2014 was a year of change for me, and part of that change resulted in a scaling back of how many movies I saw, both in the theater and at home. One of those films to get pushed by the wayside as a result of this was the reboot of the 1980’s parody styled, cult comic book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
While the characters have spawned numerous TV shows, two different film franchises and other media, there is nothing quite like what happens when rights to characters are sold to a new company, and that is exactly what happened when kiddie-TV company Nickelodeon bought the rights to the Turtles in 2009.
Eager to capitalize on the current trend of comic book/toy/board game/anything from the 1980’s being made into films, Nickelodeon found an eager partner in Paramount and producer Michael Bay, and lo and behold, here we have what might be the worst of all five of the Turtles movies that have been released to date. The key part there is “to date” as this reboot is getting a sequel next year.
To put it bluntly, 2014’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ is a mess. From Megan Fox’s “acting”, to Will Arnett’s gravely voice miscast as a TV cameraman, to Shredder’s armor, this film is one bad scene after another filled with director Jonathan Liebesman’s vision of a Michael Bay ‘Transformers’ film, but fleshed out with talking turtles instead.
As one should expect when Michael Bay is involved though, the visuals are the best part of this movie, and with that being said, I don’t have any issues with how the actual turtles looked, it was an interesting take on using the trend of motion capture to allow CGI animators the chance to give us four distinct characters in shape and size and not just characterization.
In the end, as much as I wanted to hate this movie from the reviews and word of mouth about it, and regardless of how much I love the Turtles characters and wanted to love this idea, I could do neither. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ just ends ups as another average run of the mill film that we seem to be getting from big budget Hollywood lately.
It will be interesting to see what 2016’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ brings, but I will not be holding my breath for anything different.
At least the Turtles didn’t end up being aliens…
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