Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Movie Review
Alright so round 2 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows which I will now only refer to as TMNT:OotS, because god damnit no one can come up with a short name for these movies. While overall TMNT: OotS left me wanting more and was a bit over the top for my taste, there are several things I did enjoy. It seems that the writers fully embraced the essence of the turtles in Out of the Shadows; it just felt like I was watching the Ninja Turtles cartoon from the 80s and 90s. So they really hit the nostalgia factor there with me and I am sure with many other fans that grew up with those cartoons. They also got rid of the creepy trope of the turtles hitting on April O’Neil, which was ever present in the first movie, something I didn’t enjoy. I understand it was present in the movie from the 90s but it came more so from an innocent angle, not so sexualized.
The movie was enjoyable with quick pacing and a clear story that everyone in the family is sure to enjoy, granted it does come with a few plot holes. As stated earlier though some of the over the top sequences and action scenes bothered me a bit and brought the movie down for me too. It made it a bit unbelievable, which I know, isn’t a big issue for the family, but as a fan of the older movies and a fan of the turtles in general it made me want to go back to the original movie from 1990. I did enjoy that Bebop and Rocksteady were part of this movie, although expanding on them would’ve been nicer too. They did capture their personalities and quirks very well though, which is a plus since they were a big item they used to promote this movie. Shredder on the other hand is one that, like in the first film, left more to be desired in terms of a villain. He now fell third in the tier of villains since Krang, as we saw in the trailers, was the big bad for this movie. With Krang they did a very good job setting him up and what I am sure is to follow in what seems to be an expanding universe in this franchise. The X-Dimension, while not mentioned, is hinted at, which fans will catch.
This intro of Krang also set up the turtles with their big dilemma not only physically, but emotionally. They have to figure out that as they grow and mature and have more differences among each other, they have to still be able to get past all their differences and still work together. They must play with their strengths and weaknesses, functioning as each other’s support system too. Overall a good movie, very short in terms of hero movies today only clocking in at an hour and a half run time, but good and easy to digest/ A great trip for the family, but for fans it does leave much to be desired but as for me I hope they expand on what they just tapped into, which is the true essence of the Turtles.
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows|
|Release Date:||June 3rd, 2016|