Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows 3/5
It starred the Turtles. They did fun stuff. Gags and one liners. Some heist scenes. They’re decent characters in their own right. Megan Fox, Stephen Amell and will Arnett all get enough screen time to put a smile on your face.
It wasn’t revolutionary film making. The plot wasn’t amazing. But if you grew up a TMNT fan then this is more likely to appeal to you and put a smile on your face than the previous TMNT film.
It is a lot more fantastical and goofy. It embraces that side versus trying to make ninja crime fighting teenage turtles all serious and gritty.
I love the inverse law of ninjas, where “one ninja is an elite and powerful adversary, but multiple ninjas make a group of faceless and incompetent pawns?” The foot clan are as hilariously inept as they were in the cartoon. Shredder is there too, with a way better costume. Bebop and Rocksteady were a lot of fun and Krang was fun too.
I’ve really grown to like the turtle designs. And every time I see Raph I can see Alan Ritchson’s handsome face in there somehow.
It’s hard to call it a “good” movie. There is nothing worthy of an Oscar. Nothing ground breaking.
But it was fun. It was cheesy and fun and unapologetic in being cheesy and fun.
I caught it on a plane so if you’re flying and need to kill under two hours, go for it. If you have kids or were a TMNT fan growing up then its worth a stream on VOD or Netflix.
Lazer Team, Blue Mountain State: Rise of Thadland, Deadpool, Gods of Egypt, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hardcore Henry, Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan, Warcraft, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stoppin’, Star Trek: Beyond, Jason Bourne, Suicide Squad, Lights Out, Sausage Party, Don’t Breathe, Keanu, Central Intelligence, Batman: The Killing Joke
To Come (at some point):
Hell Or Highwater, XOXO (Netflix), Flock of Dudes (September), The Masterpiece (TBA 2016), The Accountant (October), Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October), Doctor Strange (November), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December), Assassins Creed (December)