Release date:June 3, 2016
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence)
Screenwriters:Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec
Starring:Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Stephen ‘Sheamus’ Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams
[divider]Well, as the title implies “TMNT: Out of the Shadows” is a MAJOR improvement over the first one and definitely better than I expected.
To start off, there were numerous, well placed, nods to the late 80’s/90’s cartoon. There is ample humor as well as a steady stream of action.
Now, this is a Michael Bay movie, so one has to expect that there is going to be a heavy emphasis on CG (computer graphics). I will say this, however, being a person who prefers the practical element, I can still appreciate the use of CG in this film. This would have been a very difficult film to have been done with practical elements, i.e. the turtles themselves. On that subject, I will say that it looks like the director may have taken the advice of the fans and made the turtles a bit less human looking ( That was a really freaky element of the first one). Good job!
I would say that the storyline in this one was a bit more solid than the first one. It focused more on the relationship between the brothers. It focused on their maturing as individuals, as a team, as well as their interactions with each other. There are some good conflict situations that come up, however in what one might consider “typical cartoon fashion” they get resolved fairly quickly (This is to be expected, though, due to the nature of the film).
There are plenty of villains to keep our heroes busy in this film that is for sure. You have Shredder, Rock Steady, Bebop and Krang. Not to mention all of those pesky Foot Clan characters. As usual, however, the foot soldiers, despite their “intense training”, are easily dispatched leaving our heroes, including the newly-introduced Casey Jones (played by Stephen Amell of Arrow Fame) to rumble with Rock Steady and Bebop who are brought to life by the wrestler called “Sheamus” and Gary Anthony Williams (Well done fellas!). In addition to these two, we have the addition of Baxter Stockman who is brought hilariously to the screen by Tyler Perry. Rounding out the cast we have Laura Linney and Megan Fox. Megan Fox is as attractive as always and does a good job. Laura Linney as the police chief has a nice character arch, not to mention that I always love seeing her on screen. I think she is VERY underrated and needs to be on screen more often.
The fight scenes are faced paced, but not blurred and I did find it interesting that they made a point NOT to take down half the city when Krang showed up with his technodrome.
Overall I would say this film is a fun, flashback, with a modern twist and worthy of a looksee, so, bring the kids, have a moment of nostalgia and avoid the ooze!