FW MOVIE PICK: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Alan Ritchson, and Pete Ploszek in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)

After the many complaints about the previous Michael Bay produced film (whether its the CGI designs of the titular characters or a lot of other creative decisions) this sequel is meant to be a soft reboot and love letter to the fans such as giving them fan-favorite characters like Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, Baxter Stockman and of coarse Casey Jones. However the results aren’t what you were expecting! The turtles face a new challenge when Shredder escapes from custody and joins forces with Baxter Stockman, a mad scientist who plans to use a serum to take over the world. Along for the ride are Bebop and Rocksteady, two dimwitted henchmen who provide plenty of muscle. Luckily, the turtles have their own allies in April O’Neil, Vernon Fenwick and Casey Jones, a hockey-masked vigilante. As the pizza-loving heroes prepare for battle, the notorious Krang also emerges to pose an even greater threat. The film stars Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Brian Tee, Brittany Ishibashi and Tyler Perry and featuring the voices of Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Tony Shalhoub, Gary Anthony Williams, Sheamus, and Brad Garrett. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool but rude and Michelangelo is a party dude. Megan Fox is more robotic this time (wow she sure can’t catch a break when it comes to franchises) and will clearly not get a third time to shine (just like in Transformers; which they annoyingly reference). And because this movie is Michael Bay produced; she’s used for fan service such as a scene where she poses as a sexy school girl. Arrow star Stephen Amell is seriously miscast as Casey Jones as he doesn’t even look like the character, being a prison guard and only uses his trademark hockey stick and mask once in the film. Brian Tee makes for a decent The Shredder but he literally has nothing to do and gets sidelined in the final battle, plus what happened to his scars?, however I did enjoy his interactions with Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady. Thankfully the Foot Clan went back to being an international ninja cult, which I appreciated big time. Brittany Ishibashi’s Karai gets to do more this time around is last seen in a fight with April, which ends with April knocking Karai out. Krang is not as awesome as you think considering his exposition dialogue; and Bebop and Rocksteady come across as annoying like the Twins from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”; and Baxter Stockman is just there. Overall the Turtles provides plenty fan service, but at the end of the day it just wasn’t enough!

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