Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (review)


More Turtle Time less Human Time

Despite critics panning the 2014 Turtles, audiences still flocked to see the movie because of one thing: IT’S THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FOR GODSAKES.  These are characters that non geeks and nerds love because the four Turtles have unique personalities and great chemistry together.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the newest entry in the film franchise. Yes, the critics are panning the movie but honestly their opinion shocks me because this movie is a lot better than the 2014 reboot.  It might be the best Turtles movie ever.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows begins with the four turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo still conceal themselves from the public eye to fight crime in the New York City. They fight during the night, and train during the day or be teenagers and do nothing.   April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is there only connection to the human world. She is currently tracking Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), and believes he is working with the Foot Clan and Shredder (Brain Tee). Shredder has plans his own to make an army to combat and get revenge on the Turtles.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows does have major flaws. The dialogue can be so over the top like “I am going to be a detective someday” as Casey Jones yells when he gets suspended from the force. He also taunts Shredder in the movie. Who taunts Shredder? Seriously, major plot hole, the Shredder is the most dangerous person on the planet and could kill Casey in a heartbeat. Shredder is a throw away character. He literally does nothing. Krang is god awful. He doesn’t do much either.  The positives outweigh the negatives.

The main positive are the Turtles and their chemistry. They make the movie fun because of their personalities. The Turtles have to deal with conflicts within the team. The additions of Rocksteady, Bebop, and Baxter Stockman are another positives. Rocksteady and Bebop are formidable foes against the Turtles. They do fight once, and the winner is not who you expect. Stockman is portrayed accurately by Perry. He’s manipulated by other’s with power like he usually is. Perry makes the scenes with him more entertaining because his commitment to the character.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows isn’t a perfect movie. It’s more entertaining their X-Men: Apocalypse and Batman V. Superman. The audience walked out of the theater smiling and enjoying the movie. On a side note, I had to convince someone to go see X-Men: Apocalypse last night. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows gets a 3.5 out of 5.


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.


Who is your favorite Ninja Turtle? What did you think about the movie? Comment below and let me know.