What started off as a one issue comic making fun of super hero comics turned into a huge money making franchise. My kids grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so of course I watched every episode. It was an obsession at our house. Later on when my kids asked why they didn’t have a college fund I told em “Ninja Turtle stuff and Cracker Barrel.” They had their addictions, I’ve got mine.
This is the fourth movie and the first one since 1993. There is a new animated TV show that started in 2012. So I guess between grownups that watched the original when they were young and a new wave of kids watching now there is an audience for this movie.
The movie is not getting good press but I’m not sure what criteria is being used to judge it. This ain’t the Shawshank Redemption for goodness sakes!
This is a movie about 6 foot turtles that talk, were raised in a sewer, and trained as Ninjas by a 5 foot rat. This is also a movie where the first billed actual person that is not a CGI character is Megan Fox who plays TV reporter April O’Neil. She is an actor whose career has far out run her acting ability. You would think with all the advancements they have made in CGI technology they could have computer generated some hair and boobs and have the character voiced by Emma Stone or Meryl Streep! All Fox really has to do is show some reaction to what’s happening around her. What we get every time is the same expression. The same one I would have at a Weightwatchers meeting; confused, bewildered, wondering how I got here, and a little scared.
Over the years the back story of the Turtles have changed and there was a rumor they would have an alien connection in this movie. Ninja Turtle fans were outraged! Knowing this could lead to extreme retaliation such as stern emails and hateful tweets the writers stayed with lab experiment gone awry story.
The turtles are voiced by Alan Ritchson as Raphael. Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, who was very funny and really helped the movie. Jeremy Howard as Donatello, and Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo. Tony Shalhoub from Wings and Monk voiced Splinter. If you don’t know who these characters are don’t worry about it because you are not going to see the movie anyway.
101 minutes Rated PG-13 for violence which I think could scare younger kids
Forget the bad press. This is making bank. My daughter’s boyfriend Keith went with us to see it. He said he knew it was going to be bad but he just wanted to be able to say he saw it. Five minutes in he’s laughing his head off. After the movie he said I went in expecting to hate it, and I absolutely loved it. I can’t disagree.
On a scale of movies starring Megan Fox and a band of Ninja Turtles lead by a sewer Rat; My Score is 5 Cold Buds
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