Movies Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) written by Robert Reineke August 13, 2014 Inspired by Frank Miller’s DAREDEVIL run, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have been pop culture favorites for close to 30 years. They’re still going strong with $65 million in the bank from a big opening weekend. I’m figuring that some of our readers must have seen it, so here’s an open forum to give your reactions. I didn’t see the movie. The Gentlemen will have to chime in if they did. So, the soapbox is all yours to give your opinion. Pros and cons. Hopes for the sequel and fears for it. I’m curious for what you have to say. Besides, it’s shaping up to be a slow news week. What else are we going to talk about in these dog days of Summer? Open Forum: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (2014) was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Robert Reineke Related Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Robert Reineke previous post Warner Bros. Wants Two Competing Scripts For AQUAMAN next post Groot Wants You Back In Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Clip You may also like JURASSIC WORLD Sequel Set For June 22,... July 23, 2015 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES... June 19, 2014 Michael Keaton is BIRDMAN June 12, 2014 The Fear of Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood:... April 7, 2015 Open Forum: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE February 12, 2015 Nolan Officially Piloting ‘Interstellar’ March 8, 2013 BIRDMAN Soars at Venice Film Festival August 27, 2014 Film Review: BRIDGE OF SPIES Powered By... October 16, 2015 Alan Taylor In Talks To Direct TERMINATOR... September 6, 2013 Film Review: GRAVITY October 3, 2013 Dennis Ramirez I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I can’t comment on its quality (although the mediocre reviews don’t surprise me for some reason). I admit that I had a bit of a negative reaction when I learned that it knocked GOTG out of the top spot for domestic gross. With the reviews and word-of-mouth for Guardians being so good, I guess I figured it would reign at the box office for at least a few weeks. At the risk of sounding snobbish, it kind of irks me when a bad movie outperforms a legitimately good movie. Robert Reineke Has any TMNT movie gotten good reviews? Even the first one got some pretty mediocre reviews back in the day. I understand the sentiment. I’d like BOYHOOD to be performing better than, say, INTO THE STORM, but the number of truly superior blockbusters is always going to be in precious supply. There’s a good chance that GOTG is going to be beaten by EXPENDABLES 3 this weekend. Would that have been any better? GOTG is a clear success though, with a good chance of catching CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER atop the domestic chart for the year. I think we’re spoiled if we’re disappointed with that. Heck, opening over $40 million might have been viewed as a win back in February. Joshua Nathan Strong The movie was enjoyable, but I was hoping for something a little more in line with the original comics in terms of tonality, and I wished that the focus was more on the Turtles. However, I am excited by the sequel. texvor You wished that knowing that Micheal Bay was involved in this movie? Have you not seen Bay’s Transformers atrocities? Compared to the original cartoon(and i’m talking TF season 1) the original cartoon is Shakesphere to the rubbish of bay’s nonsense which is like a bad term paper from someone who couldn’t be bothered to read Hamlet and just wrote the gist of the story without understanding the actual story being told. As for TMNT. I thought it was good. Shredder was exactly how the Silver Samurai should have been done in The Wolverine. Sory but it must be said as that was another character wasted by featuring in the play safe Fox version of an R rated Marvel character..like Deadpool. This new TMNT film for being an introductoin peice was quite good..the story tied well for the new origins of the characters..the motivations of the villians was under developed and some cases didn’t make sense..the ninja background of the turtles was weak compared to the originals but overall it was good for what it was..i wasn’t expecting much but got a bit more from what i was expecting. I also loved the references to other comic books as well as the dig to Usagi Yojimbo in the film and the scene between Whoopi Goldberg and Meagan Fox in which she is trying to explain to her boss on what she saw was amusing as well. Overall a good film that knows its market …nothing too deep or too shallow…kids of today will probably like this a lot. Michael Lalaian I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s interesting to me that between Ninja Turtles, Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy, this is the summer of the talking CGI animals. OB I doubt we, The Comic Book Republic as I often refer us, shall ever see a film fully reflecting the amazing thing that is the original Mirage run on turtles. It was first comic book, the greatest thing I had ever seen. The gore, the story, the emotion was all so real even though the premise of teen reptiles slashing and flipping their way through midtown Manhattan was ridiculous. The first 11 issues are comic gold and the “Return to New York” and “City at War” arcs are some of the best writing/art in all of media. Anyway… I digress. The movie was not the weakest of the five TMNT motion pictures we have. I would say it is right in the middle as the third of the five. The first two being one and two and the Imagi film and the horror that is “Turtles in Time” being four and five. The pros of the film were the action sequences, which I never doubted would be bad knowing that Michael Bay was producing. Splinter kicked real ass. And the teamwork between the turtles was pretty awesome. Shredder’s fighting style, though not his classic Ninjutsu, was pretty bad ass. And the chase/snow scenes were pretty sweet. I also have to tout the casting even though most people hated Megan Fox as April. I feel she is a great April, and casting “mostly” no-namers in the title roles (in my opinion) is always the best way to go when breaking new ground. The guys seemed to get the New York accent real well (I’m from NY) especially Alan Ritchson’s portrayal of Raph (who is my favorite). I will also say that the mixing of origins from the current IDW comic series, ’87 cartoon and original Mirage run seemed to blend well. I wasn’t overly fond of the turtles being pets that learned their training from Splinter who had to teach himself martial arts, but I won’t over-criticize. I’m glad they left it open-ended and sequel possible and finally, I think the overall tone of the film wasn’t too “Nickelodeoney”, which was one of my biggest fears. Now, my problems with the film… 1. The look of the turtles. Okay, I kept an open mind when I saw them in their spoiled photos and set shots. But, after seeing the film, I realize, they are just too big. The faces don’t bother me as much they did some, but their overall size when compared to the average human was a little much. They have ALWAYS been around 5ft-5’5″ tall, so it was a little hard to get used to. 2. Shredder. Big problem with the whole “Cyborg Ninja” thing. Too much hardware, but what the hell do you expect with the director of transformers, I guess? Still, the whole mystique of Shredder is that he can kick the asses of four mutant turtles WITHOUT being a walking swiss army knife. 3. To short. I realize kids movies are generally shorter, but I was born in 1984, the same year the turtles were born, so on average, a TMNT-going audience is 30ish, I think we can handle a 2-hour film about our favorite green teens. I have some small other issues; little character development (which I guess I can assume they did little of based on the fact that most people know who is who by now and didn’t wanna waste the screen time on it) and I also thought the relationship between Michelangelo and April was lame, I (and maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for him) always felt Raph and April had that special something. Also, the whole Leo-Raph fighting was muted and always liked that dynamic. Plus, did they even say Karai’s name in the whole movie!?!?! Are we to ASSUME this is who she is??? No character development on Karai at all, or Shredder at all… Who up until I saw the film WAS Eric Sacks (or should I say Eric “Sachs”) Why they changed the spelling of the name, I have no idea? All in all, I would give it 2 3/4 stars based on a well-rounded kids action movie. I hope the sequel is better, meaning they add some character depth, possibly simplify the turtles look a bit, introduce Casey Jones (and not some 17-year old Justin Bieber wearing a hockey mask), hopefully also they work out the origin story to bring it closer to their roots and bring back Shredder (sans cyborg armor) while explaining more about the experiments and introducing Baxter Stockman and maybe Krang??? Hoping for a lot here, but fingers and toes crossed All twelve 😉 Cowabunga dudes. Kyle Conroy I have see it, and furthermore, i was excited for anyone (including Michael Bay) to bring TMNT back. However, i was not blindly excited for it. i could see the potential pitfalls from the trailers, posters, early spy pics, casting choices, shredder (so many sharp edges) and etc. But still i was excited for it because these characters are so much fun. they’re immature, mutated turtles who learned ninjutsu from a rat in the sewer. that’s a ride i’d like to go on. also, that should level set your expectations right there. this franchise will not be, nor should we ever expect it to be the The Dark Knight. Fighting turtles is a great example of true escapism. This movie was a lot of fun. When the turtles were on screen, i got what i paid for. the clash of personalities, the sense of family, team work, fight scenes and the jokes were fun to see play out. the elevator scene was perfect. i’m sad to see that clip made it’s way online before the movie came out (which i avoided prior to seeing the film). watching that scene in the entire movie’s context was awesome. that’s why you go see a TMNT film; right there! the turtles were written well enough and equal enough for a fan of an individual turtle got something new and cool out of it. “Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines!” i’m happy to see more of them in 2016. I’m excited for the sequel! and my No.1 reason why is that we don’t need April (or any other human) as a gateway anymore to the turtles. now that they have been discovered, we can move on and just focus on the entire TMNT2 story. which hopefully mean more screen time for the turtles. more of those clashes in personalities. more opportunities for good writing. i know CGI is expensive, but i still hope. I found April to be a huge complaint about the film online, like r/TMNT. They hated this movie, and a lot because of that character. My response to that is, she’s the audience’s gateway for this story. granted maybe we could have done without a gateway character, but hey, it’s what we have to live with. get over it. Even if this movie would have bombed, i would have still been happy it was made. every franchise that lasts this long needs a “Batman and Robin.” that way the studio knows where not to take the franchise again. and once you have a few “Wrong Way” signs, you’ll eventually find a great direction for the characters to win back those fans. but again, this movie defiantly had some “wins” in it. I’m very surprised MMM chose not to cover TMNT to be honest. They can spend six hours on GotG, which is a lesser known comic book than TMNT, by a long shot. Granted, GotG was a better film than TMNT, but TMNT has a much richer history and (before GotG came out) a larger fan base. TMNT has the same pop culture origin as Batman, Superman, Cap. America, and GotG… comic book, movie, franchise. but whatever, it didn’t take away any enjoyment i got from the new TMNT movie and i’m sure MMM Gents have other plates spinning. if they don’t have time for it, then they don’t cover it. Robert Reineke I know Sean has talked about a catch up show, with TMNT being one of the potential topics. I think it’s more just time constraints than anything on why TMNT hasn’t been covered in depth, although I did post the trailer when it came out. In any event, these open forums are for soliciting feedback and we do read them. There’s a reason that TMNT got an open forum. And, judging from the interest in the film via box office and this topic, I’ll make sure that TMNT 2 gets more coverage. texvor I feel its because not many expected the film to be good or watchable let alone the film showing a good box office performance two weeks in a row. I wasn’t expecting much from the film but was pleasantly surprised by it. So far the successful genre films this summer have been successful because they play to the traditional strengths of that studio. Dawn of the Planet of the apes plays up to Fox’s strength of producing deep and unique sci fi films(alien,Predator, original POTA films) GOTG plays up to Marvel’s strengths of a studio and Turtles plays to its strengths. They’re being what people expected them to be and more. I doubt that Fox will realize that though but that’s where they usually hit big when they produce those type of films rather than aping what everyone else is doing..