I liked the animated tv series as a kid but the signs for this live action film adaptation were not good. Michael Bay was producing, the pictures of the Turtles looked all wrong and there were reports that the turtles would be aliens. But could TMNT rise above the hate?
April O’Neil (Megan Fox) is a reporter for Channel 6 in New York who wants to handle serious news rather than the fluff pieces she’s stuck with. When she witnesses a criminal gang called the Foot Clan involved in illegal activities she see a shadowy figure arrive to take them out. Wanting to find the vigilantes involved she ends up discovering more than she bargained for when the figure she’s hunting for turns out to be…Well I think you can guess the rest.
Despite the negative buzz before its release, I actually found TMNT to be a fun movie. Is it a classic, no. Is it faithful, no. But it was definitely a lot better than what I thought it would be. Thankfully the turtles are not aliens as was feared. The action scenes are fun and even exciting in IMAX 3D. Megan Fox is ok as April O Neil and works well with Will Arnett who plays her camera man Vern. Arnett continues to be the best thing in most of the movies he appears in (as fans of his Batman from The Lego Movie will tell you). He has a lot of the best lines and is, unsurprisingly is very funny.
It won’t be a huge surprise however to hear that this movie is far from perfect. To me the turtles still look wrong, and our four heroes in a half shell vary constantly between amusing and annoying. The turltes rat mentor Splinter is disappointingly underused while the villianous Shredder is given a weird body armour to wear that makes him look like a lame Transformer rip-off except without being able to actually transform. The script often makes April do stupid things for the sake of the plot which makes her come across less like an investigative reporter and more like she has a death wish. Attempts to link April and the turtles backstories is also unsuccessful.
However while its silly I have to admit I did have fun watching it. Even though at times it felt like I wondered into an extended Pizza Hut advert. While I wouldn’t recommend you rush out and see it, if you do find yourself wondering into the cinema it may not be as bad as you feared. Although I’m sure plenty will disagree with me.
Rating 3/5 – silly and ridiculous but also at times, rather fun with it