TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)(2007)
Was the fourteen year wait worth it?...
After the less-than-stellar 1993 film that was "Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles III", the world's favored Heroes in a Half-Shell began to take
a seemingly indefinite leave from pop culture and I for one wondered if
the awesome foursome would ever make a comeback.
Ten years later, a brand new animated series redefined what the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles were and helped everyone begin to see past the
pizza-loving, child friendly characters of the 1980's cartoon, the
live-action "Next Mutation" series and the second and third live-action
movies. It was a step in the right direction and left many fans wanting
Now, in 2007, Peter Laird, Kevin Munroe and the amazingly talented
folks at Imagi Animation Studios deliver what could very well be the
movie that everyone has waited for for so long: A film that presents
the light-hearted aspects of the 1980's cartoon, and the dark and
gritty of the original comics books that started it all, while
introducing a brand new story that moves at a pace that's sure to keep
new viewers enthralled.
The animation on show here, while heavily stylized to emphasize the
film's comic book origins, is absolutely stunning. Something I really
admire about this movie is the voice acting, especially that the team
working on the film went to lengths to portray ethnic authenticity with
characters such as Foot Clan Leader Karai and the Turtles' mentor and
father, Master Splinter.
While the story may not have a whole lot of depth to it, it really
doesn't need to. Hell, this is a movie that deals with humanoid mutant
turtles going around and kicking butt, ninja-style. And thats not a bad
thing in the least. The soundtrack consists of a mix of orchestral
tunes and the seemingly obligatory rock/pop stuff, and thankfully its a
pretty healthy mix as neither one seems to outweigh the other.
All in all, I found TMNT to be a very enjoyable ride and recommend it
to anyone looking for a fun time at the cinemas. In my honest opinion,
the fourteen year wait for this movie was most definitely worth it.
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