| The lean, mean, & green fighting machines are back with this year’s anticipated animation, TMNT. Since the turtles have defeated all their arch-enemies they are now frolicking about the city like normal gigantic talking turtles might. Donatello has taken a job as a phone operator at a tech support center, Michaelangelo runs a kids entertainment company and ironically spends his days in a turtle costume at birthday parties. Raphael creeps in the dark corners of New York fighting crime using terror and fear rather than the ninja techniques taught by Master Splinter. Leonardo left his brothers to go to South America to train to become a better leader. I grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was extremely excited to see them on the big screen but alas fifteen minutes into the film I was begging to be released from my misery. Perhaps I am a die hard for the classic look and feel of the original characters.
Writer, Kevin Munroe, takes us on an exhausting journey which involves mostly elucidation. It seemed a bit excessive for the 87 short minutes it ran. The plot is simple: save the world from an immortal super villain, Maximillian J. Winters, who is trying to open a portal to another dimension that would spread vile creatures all over the world. Unfortunately, the plot took extremely too long to establish and I was well on my way to boredom. When the turtles finally reunite, and after another dragged out sequence of fight-free scenes, they begin their battle with Winter’s army of ancient monsters. Unfortunately the first 5 minutes of the movie was a waste since Leonardo never really used his leadership skills that he went all the way to South America to learn.
So, now we’re at the end of the movie. Hoping for great things? Well, sorry to disappoint but keep hoping. The final fight scene was a total disaster. Half of it wasn’t even shown on the screen. The turtles seemed to be spending more time defending and buying time rather than using their amazing ninja skills to defeat the creatures. Quite frankly, April O’Neil and Casey Jones fought just as diligently as the turtles. I was hoping that with CGI animation vs. the old foam costumes used in the first movie, we’d see some amazing fight scenes. In reference to the new medium, the turtles look fairly high quality but the attempt at making humans is disastrous. The humans look distorted and flat especially in their surroundings.
Note to reader: when preparing to go see this movie, leave your memories of the old version of TMNT at home or you just might be dissatisfied too.
Review By: Maleah Moran