I cringed when I heard the announcement of the sequel to the previous TMNT live action reboot which was a disaster to critics including myself, but a box office success. I have to give credit to Michael Bay, the man understands the formula to creating a box office success. Look at the numbers for the last (incredibly painful) Transformers. And yes, I know Bay didn’t direct the Turtles movie, but both the last one and the new one are littered with Bay’s signatures or as I call them Bayism. I actually wrote a blog on all the typical Bayisms of the Michael Bay films.
Yes, back to the Turtles. Out of the Shadows is actually a lighter fare in terms of chaotic action sequences. The previous movie had incredibly fast chaotic action that i zoned out a few times and became completely unaware of what was happening. With Out of the Shadows, I managed to be more attentive.
What was nice about this film as opposed to the previous film was that there was more focus (and screen time) with the Turtles than their human counterparts, especially Megan Fox’s April O’Neil. We get to see a deeper character development with each of the brothers without rehashing the same storyline of Ralph’s rebellious nature. There was a strong emphasis on what made them different from each other and how their differences benefits the team.
Shredder comes back not as a freakish robot but badass ninja warlord with his iconic yet darker armor, particularly his helmet. However Shredder is greatly overshadowed by the new villain in the famed Krang, an alien that looks like a chewed up gum with a face that inhabits the belly of a robot. Bay seriously has a robot problem. Also included in the villains department is Rocky and Bebop, henchmen’s of Shredder mutated into a rhino and a warthog. They may seem a bit ridiculous but it is a movie with mutated ninja turtles trained by a mutated rat whom they refer to as their father. However, both of them seem like they came straight out of the saturday morning cartoon. And the same goes for Krang. Joining the turtles is Stephen Amell from CW’s Arrow. I enjoy Arrow and I like Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. I did, however, felt Casey Jones was a bit underwhelming.
Aside for a few eye roll moments like when Will Arnett’s character, who is not a fighter at all, slams a Foot Clan soldier, who is a trained assassin, into the wall and knocks him out. Out of the Shadows is a fairly entertaining film, in my Honest Noble opinion. It’s worth seeing on the big screen, just lower your expectations and you’ll have a good time. Especially if you grew up with the Turtles.
Featured image courtesy of Paramount Pictures