[mini] Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
When I first saw the trailer for TMNT I was immediately drawn to it. This was one of the movies I had to see! Anyway, it turned out that I didn’t get to see it when it was first launched in cinemas, but patience has its rewards: I watched it yesterday and loved it!
TMNT is all animation, so for those who don’t like these kinds of movies, then too bad! To tell you the truth, I prefer animation and movies with computer-generated effects provided they blend seamlessly and are believable, as the movie creators are sometimes able to achieve things that would be impossible to do in the real world. If you are a fan of the cartoon TV series and the turtle story is slightly covered in cob webs at the back of your mind, you will find this movie quite entertaining. This is a new story coming out of the turtle history. You will find the very same turtle characters here, albeit in a different time where they are struggling to deal with one another while at the same time battling evil.
Shredder has been defeated and the turtles have grown apart. Leonardo, the leader of the group, has been sent away by Splinter to train, Donatello is running a one-man IT support line, Michaelangelo makes money as a kid’s party clown dressed as a turtle and Raphael spends his nights secretly fighting crime as a disguised vigilante. In the city, Max Winters, a wealthy and powerful man is planning on opening a portal so he can remove the stone curse from his brothers-in-arms, a group of 3000-year-old generals with whom he fought beside 3000 years ago. Apparently, Winters was a power-hungry warlord who found this portal and received immortality in exchange for his generals. Additionally, 13 beasts were unleashed to wreak havoc on the earth and it is these same beasts that he must capture to reverse the curse. On the other hand, the evil stone generals are too consumed with immortality and world domination that they decide to deceive Winters and retain the curse. With all the rampage they bring to the city, the turtles are forced to reunite and return as ninjas to fight evil. However, this is met with its own challenges as Raphael’s stubbornness and anger cause him to disagree with Leonardo and they actually “duke” it out on the rooftops of the New York slums! After Leonardo is captured by the generals, Raphael and his brothers along with April, Casey and Splinter must go to his rescue. It is here that one realizes that Winters has actually become good and intends to remove the evil he brought into the world. A very action-packed battle between the turtles and the generals results in the generals and the beasts being sent to another dimension. The turtles save the day!
What made me appreciate this movie even more was that the turtles never had any special powers like many other super heroes you may come across. They were able to fight the forces of evil not just with muscle and ninja training, but also with discipline that enabled them to act as a formidable team. TMNT is just as good for the kids as it is for adults who grew up reading and watching the series. You’ll love the rapid action, witty conversations and overall story of this movie! I’ll give it a 7/10. “Cowabunga dudes”!