Before I start this review, keep in mind that the writer of this article grew up watching the 1990’s TMNT cartoons and playing their games on a Game boy (remember those things?). Now that we got that out of the way, let me start by saying this was a giant disappointment. I am not sure about the target audience for this. At first, I thought it was for kids because of the very childish dialogue and the very absurd fight scenes, however, there is a little bit profanity and a lot of scenes that I personally wouldn’t think for kids. Look at Toy Story 3 and Wall-E and how they are kids movies but made adults cry or at least get lost in the movie. This movie lacked emotion and heart, which I believe are the most important things.
A quick summary of the movie is a group of mutated ninja turtles must fight a clan called “The Foot” who wants to cause trouble to the people of New York. This movie stars Megan Fox as April O’Neil, whose acting was very embarrassing to watch and Will Arnett whose character is just in the movie because he wants to get with Megan Fox. April O’Neil is introduced as a very heroic character that fights for the truth but I felt like that idea slowly dissolves throughout the movie.
There are 2 more things that have to be mentioned: the shooting and the editing. There is a handheld shot in the beginning of the movie that is the most shaky shot I have ever seen since The Blair Witch Project. I had to look away from the screen. There are many unnecessary spinning shots in the movie, which makes the audience aware that they are watching a movie. Also, the edits are very rough and the continuity is not smooth at all.
In a nutshell (yep, I did just say that), the horrible dialogue, bad shooting, rough editing and embarrassing performances stopped the audience from feeling any type of nostalgic feeling. There are a few fun scenes but I personally would not recommend this movie.
Overall score: 4/10