Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows Is A Disaster
Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Director: Dave Green
Screenwriter: Josh Appelbaum (written by), André Nemec (written by), Peter Laird (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters), and Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters)
Principal Cast: Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Stephen Amell
Summary: As Shredder joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.
I’m not going to stand here and try to defend the early 90’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. I understand what it was and why I loved it so much, but when I got older I decided to see how well it held up. The series that I remember liking so much was a thinly veiled toy commercial that felt extremely constrained in its presentation of its characters. This is fine for kids but when you’re trying to appeal to a wider audience you need to step up your game. The movie from 2014 did a horrible job of this so I had little hope for this movie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a complete failure of a movie with no redeeming value.
I’m going to come across as someone who hates this movie but the truth is that I really don’t care about this movie. I never thought this was going to be good. However, I was hoping that it might be stupid fun but it couldn’t even do that much. This film takes a lot of the aspects from the 90’s show and does nothing with it. Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Sheamus) make their first live action appearance and they are horrible. They are products of their time and they have not aged well. There are few things from the 90’s that still hold up and this is not one of them. They aren’t funny; they are just annoying.
This movie feels very much like a product of Michael Bay despite him only having tangentially been involved in this movie. So much of this movie feels like the Transformers movie in that the turtles play second fiddle to the human characters. Did you see the last movie when the turtles argue over their different styles? That is the exact same arc that they have in this movie. Were you excited to see Casey Jones (Stephen Amell)? He is in his hockey mask just once and is basically Oliver Queen on Arrow before he gets stranded on the island. April O’Neil (Megan Fox) doesn’t even reference her job as a reporter until the very end of the movie.
The other thing that this movie is supposed to be is fun in that Krang and the Technodrome show up for the first time in live action. Krang (Brad Garrett) has two scenes and his final fight is incredibly boring. There is so much going on that you can barely tell what is going on. There is a scene where Krang and Shredder (Brian Tee) have a two minute conversation where they decide to team up. Krang spends the entire time telling us about the plot. The ‘show don’t tell’ is all over the place and not a single joke lands. The script is just a terrible mess that makes no sense.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a terrible movie that really irritated me. They could have made a fun movie but they seem to be under the impression that they are making a good movie. I don’t care if this movie for kids, that is no excuse, you should try harder. This generation deserves a better movie.