Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Review

Caught an advanced 3D screening of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on 6th Aug, thanks to UIP Singapore. Hardcore fans of the turtles may want to stay away from this movie. Kids on the other hand may enjoy this.

The plot and the general proceedings of the movie just feel like the usual standard fare that we have already seen a bazillion times over and you will already know how everything will pan out. The personalities of the turtles seem to be the one and only big plus point for this movie (even though their faces have been altered to look like something that is stuck in the unholy depths of the uncanny valley, so it was a good thing they kept their erm..."masks" on almost the entire time.) The set piece action sequences look kinda good. Not sure what they were thinking when they redesigned shredder. Sure he looks all big and menacing, but he just felt like some type of robot abandoned from the Transformers movies and someone decided it would be a good idea to chuck that design into this movie. Shredder unfortunately ends up feeling like just another one of those generic villains who spout cryptic one-liners and growl at the camera.

Speaking of one-liners, when you start to hear the turtles (or one turtle in particular) start spouting sexually suggestive lines which borderline on being just plain perverted, ...yup, right there in the childhood. -_- The attempts at humour come off as being one of those moments where you know you're supposed to laugh, but somehow you just don't feel like laughing.

This movie could have ended up being a whole lot worse, but it's just stuck halfway between "Oh no!" and "It won't be bad if we don't start analyzing it too much after watching it."

Verdict: 2/5

On the plus side, I did manage to get to go to GV Max for the first time ever and experience Dolby Atmos (which was pretty sweet, even though it ended up being having to go through 2 hours of this movie.)

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