I can’t say I have been waiting for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows like most of the other movies that have come out so far in 2016. I have a love/hate relationship with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I loved them when they were cartoon characters that I would see after school when I was in Jr. High. I also loved their toys. Hell, I loved their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Nintendo (NES) video game. You can see what the cover and gameplay looked like from the game below!
Now back to TMNT: Out Of The Shadows. The reason my rugrats and I went to see the movie, my daughter was watching TV and asked me to come into the room. It was the TMNT: Out Of The Shadows trailer and she said she wanted to see it. Normally for movies, I have tickets weeks, if not months in advance, which wasn’t the case for this particular movie.
I can say that I did indeed like pretty much everything that went on in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows. It brought me back to my childhood again! It felt like I had just gotten home, off of the bus, from school. If the first one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movies had been done this way, it might have been far more successful. Which leads me to my next point. We went to check out TMNT: Out Of The Shadows at 1:00pm in the afternoon on a Sunday. Usually, if a movie is half-way successful, we would’t be able to get tickets at the particular theater we go to, the Alamo Drafthouse. Let’s just say, it was us and 2 or 2 other groups of people. The theater was EMPTY! That can’t be a good thing for a movie that just released a couple of days prior.
Now, the parts that I loved: Krang and his robot. Rocksteady and Beebop. Casey Jones introduction and how he is introduced to Master Splinter. There is DEFINITELY a toned down Shredder. He no longer has knives that shoot out of his arms. The CGI used on the actual TMNT team and Splinter is a whole lot better as well.
Megan Fox is used sparingly. Will Arnett’s character has some of the funniest moments.
All in all, I’d give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles a 4 out of 5.