Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT

Year: 2007
Directed By: Kevin Munroe
Written By: Kevin Munroe, based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman

RYAN’S REVIEW

This was the next movie up but sadly we won’t be able to review it. Under circumstances I find both disappointing and fulfilling the DVD has been lost. My kids have gotten into the turtles enough to have asked to see this movie and I let them take it off the shelf only to be lost in the madness kids create. There’s a playroom that they have run through like tornadoes, a playroom they will one way or another they be cleaning themselves…… They clean on child time and there is no telling when and if the DVD will be recovered in the effort. Meanwhile I want to go ahead and move along in these reviews.

I hate to admit it but I don’t really remember enough about this ten year old movie to know what I liked about it or saw in it that made me purchase it. I have always been a sucker for the turtles and I imagine there was something here that caught my attention. There had to be something because I can’t imagine why I would have added an animated film otherwise.

I might have thought it was an interesting bridge between the two live action franchises and would have been interested in rediscovering what prompted me to buy it. Nevertheless I won’t have the opportunity anytime soon and doubt I will make the effort to go back and do this one again. We are in the Turtle zone of the collection and once we pass it we’re heading straight on to Terminators, Thors, and all the T’s in between and thereafter.

If this movie is worth the time to come back to then by all means someone let me know and I’ll come back to it. Otherwise this one will have to be at your discretion to watch.

NEXT MOVIE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

 

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Year: 1991
Directed By: Michael Pressman
Written By: Todd W. Langen, based on characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird

 

RYAN’S REVIEW

OK full disclosure here, I haven’t watched this movie in order to review it. Oddly enough I found myself watching it with my kids sometime within the last six months and I think that gave me a good enough impression to go with. I’m like a freaking adult now, can’t be having two sittings of this movie within six months of one another. That would just be silly.

I distinctly remember this film coming to theaters, I was 7 at the time. There was a contest for coloring a picture of the turtles to get free tickets to the film. I specifically remember how much effort I put into it, not only the easy part of getting all the colors correct but also shading with crayons in a way that could rival my abilities as an adult. I put all the effort capable of a seven year old into that drawing and I was so proud to turn it in. When I got the call that my coloring had been selected I lost my shit. I felt like I had won because I was somehow a superior Turtles fan. I had poured my heart into something, probably for the first time in my life, and I had succeeded at it. Low and behold I realized years later that my dad was the manager of the theater that promoted the competition. A coincidence that can’t be overlooked as one reflects on life experiences.

That charming memory aside I loved this movie through and through when it came out and I saw it in the theater. I thought it far exceeded the original film and captured the humor that the turtles were capable of. Plus there were other mutants in this one! I have always been a fan of Toka and Raza, the capabilities of Jim Henson Creature Shop can never easily be overlooked. These guys were no Bebop and Rocksteady but they upped the ante for the turtles nonetheless.

Yet as I have gotten older I find myself revisiting this film now and again. I find that with each viewing I see more and more childish shenanigans. Things I started out blind to because of my childhood love suddenly started to come into focus. The ninja turtles don’t even really fight in this one. In fact they’re the motherfucking Harlem Globetrotters of combat! How can I knock this guy down without using any actual violence? Hmmmm we’re gonna need more props and gags.

The thing is I no longer know what to think about this movie. I watch this movie now and I want to sit here and tell you it’s garbage. Nothing but juvenile nonsense and it isn’t worth your time. However I have to consider the memories that come flooding back. I absolutely loved this movie when it came out and ignored all flaws for years following. Maybe this is a great movie because it captured me as part of the obvious target audience. Maybe what I think about it now fails in comparison to the magic I saw as a seven year old.

If nothing else this movie continued the turtle story line and deepened their characters. That can’t be said for the third in the franchise. I don’t think this movie was worth my time to sit down and watch again within a certain time frame. Upon deep consideration I would say that it is most definitely worth the time of your preteen child. Even though it is silly I think there is still plenty to like about the film for any Ninja Turtles fan.

NEXT MOVIE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)