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If you were like me growing up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, you probably watched the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. The reason I bring that up is that this new Ninja Turtle movie, subtitled Out of the Shadows, is exactly like the cartoon. Beyond the fact that the film introduces the cartoon staples of Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, it also has all the goofy technology and the same level of corny, yet charming humor. This film felt like a direct adaptation of that animated series.
This, I found, to be a good thing. It seemed that the previous installment wanted to ground the Turtles a bit more (which struck me as defeating the point). Here, the gloves come off and director Dave Green lets loose the crazy of the Ninja Turtles. And it comes off as fun.
One of the things that always seems to be lacking in any of the Ninja Turtles adaptations is the teenage part. They are supposed to be something around 16 or 17, but they never act like it. Here, I really felt that they are teens and reacting to things the way teens would react (for the most part). I really liked seeing that for a change.
And Bebob and Rocksteady are a hoot. Give them a spin-off.
Though I found this movie to be pretty fun, it does suffer from some issues. The human characters (Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and Stephen Amell) are pretty superfluous, and some of the action is incredibly chaotic where you can’t really get a feel of what was happening wear. In addition, some of the plot threads don’t quite come together as well as they probably should.
Overall, though, Out of the Shadows is an entertaining movie, especially if you want to bring kids to see it. It’s probably the strongest Ninja Turtle movie since the 1990 original (which, granted, isn’t saying much). If you loved the cartoon as a kid, chances are you’ll be entertained with this.