If you follow me on Twitter (@whoJANKINS) or Instagram (@whoJANKINS), you probably know that I am a HUGE Ninja Turtle fan.. I have been a fan and collector since I was a kid, and continue to collect and support the TMNT. So last night I won a ticket to go see an advanced screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film with Machinima and Paramount Pictures in Burbank. A LOT of people have been hating on this movie before they have even seen it.. and its because of the confusion with the storyline and such.. But let me clear this up for you. The movie is THE BEST TMNT MOVIE EVER MADE! And with that said.. here is my review of the movie.
Ok.. So I saw the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie last night.. Oh and just so you know, It WASN'T directed by Michael Bay.. It was directed by Jonathan Liebesman (and I can honestly say I don't like any of his movies).. ..except this one. Now.. When I say that the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is the best TMNT movie ever made, take note that I'm not saying it is the best movie ever made.. Im saying its the best TMNT MOVIE ever made. Is it perfect, no.. But almost. Is it better than all the other TMNT movies? YES!! A BIG YES!! I will try not to get too spoilery, but really there isn't anything to spoil.. The plot is straightforward.. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are needed to save the citizens of New York from The Shredder. And really THATS ALL WE NEED!! There is more to the plot.. But just go see it.. They explain it perfectly.
Lets talk about what everybody is complaining about.. Is William Fichtner "The Shredder"? No.. He is Eric Sachs a multi-millionaire big business guy.. Eric Sachs is The Shredder's financial provider. The Shredder is a JAPANESE HUMAN named OROKU SAKI!! The Shredder is NOT A ROBOT (or a Transformer)!! Are the Turtles Aliens? No. Is the Mutagen from aliens? NO!! THERE ARE NO ALIEN REFERENCES IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE!!! They are MUTANT TURTLES!! And guess what.. the Origin story in this movie makes more sense than ANY OF THE OTHER FILMS.. Do you remember the first TMNT movie? This is the origin of the 1990 TMNT movie: Hamato Yoshi taught his pet rat, Splinter, Kung Fu, his rival Oroku Saki tried to kill him, Splinter attacked the rival, and escaped to the sewers after the rival killed his master Hamato Yoshi and sliced his ear.. He found four baby Turtles that were covered in a mysterious ooze.. Taught them the kung fu he learned as a rat.. and raised them to fight evil. THAT was the origin story for the first movie!!! A japanese dude had a pet rat THAT HE TAUGHT KUNG FU TO.. Seriously. WE BELIEVED THAT!? In the NEW TMNT movie.. Splinter is just a rat.. the turtles are just turtles.. The mutagen transforms them all into intelligent walking talking creatures.. Splinter finds some kung fu books.. Learns Kung fu.. they spend their entire lives learning and living by the teachings of martial arts. Sounds a bit more believable than teaching a pet rat a highly difficult set of moves. Anyway. How did they end up in the sewers? Why is April so important to them? Watch the movie!! They explain it BEAUTIFULLY!! Its the best origin story I have heard of the Turtles thus far.
Now, the two biggest complaints from people.. Megan Fox as April and the faces of the Turtles. I grew to love the way the turtles look.. they are Human/Mutant Turtles.. of COURSE they are going to have human features like lips and if you go look at a real turtle.. THEY HAVE NOSTRILS ON THEIR BEAKS!! The new look helps them emote better.. They get angry and sad and happy.. and the new faces showcase that better.. Trust me.. The look of the turtles is the LAST thing you are going to be thinking about while watching this movie.. the action is FANTASTIC AND INTENSE!!! The fight scenes are BEAUTIFULLY choreographed and SUPER BRUTAL!!! The Ninja Turtles are GENUINELY FUNNY and CHARMING!! You will LOVE Michelangelo.. he is legitimately funny and sweet. No corny shit. Donatello is a nerdy introvert.. Leonardo is a tough, respectable leader. And Raphael is a complete BADASS!! Actually.. Thats one of the best things about this movie.. THE NINJA TURTLES ARE COMPLETE BADASSES!! They kick so much ass it's insane!! They are MASSIVE!! They are kicking and throwing cars and shipping containers!! These turtles are no pushovers!!! Their shells reflect bullets!! THESE ARE THE BADASS TURTLES WE NEEDED!!!
Now to my complaints.. Megan Fox as April O'neil.. She isn't terrible.. but she is NOT April O'Neil.. Give me Amy Adams or Christina Hendricks. She didn't need to be in this movie. And Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo.. well.. his voice threw me off at the beginning of the movie.. But it eventually settles in. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be... The rest of the turtles voices were SPOT ON.. and all the other actors were perfect! Will Arnett as Vernon was nice and funny at times.. not as annoying as the Cartoon version.. And Tony Shalhoub as Splinter was ok.. cause Splinter ISN'T japanese in this film.. So no complaints there. He wasn't in the movie much anyway. But on a side note.. Splinter has a DOPE ass fight scene!! Another complaint.. I saw it in 3D.. There is no need to see it in 3D.. There was probably only two or three times when the 3D was even noticeable. So save your money. The beginning sequence was kinda dumb.. wasn't really needed. And the camera moves around the Turtles in a weird way sometimes, probably because some of the sewer scenes are done entirely in CG. My last complaint was that I wish it was LONGER!! I was having such a fun ride that I was kinda disappointed that the final battle with Shredder was already on screen.. I wanted more! There was no Bebop or Rocksteady or Krang.. But from what the creators have said at Comic Con.. Bebop and Rocksteady are gonna be in the sequel.. So GO OUT AND SEE THIS MOVIE!!! Its the best TMNT MOVIE we have!!