TMNT2: Out Of The Shadows and Into The Cheese

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.

Previously:
Lazer TeamBlue Mountain State: Rise of ThadlandDeadpoolGods of EgyptBatman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeHardcore HenryJungle BookCaptain America: Civil WarX-Men: ApocalypseMike And Dave Need Wedding DatesGhostbusters, The Legend of TarzanWarcraftPopstar: Never Stop Never Stoppin’Star Trek: BeyondJason Bourne, Suicide SquadLights OutSausage PartyDon’t BreatheKeanuCentral IntelligenceBatman: 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)

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Review Medley: Keanu at Central Intelligence was Killing the Joke

Keanu 3/5

I enjoyed it. It was perfectly good. More jokes hit than missed which is always good in a comedy film.

If you enjoyed their sketches then you’ll probably get a lot out of this. There were a few good gut busters and some good set-ups early that pay off later in the film. There is enough plot to keep you going and keep it fresh.

The kitten is truly remarkable in how adorable it is.

I feel like I should have more to say but I don’t really.

Central Intelligence 3.5/5

I’m hit or miss with Kevin Hart films. I liked this one. He was a similar character to what you’re used to seeing from him but its a little more… “mature” in like a depressing adult, toned down way. But he’s still funny and dials it up and down as the film goes.

The Rock isn’t just the big macho guy either. He’s a bit quirky and weird and its a nice change of pace from mountain man action man you’re used to. His comedic timing is better than I expected. Plus he wears a fanny pack.

The movie follows some tropes you expect and then swerves at others so it doesn’t feel played out. Sometimes it swerves and then swerves back so you still end up where you thought you were going but you get there a bit differently than the generic way you’d expect.

There is a fun level of cheese to it as well. The movie never takes itself too seriously.

It isn’t a long movie which is great. Each scene just moves at the right speed and you’re never bored or waiting too long for a gag.

A lot of the minor characters have great scenes and moments which helps keep things fresh.

If you got 90 minutes for a comedy and a bowl of snacks I’d recommend it.

Batman: The Killing Joke 2/5

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I really like the DC animated films. They’re kickass, you get more characters than just Batman usually, more interesting stories are explored, they have coherent stories (generally) and characters are more sensational versus “gritty”.

Not all of that happened here.

Going for the R rating felt cheap here and awkward. There are lines of dialogue that sound so shoehorned in so they could hit enough swear words for R.

The story and character choices that were adjusted in the adaptation process are bad. The Batman-Batgirl thing feels like incest or at least awkward like when you see the pictures of a 54 yr old dude dating a 16 yr old girl because he’s rich and the parents signed a permission slip.

The voice cast is still excellent. It still looks great in terms of art style, direction, and the way shots are framed. Attention to detail in how it looks is great.

Also, and this is just me, when I read the comic I never once thought of the stuff that happened to Barbara Gordon as rape. I thought they just beat the crap out of her like she was Jason Todd. So that was a learning experience!

The pacing and the changes just make it not very good. I wouldn’t seek it out, but if you’re curious then give it a go.

Available on DVD

Previously:

To Come (at some point):

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • 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)

Mabes To Come:

  • Sully
  • Magnificent Seven
  • Snowden
  • Blair Witch
  • Keeping Up With The Joneses