Despite being an obvious CGI-animated movie instead of the live-action one with the suits, TMNT continues the storyline of the original trilogy. Shredder is no more, the Foot clan has been reduced to a small group of ninja-soldiers and the four Turtles have been separated as brothers. Each one of them now does something different with their lives.
Leonardo hides up in Central-America to advance his training. Donatello works as an IT-consultant for people with computer-problems. Michaelangelo entertains kids dressed up as a – yup, you guessed it! – turtle. And Raphael? Well … he’s doing something … but to say more would be to spoil the movie.
TMNT pays respect to the original trilogy and it’s a fabulous decision on the part of the filmmakers. Instead of making a remake, they take the history of the previous movie and add another beautiful layer. Now, the four turtles are pitted against a force possibly even mightier than the Shredder.
The new CGI-movie shows us all kinds of fantastic creatures. Small deadly monsters that bite. Big monsters that can lift a container and smack through a wall. And a gang of super-powerful statues that has come back to life, and wants to kill them all and take over the world.
Easily the best moment is a Mexican standoff in the rain between leader Leonardo and the rebellious Raphael. It’s a short scene, but it’s loaded with emotional drama.
Unfortunately, the movie is not without its flaws. The four turtles simply don’t look as good as their live action-counterparts of the original trilogy.
The CGI is amazing and the animation’s probably even better, but somehow – especially during the fighting sequences – you realize that the human-sized turtles in their costumes were much more awesome too look at …
On top of that, the enemy of this movie isn’t quite so interesting. The monsters and strange creatures are all big and dangerous, but they never really seem like they’re gonna hurt our beloved turtles.
It’s like the movie is afraid to install a real element of danger into the story … it feels too much like a kiddies bedtime story!
Even April can now perform martial arts … and she’s capable of beating many Foot clan-soldiers with the greatest of ease. Where is the vulnerable, girl-like April? The one that actually needed the Turtles?
Of course, there’s still much beauty in this movie. The last scene, for example, shows us a great reference to the Teenage mutant ninja turtles-trilogy. You’ll see items that played a major part in each of the movies.
In the end, TMNT is good movie and loads of fun! But its cheesiness and simple plot make this movie more childish than intended. Why couldn’t they make this movie a bit darker and more mysterious like the new Batman?
Did you know?
During the fight between the Nightwatcher and the monster in the diner, at one point, a refrigerator falls on top of the monster and the music cuts out and the monster is heard making a whimpering noise. This was actually a mistake in the soundtrack, but when the filmmakers saw it, they couldn’t stop laughing and left it in the film.
Give it to me short:
TMNT makes the right choice by advancing the story that the original Turtles-trilogy began. The story is unfortunately enough super-simple, and the childish way how the good guys almost always win from the bad guys makes this movie the weakest one so far. It’s definitely good fun, and there’s a few very good scenes. Especially the brotherly fight between Leo and Raph in the rain is a scene that stands out … not just in this movie but in all Turtles-movies too.
The one thing TMNT is missing is character. The movie adds very little depth. It’s also very afraid to take any real chances. Despite the true power of the ancient statues, the four Turtles are never in any danger. The fighting is relaxing when it should be edging. This becomes very apparent in the final sequence when Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo hook up with April, Splinter and Casey Jones to fight dozens of Foot clan-soldiers and the army of powerful statues. It just seems all so … easy … like nothing could ever happen to our heroes.
TMNT is a good movie and solid fun! But they could’ve, no, should’ve made this one a little darker and more mature …