Ah, the cartoons of the 80’s. Who didn’t grow up with them? Some of my fondest memories of my childhood were the saturday mornings, where you put the tv on skychannel to watch your favorite cartoons. Shows like Transformers, He-man, M.A.S.K., all of those were just legendary and these days they just don’t make cartoons like that anymore.
Over the past few years Hollywood has released a lot of live-action movies based on those classics of the 80’s. One of the more succesfull franchises were ofcourse the Transformers movies by Michael Bay. In 2014 Bay produced the new live action version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. Honestly when i first saw the trailer of this one i thought very little of it. Never having been a big fan of the cartoon anyway (i was a Transformers man all the way), i skipped the movie in the cinema. Now with the release of the 2nd movie this year, i decided to give the first one a try.
The movie ofcourse begins with the origin story of the four legendary heroes, along with their master Splinter. Taking place in New York, the movie tells the tale of how the city is terrorised by the mysterious Foot Clan. One night reporter April O’Neill, out on her own to find more details about the terrorists, stumbles right in the middle of a fight on the docks. A shadowy figure fights off the Foot Clan by himself, and soon after April gets her first glimpse of the Turtles. O’Neill then gets caught up right in the middle of a war between the leader of the clan, Shredder, and the quirky heroes in a half shell. She will need all her wits to survive the conflict, but with the Turtles at her side, she has nothing to fear, right ?
I did not expect to enjoy this movie as much as i did. The special effects are just simply spectacular, and the way the four Turtles are animated is nothing short of fantastic. Even more impressive is the Foot Clan leader Shredder, who has a seriously wicked looking samurai like costume with a very cool weapons array. Megan fox place a nice role as April, and one of my favorite actors William Fichtner also does a more than decent job as Eric Sacks, a character from Aprils past with a big secret. The story of the movie is ofcourse almost non existent, but that is not the reason you watch movies like this in the first place. It is ofcourse for the action and the special effects, and on that department the movie definitely delivers. There is also a lot of humor in the movie, and the scene that springs to mind the most, was the rapsong in the elevator. Seriously funny.
All in all this movie was a pleasant surprise. I heard some complaints about the fact that this version was not staying faithfull to the original Turtles stories, but as i said, never having been a fan in the first place, maybe that is why i like this movie so much. I am definitely gonna try and see if i can watch part 2, Out of the Shadows, in the theatres.
I give this movie an 8 out of 10 score.