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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows – SPOILER FREE Movie Review

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows can be described with one word: Turtlerific! It’s a fun, energetic, hilarious and action packed adventure straight out of a comic book! From the beginning of the film to the end, I was laughing my shell off and enjoyed every moment of it! The film commits to being what it is and that is a fun ride with lovable characters that people of all ages can enjoy. There isn’t going to be any spoilers here, just insights and my opinions!

bebop and rocksteadyI can’t believe how funny this film is and a big thanks goes to Bebop and Rocksteady. The Turtles themselves are of course insanely hilarious as always but having our favorite rhino and warthog crack jokes at everything including themselves while beating up our heroes in a half shell is such a treat. Seeing them on screen is like seeing the 90’s cartoon come to life! They are personally my favorite part of the entire movie and I’m glad the first time we see them on film they’re portrayed so perfectly!

ActionThe action in this film is top notch! We actually get to see some martial arts in this sequel but not as much as I would have liked to. The fighting was very much like the 2014 remake. Battles between the Turtles, Foot Clan, Casey Jones and Bebop and Rocksteady never stop! Whenever they are on screen, something is about to go down.

Airplane 01The airplane scene we see in the trailer is great! It’s exhilarating and silly but that’s exactly what we want in a TMNT film! There is so much, “that’s impossible” in the movie but who cares! That’s the charm of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The battle with Krang is so over the top that you’ll feel like you’re watching a cartoon.

CGI 02I understand why some people are against this film franchise due to the heavy use of CGI. However,  there is no way a bunch of actors in rubber latex suits can do what is on screen. The animation of the Turtles looks so crisp even when they’re standing next to human actors so I have no problem with it.

SkydiveI do enjoy practical special effects but this script didn’t call for that kind of artistry and I don’t think we’ll ever see that again unless the screenplay is toned down to that of the 1990 original film. That movie had no crazy ninja flips, space ships, skydiving, monsters flipping tanks or sky scraper leaping so yeah, practical effects would work well.

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Don’t get me wrong, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) is my favorite film of all time and no TMNT film can compare to it. The tone however was different, dark and had a different tale to tell. It was different than this film and I’m glad it is.  It’s a different taste, one that we were missing while growing up. We wanted the Technodrome for so long and trust me, you get that taste of the Technodrome in this film! Thinking about it is giving me shivers because I can’t wait to see it again!

CaseySteven Amell’s portrayal of Casey Jones was pretty wicked, kind of. We’ve never seen this type of Casey before so it was hard to digest at first but I knew from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) that we would be getting a different story line from the comic heritage. His integration as part of the heroic team isn’t done very well. We know him to be an outsider like Raph and it’s that connection that brings these two to be best friends. In this film, he’s just thrown into the story for the sake of Amell’s screen time and doesn’t really have any purpose. His use of hockey pucks as an offensive weapon is outstanding and none of the past Casey Jones has ever used them before so that was cool that he brought something new to the character. Amell fit the role of Casey well and performed as awesome as Elias Koteas did in the original 1990 film but I just don’t like how he was written. Ultimately, I’m happy I got to see my favorite masked vigilante fight alongside my favorite super hero team once again!

AprilMeghan Fox’s April O’Neil was actually pretty good in this sequel. Her acting has improved tremendously since the 2014 remake. I didn’t mind her at all in this one and her involvement with helping the Turtles on their missions was very similar to that of the comic. Sure, we get the low top and miniskirt shot as seen in the trailer but it’s all forgiving and I surprisingly don’t have any qualms with her performance. I’ve accepted her as April and mostly like what she brought to the character and story. She was used the way April should be used. In the first film, she was the man protagonist taking the spotlight where in this sequel, her role has been completely reversed and she compliments the Turtles.

baxterTyler Perry’s Baxter Stockman was fun and entertaining to watch! He really pulled off the weirdness that Stockman is in the comic and 90’s cartoon. For those that don’t know who he is, I’m excited for you to find out! He plays a big role in the TMNT franchise and it’s only getting started! You think Bebop and Rocksteady are tough? Wait till you see what becomes of him (if they stick to the comic anyways). I’m totally crossing my fingers!

foot clanThe Foot Clan was so sweet! They really improved in this film with less guns, more swords, more martial arts and they actually looked like what a present day ninja may look like instead of fully armored militants as in the 2014 remake. Like the cartoon, they were riding sick motorcycles, driving slick looking cars, ninja flipping and just kicking shell!

ShredderShredder was outstanding and has such a powerful presence in this film. He’s a man and not a transformer monstrosity, scheming to stop the Turtles from ruining his plans. He and Karai aren’t the same actors as in the 2014 film but that’s ok with me cause they both performed really well. Shredder’s new suit is much closer to the one we’re all used to seeing and it looks great! It’s visually a step down from the first film film but that’s totally fine cause sometimes simple is all you need! He does however take somewhat of a back seat in this movie but I can only imagine what we’ll get from him in the third installment.

KrangKrang! Holy guacamole is he ever amazing! That android body is just a crazy fighting machine with lots of tricks up its sleeve! Krang is also hilarious! Brad Garrett pulls off a great voice for this pink belly brain and captures his authoritative and silly behavior so well! He and Shredder make great partners and if you liked the goofiness and anger of the of the 90’s cartoon Krang, you’ll like this version! The battle between him and the Turtles is incredible and he fights even better than you could imagine! I was constantly wowed every time he would do something!

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadows-turtlesThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themselves are incredible. There are loads of character development in this sequel for them. They each show their personality as we all know them to have where that was entirely nonexistent in the first film. Every Turtle gets their fair share of screen time and all kick the same amount of butt!

DON TECHThis movie has really made me love and appreciate Donatello so much more than I already do! His genius and wisdom is matched that of Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tony provides Don with some of the tech he uses. Raph displays a soft side of him I never knew would exist, coming from the tough rude dude!

pizza mikeMichelangelo really and I mean really enjoys his pizza in this film and is just as silly as we want him to be, twirling his nunchucks and riding his skateboard whenever he can. Leonardo can be a little rough on his brothers but that’s just because he wants to prove to himself that he is a great leader and doesn’t want to disappoint his brothers of father. splinter

Splinter was really good in this film. He’s not a jerk like he was in the first movie. He’s a mentor and father who gives his sons encouraging advice and cracks jokes.

Some of the comedic audio queues were that of 90’s cartoons which gave me a nostalgic trip and it gives this film so much charm. The soundtracks are also quite good with some fun Easter eggs songs that was a delight to hear. The end credits tune just tops the cake with the perfect amount of sweetness and brought tears of joy to my eyes. Fan service is well served in this film too! I’m not saying that fan service makes a great movie but it makes it an entertaining one!

Megan Fox as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Overall, I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows! I enjoyed it just as much as I did with Captain America: Civil War (I can’t remember how many times I saw that film) and much more than X-Men: Apocalypse. It’s like a stuffed crust pizza topped with everything I’ve ever wanted on a pie, delivered to me in a box made of pizza and was free. I can watch this film over and over and never get sick of the jokes, music and over the top action sequences.

B & RBebop and Rocksteady really are a highlight and I would watch a movie with just these two knuckleheads.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows really succeeds in being a great sequel to the 2014 remake which wasn’t perceived very well. It’s as if the producers and writers heard everything that the fans wanted and complained about and gave us what we asked for and much more! Thank you!

TMNT 01Check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows in theatres June 3rd! Turn your brain off and watch this movie for what it is and you’ll have a great time. Grab your pizza slice, popcorn, soda and enjoy a fast two hours of fun entertainment! If you need someone to watch this movie with, let me know! I’d go every chance I could to see this flick! Trust me, all you nerdles will have a ninja flippin’ good time and as always, COWABUNGA!

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