Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

By: Cynthia Ayala

A fun filled action film that really builds on the legacy of the Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles without tarnishing it.

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman

Screenplay by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec & Evan Daugherty

Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Peter Laird & Kevin Eastman

Starring: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville & Tony Shalhoub

Genre: Action

Spawned from a lab experiment gone awry, teenage terrapins Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael live in the sewers beneath New York. Although their rodent sensei, Splinter, advises against showing themselves above ground, the justice-loving, pizza-eating brothers can’t stand idly by while evil Shredder and his minions terrorize the city. With help from intrepid reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman, the Turtles set out to save New York.

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This was a fun filled action film that really is for the fans of the franchise and a genuine family film. First and foremost, Megan Fox was pretty good. She tapped into her character perfectly and into the craziness surrounding her. She was incredibly believable and frantic. Watching her on the screen, rising to the occasion of a strong female protagonist was entertaining. Was she worthy of an Oscar? By no means yes, but her performance does warrant an applause.

Other than that, the other characters in the film were spot on. The writers knew just how to capture these iconic characters perfectly to charm the audiences and to create a fun filled and strong dynamic between the characters. Of course, out of all of them, Mickey was the best character. Noel Fisher nailed that part perfectly and was able to capture the childish and comedic nature of the character. That’s not to say that the other actors didn’t capture their parts perfectly but his portrayal of his character was spot on. These actors were able to capture their characters perfectly, bringing so much life to them as well.

Over all, the film was a success because it was able to capture the charm between the characters while bringing new life into them and all the characters as a whole. This cast did an amazing job bringing the characters to life and the writers as well did a great job wiring the characters and the dialogue.

The biggest fault with the movie is that it focuses way too much on Raphael rather than on the team. Of course his character is the “rebel” the one who fights the most with the team and Leonardo and it made for a lot of tension and good character growth throughout the film, but the movie should have focused more on the team as a whole or, at the very least, split the focus on each of them equally. That was the singular hindrance in an overall entertaining film that did exactly what it was supposed to: entertain.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun action film that highlights the line between good and evil and the depth of a familial relationship. Both moving and hilarious, this was a well-made family film. ★★☆☆ (B+)

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