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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Movie Review

I know I’m a little late, but I still have a movie review here on this Sunday night presented by our friends over at FatCats Gilbert on Greenfield and Baseline. FatCats Gilbert is the most comfortable place to see the latest movies at the movie theater, and it’s just an added bonus that they bring delicious food directly to your movie theater seat!

So truth be told, we have been out at Phoenix Comicon all weekend, so I’m really late with this review, but I guess, as they say, better late than never. We do have Phoenix Comicon coverage on the way, but first, let’s talk about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. While I’m not well-versed in the TMNT mythology, I was a huge fan of the original movies and all of the toys. I remember my parents told me that if I made it through ten straight nights sleeping in my own bed they would buy me a Leonardo action figure. That was last week, but that’s beside the fact. I used to be a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles. Matt and I even pulled up to FatCats Gilbert listening to Vanilla Ice’s Ninja Rap and wearing Ninja Turtle masks. Matt didn’t want it to happen, but I made sure it did. Unfortunately, I didn’t really care for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I was still hoping to have a little bit of fun with this one. Let’s talk about it!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is directed by David Green (fitting name, right?) and stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, and the many, many visual effects artists who worked on this movie. After saving Manhattan in the first movie, the turtles are trying to accept the fact that they cannot take credit for what they have done. To protect their identities, The Falcon, played by Will Arnett, has taken credit, and is getting showered in fame by the city. When Shredder escapes from prison and joins a mad scientist and an alien king named Krang, the turtles have to find their team spirit and join April O’Neil to take them down.

To get the ball rolling, I liked to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in action. I think that the movie does a good job staying true to the characters, as far as I know, and the way that they play off each other and compensate for each others’ flaws is really interesting. Leonardo has always been and probably will always be my favorite, and he is the leader I was expecting him to be, and he actually faced real controversy in this movie. Michelangelo was the same jokester that he has always been. Donatello was the smart, computer based fighter he is known as, and Raphael was the defiant fighter we know. They all compliment each other nicely, and I really liked that. I really liked all of the classic turtle nods like the Turtle Van, Bebop and Rocksteady, Master Shredder, and the connection between the brothers. It actually really worked for me.

As much as I don’t want to, we have to talk about the things I didn’t like. First of all, the plot is such a mess. What is going on in this movie? I mean, does a plot need to be air tight to be a good time or to even just be a good movie? I don’t think so, but there are so many times in this movie where I’m just sitting and wondering what is going on. Some of the storylines are so thin that I forget what the purpose or the narrative is. Also, the humans in this movie are very weak. They have almost no depth, and they are fed lines that are so obvious and strange. There is a scene where April O’Neil is speaking with the scientist played by Tyler Perry, and when she dismisses him after obtaining the information she needs, you would think that she would say something witty or make a joke or say something that would leave the scientist thinking, but she just says goodbye and says she is a fan of his work. There are also so many times that the computer generated imagery is so cartoony. There are points in the movie that are oddly reminiscent of the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show on Nickelodeon. Some of the effects don’t work well when they are crossed with the real world, and putting computer generated characters has really proved to be something that does not often work well in recent film.

Overall, I think that it’s possible to have a little bit of fun with this movie if you are just looking to have a decent time at the movie theater. You are going to get the character elements of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that you know and love if you are a Ninja Turtles fan. This isn’t a great movie, and I didn’t particularly care for it just as I didn’t really like its predecessor, but just as I said, if you go in with the right approach, you can have a little bit of fun with it. I’m going to give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a 4.8/10.

I know I’m a little late on this review, so did you have a chance to see this movie? If you did, comment down below and let me know what you thought! If you haven’t seen it, will you be headed out to see it? Are you a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan? If you are wondering, I do still have plans for a Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping review, but I have to get out to see the movie. I was a little bit busy this weekend at Phoenix Comicon, so if you were out there, please let me know what you thought or if you had any awesome pickups! We will definitely be bringing some recap articles for the convention, so be sure to stay tuned for that! I should have reviews out for The Conjuring 2, Warcraft, and Now You See Me 2 this coming weekend, so stick around for those as well, and as always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm