Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014, the much anticipated childhood story of our 4 renaissance turtles see the return of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael. Set in the premise of New York City, the plot involves a syndicate of the foot clan, organized crime is at large. Without giving much away, Shredder is attempting to gain control and influence of the city. Hence, the rise of our unlikely vigilantes of the film the Ninja Turtles. Did we forget to mention, this film also stars Megan Fox as our lovely newscaster and fearless reporter April O’Neil who happens to be quite a key character in the plot this time around. Together with the turtles, Can April and crew save New York City from the evil shredder and his foot clan? Let’s find out.
Wait a minute, I’m sure that some of you must be wondering how the CGI holds up especially after watching the trailers. I remembered thinking, “Oh they look huge and they have nostrils”. However, after settling in, the CGI and the design of the turtles proved to be pretty good. Each turtle looking noticeably larger with previous iterations, each crafted and designed to look unique. The movie is also faithful when it comes to the turtles and their individual personalities. The humor also holds up pretty well throughout the film.
However, like any Michael Bay film out there, it’s undeniably true. The best parts of the film show up in the trailers. Also, the plot takes quite a major detour from what we used to know about these turtles. Instead of being exposed to a mutant ooze in the sewer, the turtles and splinter are lab experiments. While fans of new might not have an issue, I think that faithful old timers to the series might have a bane to pick with the plot. Then again, I will attribute this to a common Michael Bay problem collection #992334. Plot holes are quite evident here, we’ll leave that to you to find out should you decide to watch the movie.
While, there’re are some adorable things in this film worth catching especially the CGI, the action, the humor of Michelangelo and the turtles. Some of the changes are noticeable and well received but some especially the plot might stir up fans of the original series. We get that this is a reboot and changes are inadvertently necessary. So whether you decide to see this is entirely up to you. If you prefer your childhood memories of the turtles to remain as they are, we advise you to watch this one on Blu-ray or DVD. However if you should decide to see this one, do remember to leave whatever you remember about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from old at the door and it just might be that enjoyable ride after a long day at work.
Ratings: 3 out of 5 Stars
By Ye Yong Qiang (Guest Writer)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in cinemas 7 Aug
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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