ByClint Daniels, writer at
Just a geeky movie buff
Clint Daniels

OK, Here is a movie almost 25 years in the making. this remake has been put off, and put off, and then written off then put off again.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990

Above, you'll see a picture from the 1990 version of TMNT. The one most of us grew up with. Actual costumes with animatronic faces. One body inside the costume and one person off set controlling the face as they spoke. This is the first movie i actually remember seeing in theaters. It was the epitome of awesome for a 7 year old boy. A movie that spawned 2 sequels, one in 1991, subtitled The Secret of the Ooze. and then a 3rd direct to video sequel in 1993, which for a 10 year old boy, was still awesome. But comparing something like this to today's remake, is like comparing apples to oranges. So much changed in 25 years. We have CGI now. we don't need costumes with animatronic faces.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2007
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2007

Fast forward 14 years to 2007, we get an attempt at a reboot that flopped. It was cute for what it was, it had great one-liners. WIth a great cast that included Patrick Stewart, Lawrence Fishbourne and even a cameo from Kevin Smith. But it wasn't ninja turtles enough, the story line seemed like something that would fit in a Saturday morning cartoon, but failed to capture the TMNT that we all loved.

Jump ahead to present day, and with today's technology, everyone wants CGI and awesome special effects, which is something someone in a very cumbersome costume can't really create. so when seeing this movie, keep an open mind, because i didn't.

I went into the theater with a very skeptical frame of mind with the whole debacle that was the original story line that was supposed to be the TMNT reboot. Something about trying to make the Turtles from outer space and instead of it being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was only going to be Ninja Turtles. But the Fan base cried out loud and said NO, if it is made as such, we will not see it on principle. So yet again it was put off. It being produced by Michael Bay also had me skeptical, as most of the movies with his name on it, have a habit of blowing up a bunch of stuff.

Megan Fox
Megan Fox

The beautiful Megan Fox does a wonderful job as reporter April O'Neil. Who somehow gets herself into trouble and the turtles have to save her.

They paid homage to the original 1990's movie in several scenes, which i will not tell you about because i don't want to spoil ANYTHING. They waste no time getting to the action. This movie will have you rolling out of your seat laughing so hard. It was well worth the way and i sure hope there is a sequel planned.

Though there were some changes, which is to be expected in a remake, it was nothing major, like making the turtles from space instead of mutants.

I can tell you, there is no after credits scene. The soundtrack will have you tapping your toes. I am definitely going to see this at least one more, if not two more times in theater. It's well worth it. About the only thing i wish they'd done is a little more character development on the Shredder. From me, this movie gets a 9 out of 10.


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