2014 / Director. Jonathan Liebesman.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
The good news is that the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is nowhere near as bad as many of us were anticipating. It is also nowhere near as awful as the 2007 TMNT film. The bad news is that it's still not very good. The turtles return to our screens re-designed, spruced up and looking for fun. Their creature-designs are well conceived and their motion-capture animation blends in nicely with the real world and characters surrounding them. The first problem I had with the movie is that it's another reboot attempting to bring a new origin to the creatures. It's not a huge grievance but definitely a small peeve. Do we really need another recap on that? Most (not all) of the characters are well realized and even Megan Fox delivers what is arguably her best performance yet (in a TMNT movie, that's saying a lot about her abilities). Will Arnett is useless on screen and ruins a lot of the mojo and William Fichtner's talent is wasted with him playing second fiddle to the villainous Shredder. My second problem with the film was it's terrible action set-pieces. The movie features two particularly overblown, ridiculous and gratuitous action sequences, which well overstay their welcome and drag the entire film into the realms of stupidity. Some may argue that this is a movie based on a comic book and therefore there are no limits... but I don't subscribe to that. All credibility is lost when the reality of the world they're presenting is broken by concepts and designs, which overstep the overall modesty of the story. But hey... TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) is still a fun watch, unsuspecting kids will love it and there are plenty of good moments to offer a level of nostalgia to the older viewers. But I watched this with my two kids and both were quite underwhelmed by it. Both of them turned to me and said that they much preferred the older 1991 film because it was darker, more realistic and not as stupid. The kids have spoken, folks!