The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in the comic book medium, published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with friend Peter Laird. Using money from a tax refund and a loan from Eastman’s uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin. Fast forward to the early 90s, and the first ever TMNT is released (1990). The film was live action and required animatronic heads for the actors to wear. This continued for 2 more movies. In 2007 a total cgi spirited sequel came along. Then in 2012 Michael Bay said he was producing another film and that the turtles would be from space.
I was never really a GIANT fan of TMNT but I did like the simple nature of them. I think my real attachment in them came from the video games on the super NES console (aka the greatest of all time!). So for me, the mythos was never really important. Though having ninja turtles was already a stretch, having say, a race of ninja turtles from some distant planet was a stretch just too far out. Lucky for the success of this film it didn’t happen as the trailer above shows. That aside, the changes here are on the cool side of the creative spectrum. It’s a little “hollywood“(I will explain in a moment) but its not the worst thing of all things.
Above anything else this movie is just a family friendly film. STOP WORRYING ABOUT KILLING YOUR APPARENT CHILDHOOD. Those childhood favourite movies still exist in its respective home video source.. and then there’s pirate bay. This movie is great for anyone who has kids now, who once grew up with this as their favourite movie as a kid. it has a lot of elements of family, brotherhood, and loyalty; which is something sort of lacking these days in modern cinema as we live in an age of “gritty” blockbusters (Thank you Chris Nolan). That is what i loved most about this movie. It was childish and mature. Not in a sexual way but, just in a manner where it isn’t far too cartoony. The themes were very evident and I personally enjoy that sort of thing.
Hollywood… I love you but sometimes you take an idea just way too far. Not everything should be copied from what is currently “selling”. That said, Nice job! Shredder just looked, in my opinion, way too much like a transformer/Iron Man hybrid. Its not bad, its just why did he honestly have to be suited in a armour suit that throws knives? Why couldn’t he just be a samurai looking individual, who fights like a bad ass. I did honestly enjoy that his new suit could do so much. It was a cool looking (on camera) improvement to the character (and mythos).
Unrelated to Hollywood, the stylistic choice behind the face of the turtles, threw me off. I figure if for any reason, it was simply see the actors faces, since this isn’t the same animatronic movie of childhoods past. It just felt like they had a giant miscue with that. I did however like the added items to enhance the characters personality. Like Donatello, he had more of a nerd/geek look as he is traditionally a nerd geek toe and likes inventing.
The start of the film is a bit of snore fest I will say, but once it gets going, it goes. The stunts are terrific and smart in relation to the turtles.
Bottom line: It was just a great popcorn flick that gives both children and parents (or just the average adult). They didn’t entirely bastardize the source material, which many thought would happen. This… is a great movie!
Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten
- Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
- Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
- Editing: 9 out of 10,
- Audio: 9 out of 10,
- Acting: 7 out of 10,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worthy of picking up on blu-ray, maybe on boxing day/black friday. Especially if you have fidgety kids.
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– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW