I will admit, when I heard that another live action version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was being made, I was not particularly excited. What could they bring to the table that the first three live action movies, and better-forgotten television show and specials, had not already covered? I grew up with those movies, and of course the original cartoon, and have been less than impressed with recent iterations of the series. Plus, seeing those first screen shots of the monstrous looking Turtles with lips did not do much to assuage my fears. I do believe in watching any movie at least once, and I had to give this one a try just because of the personal connection to my childhood. It turned out to be a decision I do not regret. The movie is wonderful. Nothing too serious, and it is aware of how skeptical its audience might be, and through that works harder to win us all over. I thoroughly enjoyed it for being a fun romp with strong family values and ties. It tugs the heartstrings, and does my memories proud by throwing in just the right amount of nostalgic references, for the longtime fans.
Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder's diabolical plan.
Jonathan Liebesman, Venida Evans, William Fichtner, Whoopi Goldberg, Tohoru Masamune, Madison Mason, Will Arnett, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Derek Mears, Chris Wylde, Leyna Nguyen, Taran Killam, Megan Fox, Chance Kelly, Paul Fitzgerald, Minae Noji, Abby Elliott, Rick Chambers, Mikal A. Vega, Malina Weissman, Braeson Herold, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec