The 2014 Ninja Turtles reboot was something of a surprise for me.
I’m a huge Turtles fan.
While I don’t know the lore inside out, I know quite a bit about it and therefore had some expectations from it.
Of course like any TMNT fan, this was set in motion from my youth, where such things like the new channel on TV being exciting simply because it had the Ninja Turtles on it, but I digress.
With Michael Bay’s name attached, the audience thought his natural flair for the explosive would ooze into the project, but it turns out he was purely on-board as the money.
And with that, it turns out that making a more realistic team of mutated teen turtles with the skill of ninja was a lot more fun than expected and actually paid a lot of respect to the original material.
Hell…I even loved the ‘Iron Shredder’ that turns up! (Mostly because it gave Master Splinter his “Yoda” moment)
So with that, there was some ‘hype’ attached to the sequel Out Of The Shadows because maybe, just maybe, they’d give us fans a Turtle film.
And I feel like they have.
The Turtles, Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Donatello (Jeremy Howard) and youngest brother Michelangelo (Noel Fisher) have returned to the sewers after saving New York from the Shredder (now played by Brian Tee), who is now in prison.
Their street-level friend and confidant April O’Neil (Megan Fox) discovers the Foot have not been truly defeated and calls upon the brothers to return to save the day once more.
These Turtles that take to the screen felt like MY Turtles. The action and story is both completely bananas, yet somehow lore. The brothers have never been more conflicted, yet also so excited by the battle coming. With turtle-gadgets out in full-blast and fan-favourite items getting their movie makeovers, I felt like a kid again.
Characters from the original stories join the fray, with new mutants Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus) equalling the field for the Foot with immature antics and wild recklessness.
Stephen Amell as April’s crush Casey Jones, plays up the vigilantes anger issue with a jest that’s been missing from his work in the popular television series Arrow, while Tyler Perry brings to life the weirdly maniacal Doctor Baxter Stockman who is sure to return in future.
Will Arnett rejoins as Vern Fenwick with Laura Linney rounding out the human cast as Police Chief Rebecca Vincent, who finds herself wildly flinging between different emotions that one can only hope are fixed should she return.
It is absolute fun that will have you screaming “Cowabunga!”
That’s as simple as I can keep it.
The Turtles, while experiencing their own existential crisis with their place in the world, have fun. They like being Ninja Turtles, and they love their friends and family and dealing with the insane situations they’re thrown into, their way.
And if you don’t walk out after this film feeling the need to eat pizza, then that’s on you because these Turtles…they LOVE their pizza (like they should!)
Wildy fun and outrageous, I walked out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows feeling like I'd just seen my Turtles on-screen.
And I need to see them again!