BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reviews
By Drax Largo on August 7th, 2014
Critic Reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a reboot that plays as if it were made from a starter kit. Everything comes right out of the 2014 blockbuster catalog.
Attached to this movie, the title no longer sounds zany; it looks like a series of keywords.
There is something half-hearted about the entire film, as if those behind it were involved not because they wanted to make it, not because they should make it, but just because they could.
There’s no lack of craft here, but there’s certainly an absence of character.
Not much of an effort is made to differentiate the personalities of the turtles, who all frankly look as grotesque as a Terry Gilliam cartoon.
Say what you will about the rubber-suited ’90s films, at least they explored the dynamic a little.
A reminder that we should keep our guard up when we suspect creative choices coming from the stockholders’ perspective.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivers a slightly different take on the series… and though it gets some things wrong along the way, it gets just as much right.
Loud, frenetic and exhausting, it’s really too violent for younger children and too dumb for adults who aren’t driven by sheer nostalgia.
It’s nearly impossible to gauge what constitutes a “good” Turtles film, but this one delivers the requisite thrills, visual effects, and humor as well as one can reasonably ask for.