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Finally the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie fans deserved!

 

 

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oing into this film we expected to see another typical Michael Bay film adaptation of a beloved 80’s cartoon franchise. That typically means over the top explosions, extensive use of CGI and human characters no one really cares too much for. Well we did get the explosions and CGI but we were pleasantly surprised  we also honestly got one of the best film adaptations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to date.

Left to right: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Left to right: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

In the second go around, we catch up with our beloved heroes in a half shell who have successfully defended NYC from the evil Shredder (Brian Tee).Unfortunately the world isn’t ready to accept the fact 6’0 ft mutant turtles saved a whole city from a man in a robotic samurai suit. So in this movie they strike a deal with our favorite bumbling cameraman Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett) to take the credit for defeating Shredder thus him being known as Vernon “The Falcon” Fenwick turning him into a celebrity and hero.

Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Megan Fox reprises her role as reporter April O’Neil, the turtles liaison and ear to the street helping them gather information when they can’t hit the streets in the daylight.

Megan Fox as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Megan Fox as April O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

She uncovers a plot that brilliant mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) is working with the notorious Foot Clan and is devising a plan to free Shredder who is currently in police custody.

Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Tyler Perry as Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

That’s where our favorite hockey mask wearing vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) comes in. Now at the time he’s a correction officer with dreams of making detective giving the character his first ever had a origin story.

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Jones is tasked with transporting the dangerous villain Shredder to prison along with two bumbling crooks Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen Sheamus Farrelly). Learning of the plot to free the Shredder the turtles spring into action to stop Baxter from unleashing the Shredder upon the city again.

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They are almost successful but thanks to efforts Bebop and Rocksteady and advanced alien technology Shredder and his soon to be new bumbling right hand men escape. Little does the Shredder and Stockman know they are being used in a bigger diabolical scheme by an inter-dimensional being named Krang. Krang gifts Shredder with the now purple ooze (it used to be green) also known as Mutagen to help him even the playing filed with the turtles. He uses it on the Bebop and Rocksteady turning them into the giant Rhinoceros and Warthog we affectionately know. Bay and his production team have a very interesting take on as to why the two turn into those two animals specifically. We will let you discover that for yourselves.

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Thus the Turtles next greatest adventure kicks into high gear as they have to stop both the Shredder and now Krang from not only destroying NYC but taking over the world.

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Final Verdict:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows is by far a much better outing this time around than it’s predecessor. It’s pretty much the original cartoon on steroids and fans of the franchise will love the direction the franchise is going in as far as the story line is concerned. It’s also refreshing to see Bebop and Rocksteady make it to the big screen as this is the first time the mutant tag-team have ever made the transition to film.

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They totally make up for these two bumbling characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of The Ooze.

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As far as the main characters, The Ninja Turtles themselves, you honestly grow to love them even more in this film. Yes they still supply the action and laughs but you get to see them express more emotions as they are just teenagers who just want to be accepted in a world where humans would not understand them. Each of their unique personalities show in this film making them more human than turtle at times.

Tyler does well as the nerdy evil genius Baxter Stockman proving to us he’s much more capable of just being a man in a fat suit and wig. We definitely can see him coming back to play the role as we are sure he will be used again down the line in future films. So hopefully there will be some CGI acting in Tyler’s future if you know what we mean.

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Casey Jones is a fan favorite and Amell definitely had to come correct when playing this character. He delivers, but we still feel he wasn’t used to his full potential in the film.Yes we got some flashes of him at work but we definitely look for him to have a much bigger role and a better mask as well.

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Brian Tee is new to the role of Shredder but make no mistake he is The Shredder. We loved the interaction between him and Krang in the film as it delivered the nostalgia of watching the cartoons back on television.

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What really helped this film was the addition of Krang! (Beanz speaking) My eyes lit up at the sight of the talking brain inside of his giant android body. Just seeing him and the Technodrome for the first time on the big screen had the inner child in me smiling from ear to ear. I almost shed a tear watching the turtles team up to take on the inter-dimensional baddie.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows is the film fans have been waiting for, for a very long time! It perfectly brings to life all of the elements people came to love from the cartoon and shows the crew behind the film definitely had the fans best interest at heart. If you’re not a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles chances are very high you will be after watching this film. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows should definitely be on your radar as one of the films that you and your young ones should go see.

4 out of 5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows is in theaters June 2nd!

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