'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' keep cool, deliver action and fun
Mutant Ninja Turtle Teenagers? Well, when you say it like that, it sounds kind of stupid. In fact, no matter which decade you are in or when you grew up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just sounds like a dumb idea. It was as if the creator threw darts and just missed out on Octogenarian Alien Samurai Redwoods or Baby GMO Chuck Norris Otters. But that is the beauty of TMNT, it’s not supposed to be serious.
For as much crap as Megan Fox has gotten for her off screen antics and her drop dead gorgeous looks, she has not received enough credit for her acting. After seeing TMNT, I fully expect her to pull a Charlize Theron in Monster or a Nicole Kidman in The Hours just to get people to see past the smoking body and the gorgeous eyes. She did a fantastic job as April O’Neil, and she didn’t have to use her body at all to get there, except for one trampoline scene that looked like it was poking fun at trampoline scenes.
TMNT keeps it light. It recognizes that its premise is dumb, and it doesn’t try to make it anything more than it is. No one takes it too seriously, and no one denigrates it. There are no phoned in performances, and it leads to a pleasant movie going experience.
The characters are differentiated. Each turtle has his own personality. Fox carries the film. There is only one scene that is clearly CGI; the rest is believable enough. There is really only one chase sequence in the film that makes the 3D worth it. It is a pretty good sequence. TMNT will not blow your mind or change your life, but it will save you from boredom without any pretension to trying to do something more.
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