Howdy people, it is review time again and today I’m reviewing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Now I’m one of the few people that liked the 2014 Ninja Turtles, while it wasn’t perfect, but it laid the groundwork for a better sequel. And after seeing it I’m ready to pass judgement.
Here’s the thing about TMNT: Out of the Shadows, I’m indifferent to it, but also quite disappointed. I don’t know. There’s stuff that I liked about this film, but after I left the cinema yesterday I was thinking to myself “I think I lied the 2014 film better.” And that just felt weird to me. Out of the Shadows corrects a lot of the key problems with the last film, but at the same time retains some of the those same issues and creates new ones as well. What works in the film was the Turtles, like the last film the Turtles had the right kind of personalities and chemistry, and I also really liked the Michelangelo as he was quite funny and light-hearted. I also liked some of the references to the old cartoon, some of the action sequences, Brian Tee as Shredder (in the small capacity he was used) and Megan Fox and Stephen Amell were decent as April O’Neil and Casey Jones. However the story was just a little nonsensical with a good few plot holes, several moments of humour felt stupid, juvenile, awkward and insufferable, and while I know this film was clearly aimed at children, I did miss the slightly more serious tone of the previous film whereas this film was more kid friendly but in the worst possible way. And while this film featured a lot of fan service which was fun from a nostalgic point of view, in the grand scheme of things it didn’t add much to the overall film. Also Bebop and Rocksteady, those two, there fluctuated between being stupidly fun to being absurdly strange and annoying. Shredder was wasted, Casey Jones’ integration in this film was horrible, oh and it has to be said, Krang, what the hell man? They ruined him and his inclusion in this film was completely pointless. So to conclude Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was decent, however it wasn’t as good as I would have hoped. While some of the action and Turtle moments were good, there were massive issues story, characters, tonal inconsistencies and a lack of good ninja-based action and hand-to-hand combat fights. Fans and children may enjoy this film, but for everyone else I can’t recommend this.
So have you seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and if so what did you think of it? And did you prefer this one or the previous one? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀