Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie – 4 Things to Expect From the Latest Reboot
Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo.
For most, these names are reminiscent of renowned Renaissance artists, but for kids born in the early 90’s, they are the… Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
These reptilian vigilantes are back on the big screen once again for this year’s TMNT reboot blockbuster and here are the some of the things you can expect from the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. This article contains spoilers. Reader, be warned.
4 Things to Expect From the Latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie
4. Revamped Appearances and Upgraded Costumes
In this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, each main character has a new and improved look. The turtles actually look more like what the ninja turtles would look like in real life – with scavenged sewer couture armor and rugged appearances.
Shredder wears mechanical armor that can actually shred things to pieces. His armor faintly resembles Drift the autobot from the Transformers mega franchise.
Splinter looks a bit the same, but he looks more sensei-y and for lack of a better word, ratty. (Given that they live in the sewers of New York, though, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.)
3. Characters Get New Backstories
Shredder is actually shredding things. April O’Neil has a much deeper connection to the story and to the turtles’ history. Plus, this intrepid reporter is no damsel in distress, kicking ass every so often in the film without the need to constantly be saved.
The original stork story of toxic waste being spilled on the ninja turtles is scrapped. In the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Splinter and the turtles are used as lab experiments that eventually mutated into what they are.
2. Master Splinter Fights Back
The father and master of our quad of crime-fighting turtles is often portrayed exuding an aura of peace and non-violence. For this film, though, Master Splinter goes head-to-tail (pun intended) with Shredder in Yoda-esque fashion.
1. More Adrenaline, Pumped Up Action, Impressive Effects
The beginning scenes of the movie provide a lot of mystery about our masked vigilantes. The direction and action lend pizzazz to the action sequences where all we can see and hear at the start are the whooshes and huzzahs of lightning fast moves and lethal weapons.
There is more to the action scenes than typical bangs-and-booms. The martial arts and weapon fights choreography is downright edge-of-your-seat entertaining: fast-paced and powerful at first, and then easing into slow motion where it matters. Slow-mo scenes and some tearjerker moments provide much-needed drama in every good action movie, promptly followed by wisecracks and a funny line or two and that’s what this movie provides.
Overall, the TMNT movie is not as existentialist nor as erudite as other superhero films where heroes struggle with their identities and purpose. For the turtles, they’ve come out of their shell (but still lurk in the sewers). The TMNT movie is entertaining for kids and adults; fun, action-packed, and caters to both new and old fans alike, 90s kids or not.
This special blocked screening at Greenhills Promenade’s new Atmos Theatre was made possible by Krispy Kreme PH.
Donuts in the shape and form of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were given away along with Pepsi Max, movie pins and some stickers.
More movies await you for the rest of 2014. Read more about them here: 2014 Movies List: Big Star-Powered Films to Look Forward to