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Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 04:35 PM CDT

Grade: C

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

If your first question about this film is "does it live up to the 1990 film?", it's a hard question to answer. When you are rebooting a franchise like this that has made over a billion dollars in their toys alone, you are going to have some skeptics. I will have to say it's about on the same playing field as the first one. First of all, any preteen boy or girl is going to think this film is the greatest. The original was smart for it's time and it was campier, but the turtles in Michael Bay's film reflect the youth of today. The ninja turtles are edgier and look like something that came out of Predator. Instead of Jim Henson's company creating them, it's the magic of CGI using motion capture and special effects created by Industrial Light and Magic. They are teenagers and they already have scars on them since they are protecting New York City. It's a PG-13 rating and has a lot more violence than the original.

Michael Bay and Nickelodean Movies have come together to recreate this reboot. It has the exact same storyline and stays true to the comic with the exception of how they were mutated. Shredder is the evil villain and his foot clan are taking over the city with their evil plan and guess who is here to save the city? I guess Megan Fox resolved her differences with Michael Bay as she's the lead playing April O'Neil, who is a TV reporter. She's one of the only humans the see the ninja turtles for the first time and her TV station think she is crazy when she wants to run the story.

If you didn't know, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird used their tax return to launch TMNT to make fun of 4 different comic books. For instance, the Daredevil comic had him fighting ninjas called the hand with a mentor called the Stick and they ripped that off and had Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighting ninjas called the foot and had a mentor called Splinter which is the Japanese mutant rat. Get it, hand, foot, stick, splinter.

I think any parent that is looking to take their kids to a movie this weekend, this is a good fit. However, it's just average. It has action and it's visually stunning, but the quality is very canned. The upside is Michaelango steals the show because he is definitely the comic relief and makes it enjoyable at moments. This is actually the 30 year anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so I guess their really not teenagers anymore. Just wait until they are middle aged fighting crime!  

To check out the trailer:


Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever   

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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