I wasn't really that much of a fan of the "TMNT" TV shows, nor the older movies when I was younger. When the 2014 "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was on Netflix, someone convinced me to watch it, and while I realized that it was a very bad movie, I enjoyed it a lot. Seeing the trailers for this film, I thought that it looked really cool, and I was not disappointed.
First, I will address the obvious flaws of the film, which are abundant. The writing of the film is ridiculously formulaic and basic. It relies on a lot of expository dialogue to tell the story. While this isn't bad for a movie aimed at a younger audience, it does hinder this series from being more well-respected. The villain of Krang is extremely over-the-top. Some of the special effects are really bad too. Scenes on Krang's ship look absolutely awful, like they are a cartoon.
The film, however, did fix a lot of mistakes from the first film. Shredder, for example, is much less "Transformer"-ish. April O'Neil actually had a purpose in the film other than being eye candy and a romantic interest. While Megan Fox is still a bad actress, the character was much better written than the first. The film also kept the humorous tone from the first film that made it enjoyable. Will Arnett's character is still very funny, and doesn't feel overused, nor underused.
I also liked some of the new additions to the film. While fans of the series may not like Casey Jones, I really loved him. Yes, I do admit that the character did not have very well-written lines, however I think that Amell did well with a bad script, adding his charm and sarcastic humor to the character, making him a perfect fit, in my opinion. I also really liked Bebop and Rocksteady, which were both funny, rather well-written villains. Also, while Tyler Perry's performance as Baxter was over-the-top, I thought that it matched the tone of the film, therefore I liked it.
So while "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" is not a very good film, I really enjoyed it. Fans of the series may not like it, but I did. It's a fun time at the movies and is worth a watch.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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