The Heroes in a Half Shell Return!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Spoiler Warning: Spoilers contained within article. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you've had six years! What are you waiting for?
Ninja Turtles is a fun revamped blast from the past though not without its flaws. If you can remember all the way back to 2012, rumors had started that producer Michael Bay had the intention to make the Turtles an alien race from the Dimension X. As you can imagine, with over 28 years of pop culture history, the Turtles origin story had been ingrained into our minds. The internet blew into an uproar and the future box office success of this reboot looked bleak. However, after seeing this movie, I can say that all of the doom-and-gloomers weren't giving director Jonathan Liebesman the credit he deserves for helming this fun summer movie. There's not a stellar soundtrack as some other recent movies (looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy), but the background music adds to the environment of the movie.
Vernon Fenwick - So they're aliens?
April O'Neil - No, that's stupid. They're turtles.
Usually cast in action movies purely for her sex appeal, Megan Fox is only objectified a couple of times. I was against her casting as soon as I heard it and thought the movie would be dreadful with her as April, but she made for a very convincing soon-to-be investigative reporter. As for the Turtles themselves, the voice actors wouldn't have been my choice. They're not horrible, but with all of the previous iconic incarnations of the Turtles that I've been through and seen, I was let down. Although, the voices lent themselves to Turtles individual personalities, but were mostly bland and fell short to their full potential.
"Please keep your hands and feet inside the shell at all times!"
There were some parts of the origin story that I didn't think made sense. Having the turtles be a part of the ooze experiments was interesting, but the fact that they were April's pets felt a little too easy and convenient. Also, Splinter teaching himself martial arts and then teaching the turtles also was a bit of a stretch...even from a movie with five talking mutant animals! This specific frustration is compounded when, fighting the martial arts master Shredder, Splinter is holding his own. Here's a look at the potential objectionable content - Though less than in most of her movies, Megan Fox is still used as a sex object several times in the movie and there are a few minor curse words. With this being an action movie, there is a lot of fighting and there are a few intense scenes.
Overall, I'd give this movie 3.5 out of 5
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