Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

So, what do I think walking into this movie?  Being a comic book fan of the TMNT, I was worried about a repeat of the Michael Bay flop.  The previews and commercials of this most recent Turtle movie made me hopeful.  The good news is that I was pleasantly surprised by this film. images-36

David Green was tapped on the shoulder to take the reins as Director. It was a good choice.  The four brothers:  Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), and Michelangelo (Noel Fischer) were well done.  The CG to make these characters come to life was wonderful to watch.  I am more impressed with each film as the years go by.   The special effects of this film don’t disappoint.  From the characters to the jungle scenes, the movie flowed seamlessly.  The return characters of April O’Neal (Megan Fox) and Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnet) was a good transition from the last film.  April starts the movie, changing into a skimpy outfit to gain the attention of the Foot Clan henchman.   This movie is made for teenage boys and Megan Fox didn’t disappoint as being the femme fatale.  images-34

The additions of RockSteady (Stephen Farrelly) and Beebop (Gary Williams) were welcome sites and the characters I looked most forward seeing. The comic relief they added was priceless.  The surprise addition of the alien Krang (Bad Garrett) brought this villain straight from the comic book pages and made my inner comic book geek smile.   And last, but definitely not least, Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) come onto the scene wielding his trademark hockey stick. images-33

The movie is based around Shedder (Brian Tee) being sucked through an inter -dimensional door during a prison break. He comes face to face with Krang. These two villains hatch a plan that involves Shredder, with the help of RockSteady and Beebop, to recover relics on earth that will open a portal that will allow Krang to come to earth to take over the world.  During this process, we see the Turtles fight amongst each other on the direction of the group until they finally come together to fight Shredder and Krang.  images-32

In the end, if you are a teenage boy with some money to burn, see this movie in the theatre. The same goes for the true TMNT fans both comic book and from the last movie.  I think everyone else should catch this film on Redbox.  It is a good diversion, but not worth the price of theatre admission.


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