In theaters this weekend is, in my opinion, the best movie adaptation of the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' comic book to date. Now before you angrily close your web browser out of spite, allow me to explain.
While no, this story is not feasible, practical, humorous, or even action packed enough to stand alone as an entertaining spectacle for “mature” adult audiences, there is enough borderline/grey area gags, bits, and gimmicks to keep your mind from wandering. This, especially, if you grew up with (or had previously exposure to) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this movie is a gold mine of flashbacks, fond memories and nostalgia. But the reason my numerical rating is so low is simply because were it not for the nostalgia factor, as an “mature adult” (by legal standards anyway) I may well have grown bored during the spectacle and may’ve left unhappy and disappointed.
My favorite part, if I’m honest, was seeing Will Arnett (picturing him as ‘Arrested Development’s’ Gob [pronounced “Jobe,” not “Gob”] Bluth) play an action star. But Megan Fox, as April O’Neil, gave an excellent performance that really stole almost every scene that she was in. The rest of the cast was well picked as well, but since they were mainly voice overs, their’s weren’t as noticeable.
Don’t worry those who were [also] in fear of Michael Bay overloading it with an overabundance of superfluous special effects and utter cheese. There are only two sequences that really stood out to me as “too much.”
Again, if you experienced the series in the past and didn’t mind the terrible rubber suits, you will probably enjoy this movie quite a bit, even despite the changes and tweaks to the story.
At the close, I would like to thank Epic Theaters [for their providing a very amiable theater in which to view this (and other) movies and recommend that you go to one of their several local locations for your next cinematic experience.