MOVIE REVIEW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in a scene from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in a scene from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Lula Carvalho

LEONARDO, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael are back, to save New York and eat more pizza in the process.

This new film has elements that are brilliant and others that really bothered me: I loved the 1980s-esque look and feel of the film, and the ludicrous plot (in line with the original comic).

I really hated the fact the characters are introduced in their Americanised names: Leo, Micky, Ralph and Don.

I also disliked the fact that Megan Fox's character (April O'Neill ) gets so much unnecessary screen time, but I am clear that this is an assessment 90 percent of my fellow male audience will disagree with.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are fictional teenage anthropomorphic turtles who are named after four Renaissance Italian artists.

They were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu.

From their home in sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil overlords, mutated animals, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society.

The characters were originally created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in comic books published by Mirage Studios before expanding into cartoon series, films, video games, toys, and other general merchandise.

During the peak of the franchise's popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it gained worldwide success and fame.

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Shredder escapes prison and meets a warlord from another dimension, Krang, who instructs Shredder to assemble a teleportation device he sent to Earth a long time ago.

He gives Shredder some mutagen, which he uses to transform two criminals who were also in the transport with him, Rock Steady and Bebop into mutants.

Ludicrous, but cool. I know.

The Turtles' new vehicle in this film is the Turtle Tactical Truck, which is based on various vehicles from the franchise, such as the second Battle Shell from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) and the Hauler from Turtles Forever (2009), a customised garbage truck, and the Shellraiser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), a vehicle with a cannon that fires manhole covers.

This film seems to be an ode to 1980s and 1990s pop culture, with Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice featuring in one of the sequences.

Vanilla Ice appeared and performed Ninja Rap in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a good action film for teenage boys of today and former male teenagers who refuse to let go of their yesteryear.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Tyler Perry, Stephen Amell.

Director: Dave Green

Rating: PG

Verdict: 3/5 stars


Topics:  megan fox movies stephen amell teenage mutant ninja turtles

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