The first question most people ask after watching the 2014-version of The teenage mutant ninja turtles is: ‘What the heck happened to the Turtles? They’re ugly! They’re monstrous freaks!!’ Truth is, the biggest flaw of this movie is also the most obvious one. Yes, the Teenage mutant ninja turtles do look different … don’t they?
But once you’ve gotten used to the new looks, it ain’t all that bad. The Shredder looks badass. The Foot clan is back in greater numbers. And the Special Effects are amazingly well done. You have to say, the way they’ve created the Turtles is almost a work of art. They each have a very unique set of looks.
Donatello for example has now a pair of glasses, being the smartest one.
Raphael is the largest one, the strongest one with the bulkiest muscles and broadest chest.
Leonardo has that stern, cold and distant look in his eyes. The look of a leader. One who cares for all his brothers. The one who assumes total responsibility if and when things go south.
And then there’s Mikey … aaaah Michelangelo … the funny one. His face speaks volumes. By looking at him, you know he’s always looking for his next prank.
It takes a while before the movie explodes onto the screen. At first, mostly, we see a bunch of shadows moving in the dark. But then we see Splinter in action.
And towards the end, we are treated to the very best scene of the movie. The one where the Turtles slide down a ‘slippery slope’ on the mountain side …
As far as acting goes, one shouldn’t expect much. Not even from William Fichtner who essentially repeats his role from Prison Break, only now he’s now a convict but a major. But his manner and the way he talks is very much the same.
Megan Fox is merely here for eyeing pleasure. Her role is very similar to Transformers, though somehow she puts a tiny bit more meaning to her role. Perhaps the writing is better … yeah … that’s probably it!
Though the new remake could never top the original 1990 movie, and we do miss the classic looks of the Turtles, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Plus, the filmmakers had the guts to try something new … and that by itself is quite rare in Hollywood these days.
Did you know?
Whoopi Goldberg stated that this movie has been a lifelong goal of hers: “My daughter was a huge fan of the original TMNT cartoon so when the original movie was announced she wanted me to be in it and so I asked around but it never happened, same with the other films they made, so when I heard this new project get announced I asked around again and to my surprise I got the part!”
Give it to me short:
The 2014 version of the Teenage mutant ninja turtles is a fresh start on the heroes in a half shell. Though the Turtles look and sound different than what they originally looked like – and the new movie could never match the brilliance of the old one – it’s still a blockbuster movie that does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It entertains! It’s funny at times, especially when Michelangelo speaks. It’s got a storyline that one can hardly called stupid. And it’s got the number 1-nemesis of of the Turtles in a completely new outfit, with more swords and pointy daggers than ever before …
Not only does the movie zoom in on the past of the Turtles, but it also features one particular snowy skate-scene that shows you exactly how much Special Effects these days have grown. I suppose the old looks of the Turtles were better, but that doesn’t make this movie any worse. It’s non-stop entertainment wrapped in a silly story … what more could you want from a movie about mutated ninja-turtles? Right?