Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Film Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett,William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, Tohoru Masamune and with the voice over talent of Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritchson, Tony Shalhoub, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Howard

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Produced by Michael Bay

Box Office: $79,815,360 as of August 12, 2014 (USA)

Just like I wrote for my review on Hercules, I went into this film not expecting too much.  I had heard awful reviews and even though the trailers seemed to show quite a few good action sequences, they also showed Megan Fox’s terrible acting.  Therefore, I was a bit worried about what I was getting myself into.  However just like Hercules, I was once again pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Megan Fox is unimpressive (she’s nice to look at but I really don’t need to just hear her breathing for over an hour).  Will Arnett’s humor and the overall story line make up for that.  I am not a “TMNT know it all” like my brother-in-law, so maybe there were parts of the story line that would make die hard fans a bit upset but by me being ignorant to all of that, I could just enjoy the film.    Yes, the script was super cheesy at some points- almost as cheesy as the 99 cheese topped Pizza but for the most part, I wasn’t rolling my eyes every two seconds.

The action scenes and the effects were well done which is not surprising since Michael Bay produced it (I had to look up how he and Megan Fox were able to work together again after their feud- read about that here).  I loved the armor that Shredder wears and I would want it for myself honestly.  My favorite part of the whole thing was the elevator scene but I won’t give any spoilers away.

Overall, it was an enjoyable film to go see on a rainy day or just for the laughs.  The comedic scenes were my favorite parts and I would watch it again once it is released from theatres.  The guy we saw going into it with a TMNT shirt may not agree with my review of it and that’s fine- I can see all sides to this however I would definitely tell people to just take a chance and watch it.  I really doubted I was going to go see it in the theatre but I am glad I changed my mind.

Cowabunga!!

 

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