New York City. They attack robotic and chemical labs. April O’ Neil, Megan Fox, is struggling reporter who wants to make a name for herself. She keeps investigating the Foot Clan and their activities with the resistance of her camera man Vernon, Will Arnett. She sees a Foot Clan raid and meets the Turtles. She and the Turtles try to stop Eric Sacks and Shedder.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is visually spectacular, fun, and entertaining. The biggest positive of the movie are the Turtles. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo have their personalities intact. Donatello is such a nerd, and his glasses give him the ability to be a lot like Batman. Mikey loves watching YouTube videos, Leo mediates all of the time, and Raph trains a lot. They all have their personalities which causes trust and conflict issues between them. Megan Fox is another positive.

Fox plays a better reporter than Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel. Fox actually gets into the heat of battle and doesn’t have to be constantly saved by the four heroes. She gives a lot of depth to April O’ Neil and has a good interaction with the four heroes in a half shell. Honestly, her human story wasn’t a problem and tied in with the Turtles logically. There are quite of few negatives about the movie.

For one, Splinter looks horrible. He is a bald rat that wears a foo man chu. He is cool when he fights but his appearance made my stomach turn. Secondly, Will Arnett makes so many sex jokes about him and April. He comes off as needy and creepy. Finally, the story itself is a rip off of the Amazing Spider-man, and Sony should sue them for copyright or something. They story itself is entertaining. Of course, any Michael Bay film has some crude and sexual jokes that are not needed.

Overall the new Ninja Turtles film is quite fun. The Turtles are entertaining, and Fox plays a good April O’ Neil. There are some Michael Bay parts of the movie such as crude humor and sexual jokes about women. He did produce the damn thing. This movie is nowhere as bad as Transformers or The Amazing Spider-man 2. Unlike Godzilla it is not a disappointment. Turtles gets 3.25 out of 5.


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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn  Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn  Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
Written by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn
Featuring Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon

(I am Groot) translation by Rocket Raccoon “Guardians of the Galaxy is the next big Sci-Fi Franchise”

Guardians of the Galaxy was a spectacular space adventure. In 2012 at San Diego Comic Con, Marvel announced that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was officially being developed. The nerd world was “Alright cool, It will be good.” All of the non nerdy people were like “Who the hell are the Guardians of the Galaxy?” At the end of the credits people were raving about their enjoyment from watching the movie. People were walking out saying out of the theater saying “That was awesome.”  Guardians of the Galaxy does come from an obscure comic book series.   The public will thank Kevin Feige (head of Marvel Studios) for deciding to branch out the Marvel Cinematic Universe in space and allowing this movie to be made.

Guardians of the Galaxy begins with young Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt) is abducted from Earth after his mother dies.  The movie flash forwards his life 20 years, and he is a plunderer and a thief. He belongs to a group called Ravagers lead by Yondu (Michael Rooker). He steals an Orb that Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) want so they can destroy planets and galaxies.  Quill steals the Orb but gets no where. Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) are after Quill for different reasons. The four outlaws get arrested by the Nova Corps and meet Drax  the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in a prison. The five outlaws team up to steal the orb and help Drax kill Ronan for killing his family. They realize that need to protect the orb so they form the Guardians of the Galaxy.

First of all, we should congratulate James Gunn, Nicole Perlman, and Chris McCoy (who did an uncredited screen write) for bringing this movie to life.  They developed a fantastic story that brought these five characters to the big screen. Gunn found cast members that had chemistry.  The Guardians drive the movie. The story is great, the visual effects are fantastic, and the dialogue is well written.  The dialogue is so hilarious. For example, Drax at the end of the movie is talking to a Nova Corps officer (Universe’s Police Force) and asks if pulling out someone’s spine would be legal for killing his family. The Nova Corps Officer (John C. Reilly) replies no this that still murder. It is considered the worst possible crime and Drax nods his head and replies with a good.  The audience feels like they are in a space adventure like Star Wars.  It is the cast that makes the movie.

Pratt, Saldana, Bautista, Diesel, Cooper, and Rooker have such a great time together acting with each other. Pratt played a sarcastic pirate in the beginning then turned into leader to lead a bunch of misfits. Saldana is a sexy assassin but she displays so much emotion as Gamora. Bautista was a pleasant surprise. He actually acted fantastically as a renegade out for vengeance and made you feel for his character. He is very loyal to his friends. Rooker is a great Yondu. Yondu is this cold savage pirate that will do anything for money. He might be my third favorite character in the movie. However, the best two characters are Groot and Rocket.

Groot only speaks three words “I am Groot.” Those three words have a different meaning each time. Groot is the most human character of all. His powers are unlimited. He can turn into a ladder for the team to use or kill his enemies with one stroke. He is so loyal, and Vin Diesel did a great of showing emotion with motion capture. Rocket is the show stealer because he is a little prick. He is a foul mouth talking Raccoon who does things to people for the joy of it.  For example, taking someone’s prosthetic leg for no reason except to see him hobble around on one leg.  Rocket is the only one who can translate Groot. Rocket gets offended when you call him vermin.

The negative about  the movie is it can be slow sometimes. The collector (he was the one at the end of Thor 2) doesn’t have a big role. He has a cameo. Nebula (Karen Gillan) and the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) will have bigger roles in the sequel as will Thanos.  These characters are somewhat underutilized.  Gunn added a lot of Easter eggs for future marvel movies.

Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is a success. It will be getting a sequel which is set for release on July 27th, 2017.  The cast is great and the story is good for an action movie. I give Guardians a 4/5. It is not as good as the Avengers or Captain America 2.  However, that is nothing to complain about either.

Guardians of the Galaxy have you seen it. What did you think comment below and let me know.