“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is the sequel to the 2014 film, directed by David Green and Produced by Michael Bay. That second name gives most people pause because the Transformer films, but the first TMNT film of this series was okay. Overall, I landed at around 50%. I had high expectations for this film because the cast and crew talked about including the older fans in their plans for the film. Old favorites that are carryovers from the 80s animated series are Rocksteady, Bebop and Krang, as well as Casey Jones and Dr. Stockwell who were introduced in the comics.

Getting into this film, right away I noticed that there was more of a focus on the turtles. I really liked that because I felt too much time was spent on April and Vern in the last one. Stephen Amell, known for playing Oliver Queen on “Arrow”, was pretty good as Casey Jones. We’re introduced to him when, as a corrections officer, he is on the detail for Shredder’s transfer. The foot clan breaks him out and Casey is suspended.  They’ve taken some liberties with his back story, but nothing egregious. The way they used Krang kind of bummed me out and the way Krang just knows about Shredder is a little too convenient. Speaking about the plot, It’s pretty simplistic. Shredder gets sprung from jail, Krang sends him to find the rest of the trans dimensional device and the turtles try to stop him and Krang from destroying the world.

The other human characters were probably the worst part of the movie. Megan Fox and Will Arnett were just as annoying as in the last one. Tyler Perry was a bit zany for Dr. Stockman and the Police Chief was like a cartoon character. The positive characters were Krang, Bebop, Rocksteady and the Turtles. I loved the Brazil plane action sequence. The action scenes, in general, were great. The dialogue was horrible. Everyone had to explain what they were thinking or doing. It got annoying really fast. The motion capture in this film was also an improvement over the last one. I do feel like the technodrome sequence could’ve been better and I wish Krang was more involved in the plot. It was mostly set up for a third film.

Was the movie good? Not particularly. Did I enjoy it? Sure. It was fun and reminded me of the Animated Series. I know some people enjoy the comics more. If those are your Ninja Turtles, then this isn’t the movie for you. It’s obviously geared towards kids, so I’d suggest this for kids up to maybe fourteen. There’s violence, but no more than anything else on Nickelodeon. There is some foul language, though. If you are a fan of the cartoon and need a nostalgia trip, this will fill a quick need. On the scale of 0-100, I’d give this a 57%.


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