TMNT Review

I just got back from seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I liked it. I liked it a lot. But there are some things I didn’t agree with.

1. Let’s start with the origin story. I was okay with some of the changes to their origin, but I miss where Splinter learned martial arts. In the original stories, Splinter learned it from his owner,¬†Hamato Yoshi. He practiced his martial arts as Splinter watched him from his cage. I mean, I feel they could’ve worked that somewhere in the movie.

2. I didn’t really like the Eric Sacks character, I feel if we needed a corporate business bad guy, they could’ve used Dr. Baxter Stockman. Not that we need the Mouser Robots, but still, they could’ve still used the character.

3. Karai, Shredder’s adopted daughter. I’ve always been fascinated by the character in the cartoons. I feel in this movie she should’ve been much younger. Like Jamie Chung younger.

4. This is my biggest problem I had. The Foot Clan. My picture of the Foot Clan are skilled, badass, ninja soldiers, all trained by Shredder. In this movie, they looked like common thugs.

But I digress. I still liked the movie. Some would probably feel that Shredder’s robot suit was over-the-top unnecessary. The way I see it, it gives Shredder an advantage against four superhuman, mutant turtles with martial arts training.

I mean, it was better then the rumors I heard. I once heard that Eric Sacks was gonna be the Shredder and was gonna be an alien. I am aware of the original storyline involving the Turtles being aliens, but that was changed along time ago. It seemed possible for him to be the Shredder since his name was an homage to the Shredder’s real name,¬†Oroku Saki.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot: Low Expectations (SPOILERS)

I just wanted to talk about the the new TMNT movie produced by Michael Bay. I have very low hopes for the movie due to the research I’ve read, if this research is correct

1st of all, I don’t know if I like Megan Fox as April O’Neil. Not that I have a problem with Megan Fox, I don’t mind her, I just don’t think she’d make a good April. I had heard that Jane Levy (Evil Dead) was considered, I could see her as April.

2nd, the CG doesn’t really look right to me, the Turtles look a little weird.

3rd, this is my main problem, they’re messing up the Shredder. I liked Shredder being Asian Oroku Saki who established the Foot Clan, who was the one who killed Splinter’s master and beginning their rivalry. There was just something about the confrontation between Splinter and Shredder at the end of the original movie that I really liked. “Now I will finish as I began with your ear!!!” “Death comes for us all Saki, but when you die, it will be………….without honor.”

 

 

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But in this, it’s totally different. In this, Shredder isn’t Asian, he’s played by William Fichtner, and the worst part that I really hate. That Shredder is……….an alien in a human robot suit. Based on the TMNT 2003 cartoon series. Please! I don’t know if this is true, I hope not, but it probably is.

 

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The point is, I really want to love this, a lot, because I love the Ninja Turtles and haven’t seen a good live-action movie in a long time. But I don’t see me liking this, I may, because I like a lot of movies that people don’t like. But I don’t have high hopes for this, and I’m sad for that. Now I know how people felt about Michael Bay butchering Transformers, because I never saw the original Transformers cartoon, so I wouldn’t know if he butchered. Don’t judge me.