Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Movie Review

TMNT-TeaserThe 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.

Full castDirector: Jonathan Liebesman Writer: Josh AppelbaumAndré NemecEvan Daugherty. Run Time: 101 mins

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.

TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesShredderheadlinecropLSParamount_article_story_largeHollywood… 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.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction Movie Review.

I’m not really sure what happened…. for 2 plus hours

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Director: Michael Bay Writer: Ehren Kruger run time 165mins

For a franchise you either hate all together, have select favs or, love in general or for aspects; This movie doesn’t change that for anyone.
There’s A LOT wrong with this movie. And a seldom many things that are favourable. I’m not really sure on what level this movie fails, but it does in a sum of its parts. The movie opens up well, but seems to lose its focus right after the first cut of movie footage.

To help revive new energy into this franchise, “Marky Mark” Whalburg was brought in to this movie as a happy father/inventor who just so happens to find Optimus Prime. Basically a copy of Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwickey story had he grown up a bit and been a father/inventor. With him come a slew of new Transformers who just randomly show up. That was problem one. Having a bunch of new characters massively distract you. I think the yearning to know how they came to be or where there were for 3 other movies was distracting. For the robots anyway. As for the human’s, being invested in Shia’ Sam character from the ground running was what helped those movies be slightly enjoyable (as far as “the human aspect” is concerned). With the rush of issues and problems these humans had, though however natural/plausible, it was all forced and rushed so that you care. Not to say you don’t believe they have these issues it was just kinda one after another in a short period of time. I did enjoy the single father perspective which isn’t always seen both in a fictional story or in reality. That was an aspect that probably saved this movie. But not by much. Beyond that theres a slew of new actors in this movie that more or less hurt the franchise than anything. in different movies /roles these actors are tremendous. Under TF4 helmer Bay they might as well been rookie actors so not to have this smear their “legacies”. I think many down play just how good Shia was and is, as an actor, the flair that comes from Tyrese in the previous instalments and so one and so forth. As good as Kelsey Grammar is (if you doubt it, watch the tv show Boss), his role was for not, since most of his character is essentially a background character. Personally I feel he was the reimagined Patrick Dempsey character from Tf3. As a whole the acting is as bad as sour milk after pouring your favorite cereal into a big bowl on a Saturday morning…. or night.

t4poster2Writing throughout was so bad, it made this an undeniably bad movie. There were so many scenes that I noticed that just basically stalled the movie. Like that elevator scene. Worst thing I seen in a big budget movie since Toby McGuire’s Peter Parker danced in Spider-Man 3. With the amount of bad scenes and terrible writing I was surprised this was green lit. The fact that they keep going further and further back in time to suggest these transformers were some how a key to our history,  just screws with the existing franchise continuity so much it hurts to think about. A lot of the typical stylistic jokes that Bay uses in his movies feel flatter than a paper tied to a brick. A lot of the dialogue for characters new and old felt very off. The fact I can say that for new actors, says something. the undertones were weak. so much was wrong that if I listed them all I would bore you just as the movie did me.

Its hard to really say what failed this movie exactly on what level. As with most movies, a movie isn’t really a movie until it has been edited, and if I had to pick an aspect as the the biggest failure, I would pick editing. As crappy as everything else is, it isn’t as bad as the overall tone being slow and boring. 3hours of action seems like my cup of tea, but what I got was 3 hours of mellow drama and spotty action scenes. Beyond that I couldn’t understand half of what was being said due to the intensity of the action and the voice acting of the transformers. for which I blame audio mixing.

It does have its positives but really not much. I like seeing new Transformers but I would love even more so to know exactly where they come from. Every movie we get four new ones that seem to have some investment in terms of the chronological order of stories. Aside from that, don’t allow what the tv show did to dictate these movies. Its ruins them even further.

Bottomline: Its in no way the worst movie ever, its far from a good movie… especially in this spotty franchise. it might be >/=/< than TF2:Revenge of the Fallen, but I will let you determine that one. Its overall tone is a such a drag it bores you. Its like a car driving forward in reverse, with a 1000pound brick wall that’s 10 stories high, a football field wide (or a cfl end zone wide and deep/thick) only getting a half kilometer per gallon. (Lol you Americans might have fun with figuring that out).

Rating 4/10 (strictly for the action.  I was enjoyed with it. But it wasn’t bay’s best so far with that.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 0.002 out of 10,
  • Audio: -15 out of 10 (Score was lacking, couldn’t hear things),
  • Acting: 2 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP!! or just download it.  or borrow it from a friend.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

TMNT Or Just Ninja Turtles?

Platinum Dunes’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set to feature a very non-traditional origin for its reptilian heroes. In fact, producer Michael Bay hints that the turtles may not be mutants at all, which has sparked much “fan hate”. 

Word arrives via Stuff We Like and a video of Bay speaking at last week’s Nickelodeon Upfront in New York where he states:

Could this be the "Alien" versions? (NOT OFFICIAL artwork of the pending movie)

since this statement was made (and probably taken out of context in my opinion), Bay has realized to counter statements to respond to the fans who have become upset at Bay for “ruining their childhood”

Fans need to take a breath, and chill. They have not read the script. Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”

and his 2nd statement which is most recent.

“Paramount marketing changed the name. They made the title simple. The characters you all remember are exactly the same, and yes they still act like teenagers. Everything you remember, why you liked the characters, is in the movie. This script is being developed by two very smart writers, with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles. They care VERY MUCH about making this film for the fans. Everyone on this team cares about the fans. Just give them a chance. Jonathan the director, is a major fan of the whole franchise. HE’S NOT GOING TO LET YOU DOWN.

MICHAEL”

To be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature a script from Josh Appelbaum, Andrew Nemec, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and John Fusco.

The franchise, which began as a black and white comic book series in 1984, rose to tremendous popularity when it became an animated series in 1987. Following the first live-action film in 1990, the series spawned two live-action sequels, a live-action television series, a second animated series and a CGI feature film.

Just announced for a Christmas Day, 2013 release.

Do I feel like its needed to be called TMNT? (Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles for you muggles) No. To be honest I’d rather them make a movie thats good and has the same elements that made many fall in love with mutated, teenaged turtles in the first place.

As long as they aren’t anti hero then I’m ok with it. many bash Bay for the Transformers run he has, I don’t think any of them are right to do so. All three, in my opinion, were great movies and I can’t wait for the forth one. Hopefully the director does take into account what the fans are asking for when it comes to TMNT and gives them something to be like “OMG THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!” Cause in all honesty, 1987 was 25 years ago, so really its time to pass the torch to the new kids coming up.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW