Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Film Review
One of the most common questions this summer is how the 2nd installment of the new Ninja Turtles franchise managed to flop at the box office? After the first installment earned around 500 million, this one seemed like a safe bet for paramount but it turned out to be far from that, this one was able to bank only 240 million which is less than half what the first one managed to bank. The summer of 2016 was very disappointing for Paramount Studios with Ben-Hur, Star Trek Beyond, and Out of the shadows all three big budget films under performed severely and made a loss of more than 300 million combined. Star Trek Beyond was a good effort and certainly deserved a bigger audience and better box office receipts, but what about Out of the Shadows? It is not the worst movie of the summer but it is not a good movie either.
The biggest surprise about this sequel is the tonal shift. This one is very different from the first one. Out of the Shadows is very close to the feel of the animated Ninja Turtles show from the 80s and the 90s and it focuses on introducing a lot of fictional characters from the original series like Bebop and Rocksteady and the alien bad guy. The effects and the action scenes look good and the colors are really vivid which makes the movie appear very crisp if you have the HD copy. The first installment was much darker and felt more real especially with the main villain who seemed more of a gang leader than a fictional character, this one though is totally different, there are much more sci-fi here with new creatures and even aliens attacking earth.
It is a bold move from the studio to change the tone in the first sequel in order to shake things up and it’s actually admirable but unfortunately it is a risk that might not pay-off. In this case it didn’t pay-off at all. Newcomers thought the movie is too silly (A lot of visual of effects mixed with some laughs) while the fans thought it deviated a lot from the original material so this one was stuck in the middle and did not resonate well with the majority of the audience.
If you take this one as an afternoon chill with your family or friends at home then you should be good. it certainly looks good on blu-ray and it provides some decent actions scenes and some laughs but that’s about it. Don’t expect anything more, it is not memorable or atmospheric in anyway.