In the comics, these mutant vigilante demi-gods on the half shell are just amazing. They are adorable too.
Children loved them. To some extent, I did too when I was young, although I always had reservations about comics and animated works.
That was until Michael Bay (of Transformers fame) resurrected the franchise several years ago in motion picture form.
Thanks, but no thanks, Michael. Ninja Turtles were better left on their own.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is the sequel to the 2014 3D science fiction action comedy film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
After helping with the arrest of Shredder (Brian Tee), who was terrorising New York City, the Ninja Turtles: Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Donatello (Jeremy Howard) and Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), are back on the streets for more nocturnal adventures.
Falcon aka Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), is now a New York City hero after he claims all credit in the arresting of Shredder.
While transferring the notorious criminal to the correction centre, Shredder manages to escape despite a valiant effort from the turtles and police officer Casey Jones (Stephen Amell).
His rescue is planned by Doctor Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry), a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world.
The turtles, led by television reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox), combine with the disgraced Jones to recapture Shredder and save the world from his wrath.
Will they succeed? Well, that’s what the rest of the movie is about.
There is nothing special enough from director Dave Green to make it worth complimenting his efforts. It’s basic directing with plenty of visual effects and some quick-fire action to add a bit of dynamism to a movie that lacks a decent story and dialogues.
Honestly, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is just too silly to make any sense.
The jokes are ridiculous, the plot is plainly predictable and the dialogues doesn’t have the intensity that a comic movie is supposed to have.
Even the portrayals by Fox and Amell are not that convincing. Amell in particular seemed to have a smirk on his face whenever his character demanded some serious expressions in the movie.
Just this other day, an annoyed work colleague complained about her visit to her son’s school principal.
Apparently, the five-year-old has developed a bad habit of smacking his classmates.
“He thinks he is a Ninja Turtle. He has been watching those Ninja Turtle cartoons and thinks he is one of them,” the work colleague said.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is probably smart enough for someone like my colleague’s son. But it makes no sense to anyone with fair understanding of cinema work.
Don’t hold too much expectations when you head to the cinema to check this one out - then you won’t be disappointed.
I wish someone had warned me.