Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows Movie Review.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows (To which we will refer to as TMNT) is the sequel to the 2014 hit ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Starring Megan Fox as April O’Neil alongside the turtles. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo. Here is our TMNT 2 Movie Review.
A lot of people’s problem with that original movie was that the turtles themselves were not in the movie as much as April herself, however with this movie that’s an entire different story. The turtles are here and they shine. If you are a turtle’s fan (More so the cartoons from the 80s than the original comic), then you will most likely love this film. With fan favourites Bebop (WWE Star Sheamus) and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams), or Casey Jones played by the Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell, and there might be some others sprinkled in there.
This movie is a lot like a cartoon. Which isn’t a bad thing, because this is based on the cartoon versions of this property which is also this movies strength and weakness. The humor while some of it good, does give into to the dumb tropes of using fart jokes to pander to little children, yes this movie might be for them but it is a PG-13 so it is a little “Mature”.
The villains in this movie in this movie are very weak and their reasons for what they are doing make no sense. The Shredder is back however is played this time by Brain Tee. Not only has he been replaced but his “Sidekick” Karai has been replaced to by Brittany Ishilbashi, but you can barely tell as both barely did anything in the last one and in this one their roles are only slightly beefed up.
Baxter Stockman was one of the best things in the movie, played by Tyler Perry. He had this sort of “nerdy” charm to him, where he kind of seemed like a scientist that gets pushed around, and is only trying to fit in. I hope his character really does go somewhere, hopefully we see him have some of the elements from the 2003 Baxter Stockman from the series that started in that year, a little bit darker but has fun with it.
There is another villain in there is another villain in it who I won’t spoil but I believe is in one of the trailers, and he is very miss used, he is just in there for the sake of it, but being a hardcore Ninja Turtles fan myself I was happy to see him, same with Bebop and Rocksteady, they were perfect. Apart from one joke they made.
The human characters in this (Other than Baxter) are fine, Megan Fox doesn’t give an Oscar worthy performance, but it’s a Ninja Turtles movie and you wouldn’t expect that. Stephen Amell was a little too happy to be Casey at times, but overall played his character very well. Will Arnett is just playing Will Arnett which is always fun, but I prefer him doing voice over work, which is why I am so excited to see ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ which is out next year.
Now the thing everyone wants to know. How were the Turtles? They were amazing. They are the way I wanted them to be, they each had their characteristics from the cartoons. Leo is the fearless leader who wants to be perfect, Donatello is the brains, Mikey is the party dude & Raphael is the hot head. The only thing I’ll say about the turtles, I find their faces at times, mainly Mikey’s to be a bit weird, in an A.I. sense. It’s probably because I’m use to seeing them looking like the cartoons we have all grew up to love.
That concludes our TMNT 2 Movie Review, Overall Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows, is a fun time at the movies for the family to just sit, turn off your brain and eat popcorn to.