2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Review
The 2014 TMNT Movie is a Must See
For weeks, I have been trying to contain my excitement regarding the 2014 release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This updated version of the heroes in a half shell was promoted as a modern version of everyone's goofy ninja brothers and I couldn't wait to check it out for myself. As August 8th, the 2014 TMNT movie's release date neared, I rescheduled my day to make sure I could check out the movie in theaters.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a New Look
As I suspected from the previews, the ninja turtles have a new look. In fact, not only do the turtles have more of a true reptilian, rather than cartoon, look, but the four brothers, who were once only distinguishable by their colors and weapons, now each have their own unique look. The directors, writers, and actors, involved in the movie stayed true to the brother's personalities throughout the comics, cartoons, and other movies, but enhanced the turtle's physical design to match their personality.
Raphael got Big
For instance, Raphael, the strong-minded and strong muscled brother is humungous in the movie. Raphael stands taller than his brothers and has noticeably larger muscles as well. While Raphael's change in appearance is the most noticeable, it is impossible to talk about the new TMNT look without talking about Donatello.
Donatello Traveled to the Geek Side
In the 2014 TMNT live-action movie, the brilliant Donatello has gone geek. Donatello now dons a pair of spectacles and carries a huge backpack, which is full of tools, supplies, and his trusty skateboard of course.
Michelangelo got some Swag
Michelangelo physical appearance remains much the same, but the reckless lover of the group has a bit more swag than his did in the 80s, 90s, or even 2007.
The Always Classy Leonardo is Timeless and Remains Unchanged
Leonardo, the fearless leader, and my personal favorite, is the only turtle that didn't really have a total make-over, which I think was a wise decision. After all, Leonardo, is perfect, at least in my eyes, so there really was no reason to alter him in any way, shape, or form.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Got What you Need, but may Surprise You
When you read the heading above, "got what you need," you have to do it in a Michelangelo voice. One of the things I remember the most vividly about watching the Ninja Turtles as a child was their fun "surfer dude" language. Growing up on the East Coast, I don't believe I had ever heard or probably ever would have heard words like narly, bodacious, radical, wicked, totally tubular, or dude, if it weren't for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With this in mind, one of the first things I noticed when watching the movie is that the anthropomorphic brothers didn't have surfer dude accents. In fact, the turtle terminology that I knew and loved as a child was virtually non-existent in this movie. However, I can honestly say, the movie didn't need it. As it's 2014, most of that type of language has phased out and didn't lend itself to a modern version of the movie. While I am okay with the removal of the surfer dude language, I am grateful for the inclusion of Splinter's favorite word and a personal favorite of many...Cowabunga, being mentioned a couple times in the movie.
No Casey Jones, but Megan Fox is Hot
When I first heard Megan Fox was going to play April O'Neill, I kind of rolled my eyes. In my mind, Megan Fox didn't seem like the right fit. Sure, she is super hot and would have geeks running wild to theaters all over the world, much like she did in Transformers, but was she really right to play the kind of geeky, super-smart April O'Neill? After watching the movie, I'm going to say she did, okay. I'm not head over heels in love with her portrayal of savvy reporter April, but I think she will grow on me. As a bonus, there was one absence in this modern version that I was glad to see and that was Casey Jones. I never really was a fan of the Casey Jones character and I think they did a great thing by cutting this role and concentrating on the relationship between April and the turtles and April and her cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) more.
All in all, I am impressed with the 2014 modern version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and think that this newer version will see much more success than the outdated 2007 version.
Great Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gift Ideas
If you are a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan, you will love some of these awesome TMNT gift ideas, toys, and clips from the movie below.