Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is not a great movie, but I did enjoy it more than X-Men: Apocalypse.


Yeah. I admit that I liked TMNT: Out of the Shadows slightly more than X-Men: Apocalypse (you can read my reaction to X-Men: Apocalypse here). And yes, I realize I’m committing blasphemy by admitting I enjoyed something touched Michael Bay more than a film by Bryan Singer. Sue me.

How can I say such a thing? The answer is simple. While TMNT: Out of the Shadows was squarely aimed at a teen audience, it did deliver on what I expected to see, namely Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. Even though they are CGI, they look cool. I really like that they are individualized whereas before they just carbon copies with different colored masks and weapons.

Additionally, this time around we had Rocksteady, Bebop, and Krang. All of whom look cool as well, albeit CGI. Oh, there was Baxter Stockman, but only in Neil deGrasse Tyson form, not the humanoid fly form. Maybe next time.

I will readily admit that the story had plot holes. Often plot points were too unbelievable. Yet overall TMNT: Out of the Shadows was forgivable because it is a Nickelodeon film, for teenage boys. Party, dudes! Pizza! Cowabunga! Great expectations of TMNT is like assuming you’ll get Shakespeare from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Fucking stupid.

Sadly, I was the only adult in the audience without a child, which makes me that creepy guy. Eh. I was there because I am a fan of the comic books, TV show, and the original movies (yeah, so what?). There were a few nods to the past for us old timers. The cartoon’s theme song was Donnie’s ringtone. “Ice, Ice, Baby” was rocking on a jukebox in a bar scene. Hey, I never said they were good homages.

All said and done Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was a nice diversion down memory alley. If you’re a fan from long, long ago, or have young children, particularly boys, this is an a’ight way to spend a couple hours.

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