Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows online movie review - Oh Shell Yeah! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was a lot better than the last movie, however, it's still has some big jarring flaws.
My man! As a child from the 1990s, I must admit: I have always a place in my heart for the late 1980s/ early 1990s 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' children cartoon TV series & the 1990 film adaptation with the same name.
I even have a place for the original comic book, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. On the other hand, I don't have much room for the 2014's film reboot. I found that movie, to be, really disappointing, even if it was somewhat entertaining. However, I found myself, very surprise, in how well, this sequel turn out. There is no doubt that, 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' is head-and-shell better than its predecessor. Directed by David Green, the sequel has the Turtles: Leonardo (Voiced & Motion Capture by Pete Ploszek), Michelangelo (Voiced & Motion Capture by Noel Fisher), Donatello (Voiced & Motion Capture by Jeremy Howard), and Raphael (Voiced & Motion Capture by Alan Ritchson) joining forces with new character, corrections officer, Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) in stopping returning villain, Shredder (Brian Tee) from bringing new villain, Commander Krang (Voiced by Brad Garrett) from an alternate dimension in order to take over the world. Without spoiling the movie, too much, I have to say, the film does not share the same plot as 2013's video game and 2016's board game, despite having the same title. Another confusing thing, about this film is how most of the events of the last movie are ignored, or omitted from this film, like Eric Sachs (William Fichtner). Another thing, change is the fact that nobody saw the Turtles fight the Shredder, despite them, being very visible seen in the last movie. Are we supposed to believe that most of New York, really didn't see that? Not only that, the end of the first film implied Shredder was going to intentionally mutate himself, but this never happen. Instead, the original actor, playing Shredder, Tohoru Masamune was just recast for no good reason. Anyways, Shredder was never that menacing in this film. He's somewhat of a footnote, here, as most of the action has the turtles fight his mutant henchmen, Bebop (Played & voiced by Gary Anthony Williams) & Rocksteady (Played & voiced by Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly). Despite that, I kinda like how much, screen time, was given to the mutant henchmen. They were one of the highlights of the film, even if they were a bit annoying at times and their film origins doesn't make any sense. Who knew, that human beings, animal ancestors, were rhinos and warthogs? I didn't! I always thought, it was apes. I also don't understand, why the movie would give us, a mutagen subplot, where the Turtles can turn human, if they weren't going to used it. It felt like a tease. Also, I didn't like, how Krang was awkwardly introduce in the film. It felt weird to see, Shredder quickly accept to work with him, despite, knowing little about him. It really comes out of nowhere. Also, what was the point of the missing portal pieces, besides, running the plot run-time? It seem a bit weird that, Krang couldn't teleport his weapon, Technodrome piece by piece, despite having a working teleporter in which he briefly teleports the Shredder to his home dimension. Are we really supposed to believe, that he couldn't get the pieces, himself? Better yet, does he really need those pieces or even Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry)? Also, what were the reasons, in why, he want to conquer Earth? It's never truly explained, like how Donatello's computer was technology compatible with the Technodrome. Another weird thing, is how Donatello is a Mary Sue to everything technology. Are we supposed to believe, he knows, how to do, everything? Why isn't he the leader? Despite that, the Turtles characters are well-voiced and well-act. I like the conflict, they had with each other. The CGI also work for them, better here, than the previous movie. They don't look too ugly, here. It's better than what I can say, about Stephen Amell as Casey Jones. He's an alright actor, but he doesn't look nor act the part. It was bit ugly looking to see, a clean-shaved short blonde hair guy, play a dirty vigilant character that was originally had black long hair, and wasn't a cop. I'm sorry, but I really didn't see the Casey Jones, I love, here. In my opinion, maybe originally actor, Phillip Brooks AKA ex-wrestler, CM Punk would had made a better choice. While, I'm glad, Megan Fox's version of April O'Neil, was cut down, from the original movie. I just wish, she put more effort into her role. She really does seem to phone it in, despite looking sexy as hell. Still, I could had done, without the whole schoolgirl outfit scene, in the beginning. That seem somewhat forced. While, this film isn't directed by producer, Michael Bay; you can see his fingerprints all over this, with the all over the place and unrealistic CGI-full action. Honestly, what was the point of the characters, going to Brazil? It really seem out of place. There were a lot of puzzling questions like that, during the action scenes like how certain characters can survive, airplane crashes, waterfalls, and most of all, explosives. Nothing seem dangerous or real in this film. No sense of death, nor stakes, because of this, I have to question, the direction; this film series is, going. While, it's great the movie is following, close to the cartoon source material. The problem is that it might be, too cartoony. It need to be, a little more mature, than this. Overall: While, it wasn't the best movie, out there, it was still entertaining enough. As such, it may leave some out in the cold, but it makes future films something to look forward to as opposed to something to dread.