My Take – If you are a 80s or a 90s kid the main feeling you get while watching this film is Nostalgia! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun summer movie that did a great job of staying in the spirit of the original turtles with a modern twist (which I really loved). The turtles were funny and the movie is action packed.
The final hour of the film is every bit as action packed as any of Bay‘s films. It has great action, has a lightly dark tone, but makes up for it with comic relief and one-liners by the turtles especially Michelangelo. Among the four Raphael & Micky get more screen time. Among the human characters Megan Fox’s has surprisingly done a good job of playing April O Niel, Will Arnett’s character has its moments but on a whole the character is quite confused, personally I am big fan of William Fichtner (from his Prison Break days) & is awesome as the antagonist Sacks (so much better than the Shredder) .
Well of course such kind of movie have their cons as well; being a turtle fan I hated the Shredder from his character designs to his portrayal! The so called upgrade looks more like Megatron (Transformers), Sacks was better character any day! Same goes for the design of Splinter, instead of a rat he looks more like donkey , luckily Tony Shaloub has done a fine job in the voice department. Director Jonathan Liebesman never lets up the momentum in this runaway action thriller. The new Ninja Turtles are even more differentiated than their predecessors. They stand six feet tall. They still crave pizza, but they have been updated and their abilities ramped up far and away beyond what they could achieve before this reboot.
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Rated – PG13
Run Time – 101 minutes