Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is certainly not like its predecessor “TMNT2 Secret of the Ooze” from 1991. It does have some of the same characters but that’s about where the similarities ended for me. I didn’t see the first film of this new franchise in theaters but I did enjoy it as a rental. It had some fun moments that were surprising and so I decided to make my way to a theater to see the sequel. So let’s dive in and take a look at my thoughts on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”…
First, the characters in this film were paint by numbers. They even go so far as to state which character portrays which attribute (brain, heart, muscle, etc.) in blatant plain language towards the end of the film, and kinda in the second act as the tension builds. The two main villains were poorly written also. The fact certain events take place towards the end of the third act were no surprise. However, a younger viewer who is just getting into film or these characters might have felt some surprise and for them I hope it worked. People should be excited to see certain films and I feel this movie was targeted toward a younger audience and I hope they enjoyed it. Personally it felt very predictable, but again this film wasn’t made for someone like me. So with that in mind I hope it does work well for the targeted audience. I grew up on the Ninja Turtles and because of that I want these films to succeed because I love these characters.
Bebop and Rocksteady… I was as annoyed with these two as I was with the “Twins” in Transformers. These two were so obnoxious and annoying. They weren’t henchman. They were over talkative, ignorant blow hards. It was almost unbearable to hear them speak throughout the film. Complete trash and a waste of screen time. Now, Stephen Amell on the other hand was a breath of fresh air. Sure, he was definitely not the Casey Jones I grew up watching or reading in comics. All that aside, I enjoyed the new take on his character. A down on his luck cop who just wants to be a detective but (cliche city) his superiors didn’t believe him and suspended him. Again, this is not a well written film but it was entertaining. Also, Stephen Amells interactions with the turtles was fun and humorous. They goofed with his character in a similar way you’d see brothers teasing the youngest, more innocent and naive sibling. It was entertaining and comical. I did have a few laughs watching those scenes.
Megan Fox and Will Arnett were exactly who they were in the first film with a slight twist because of what occurred in the first film. Will is as funny as you’d expect and Megan is as hot as we’ve come to enjoy. The only “sexy” scene she has is in the trailers and because of that, you don’t necessarily need to see this film if you’re looking for multiple sexy Fox scenes. She is who she is and her character isn’t distracting or insufferable.
Krang was a fun villain. I was not sure what to expect being that we’ve never seen his character in live action before. I enjoyed the fact that his plan was to bring the Technodrome to earth because that was a fantastic toy to play with as a kid. However, that story was short lived and the film ends EXACTLY the same as the first story. Which was such a bummer! I was so disappointed. Honestly, the film wasn’t great but the fact the endings were the same really didn’t speak well for the franchise.
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is in theaters now! If you’re into the Turtles and special effect films this is a fun one to see on the big screen. If you want a good story with exciting dialogue and three dimensional characters avoid this film like the plague. The end battle scene is a visual treat so for that reason alone I’d recommend a big screen viewing but overall the movie isn’t that great. If you’ve got a home theater system that you really enjoy you’d probably enjoy this more on VOD or Redbox.