Flash Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

A generation of children grew up glued to their television screens Saturday mornings to watch the latest cartoons of their favorite characters. Back then cartoons were the main source to see one’s favorite superhero or friendly ghost. Once in a great while there may have been a full-length movie made from a Saturday cartoon and just like the cartoons they were done with hand drawn animation. Computers back then were not used for such artistic purposes. The 3rd avenue available to experience a cartoon character was finding a toy, game or comic book of them. Growing up I collected comic books of all my favorite cartoon characters, besides having an army of G.I. Joe soldiers. However, one of my coolest toys was a model I built of the Batmobile; that vehicle used to travel through all the rooms of my house. Back then as far as I could tell, this was the extent of a child’s exposure to cartoon characters. These days it seems like a whole different world to me. I think there are still comic books but they may be predominantly superhero characters; I do not know. There are the usual toys and games but now it is not unusual to see a cartoon character on cereal boxes, vitamins, cookies, candy, toothbrushes; I can go on and on. The marketing of cartoons is big business where if a character is especially popular they may get their own ride at an amusement park. Honestly, in my opinion I feel it is overkill with all these different things available now. I felt the same way about this action adventure comedy.   WITH an evil criminal on the loose the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will have to take a bigger risk that may expose their identity to an unknowing public. This sequel brought back Megan Fox (Transformers franchise, Jennifer’s Body) as April O’Neil and Will Arnett (When in Rome, Arrested Development-TV) as Vernon Fenwick, along with new characters Chief Vincent and Casey Jones, played by Laura Linney (Mr. Holmes, Hyde Park on Hudson) and Stephen Amell (The Tracey Fragments, Arrow-TV). I really cannot say anything about the acting because the whole film played like an extended cartoon. Action scenes were the vehicle that drove the story in this movie. I really did not find anything funny in the script, though the special effects at least were entertaining. It was about halfway through the picture that I glanced down at my watch, wishing time would move faster; I was getting bored with the monotony. Now I will say I think tweens, the 9 to 12 year olds, will enjoy this film more than me. Compared to other movies I have seen in this genre, the script was weak; it did not offer any little morsels to entertain the adults in the audience. I have not noticed much cross marketing for this film yet. If it should increase we may be in for a long dull summer of overkill.

 

1 ¾ stars

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 6, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I’d watched the first one with the kids. They love it, of course.
    Their fav. part was when they sing in the elevator. Very funny.
    Like you said, it is more for the kids but I guess that is okay.
    It is meant to be for the kids and I bet we all must love it if we too, are small and young and action films or cartoons are important to us.
    We should see it through the eyes of a child – not as an adult.

    The only thing I do not like it that film is that how they portray sexuality using Megan Fox and the kids think it was disgusting part. They even asked me why must be in that film??? Kind of a bit embarrassing moment when the guy stared at her butt in the car’s action! LOL

    Will see how this second film will be.

  2. A couple of my kids saw the first movie with friends and thought it was dire. They were amazed a sequel was greenlit. As an Arrow fan, my 10 year old is not impressed that Amell has been caught up in such tripe. Needless to say, we won’t be seeing this.

    • I too was surprised there was a sequel; but with the money the 1st one made there was no way the movie studio would pass up the chance. Good thing all of you are taking a pass on this one. Thanks for the comments.

  3. I think that part of me is still 13 when it comes to the Turtles. I’ll probably regret seeing it, and I’ll try to time it when I’m in need of mindless dribble. 🙂

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