Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

MV5BNjUzODQ5MDY5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTc1NzcyMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebsman

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fitchner

IMDB: 6.4

Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

three-stars

A group of mutated warriors face off against an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York.

 

There’s no denying that TMNT was one of the anticipated movies coming out this month, but in comparison to the other huge movie that came out the week before, TMNT was a let down. The only reason I’m being generous with the three stars is because of Raphael’s incredibly touching speech towards the end of the movie that had me tearing up in the theatres.

My main issue with TMNT is Megan Fox’s horrible acting and the jumpy storyline. I really do think they should have picked a different leading lady other than Megan Fox for this movie, simply because she had a lot of alone screen time where it looked like she was flopping around in water trying to breathe. Her acting was flat, one-dimensional and left much to be desired. Seriously though, what is the difference between her playing April O’Neil in this movie and Michaela Banes in Transformers? Nothing. She comes off as the same over-played, whiney, stubborn girl—completely and utterly boring. Her acting only enhances the fact that her character does extremely stupid shit, which makes you want to shake her for being so dumb even more!

Fox’s horrible acting does nothing to shield the fact that the storyline was just … lame. On top of that, the pacing and timing of everything in this movie is just so off. Everything felt rush, and it felt like the movie was doing a lot of telling and no showing, as we say in the book world. The storyline was sloppily put together and really, the “plot” wasn’t exciting and left me really wanting more.

The only real reason this movie had any kind of oomph is because of the ninja turtles themselves. They brought so much life onscreen whereas Fox sucked it all out. The turtles were hilarious and entertaining, I wish the story focused more on them than on Fox. Their silliness and humour really made you fall in love with them and their bond of brotherhood really resonates with you.

This is especially felt when they were faced with the prospect of falling to their death at the end of the movie, where Raphael spills all of his feelings out and tells his brothers that he truly loves them. If this movie did anything right ,it was capturing the essence of the TMNT’s brotherhood and family values. However, that’s not enough to make a good movie.

Also, that stupid little romance between Fox and Arnett was stupid and so contrived, I can’t. It’s like they had to stick it in their for some reason because movies cannot have romance without it to sell, right? So dumb.

Honestly, who the hell comes up with these movie summaries anyway? If anyone were to leave this as a book summary, no one would pick it up!

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