Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
After the events of the first film, Shredder (Brian Tee) has been taken into custody and the 4 turtles remain hidden from the city they saved. When Shredder escapes thanks to the help of the Foot clan, he is teleported into a strange world known as Dimension X when he meets Krang (Brad Garrett), a pink brain-like creature hell bent on sending his Technodrone to Earth to destroy the world. Needing to beef up his henchmen, Shredder has Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) create 2 mutants of his own, Bebop and Rocksteady, but the turtles, along with April (Megan Fox) and newcomer Casey Jones (Stephen Ameil), are up for the challenge to save the city once again.
I grew up a huge Ninja Turtles fan and if you read my review of the first movie, you can see I liked it but didn’t love it. I can honestly say that as much flack as this franchise is getting, they are trying to incorporate all fan favor things into this series (something the X-Men movies are trying my patience’s with). Out of the Shadow is more of the same from the first movie so if you didn’t like the style of that movie than this won’t change your mind. This movie is basically the first couple episodes of the 90s animated series turned live action. Bebop and Rocksteady finally make their big screen debut along with Krang and I was pleased with additions. I think this movie is finally the answer for people who want to relate with the cartoon over the comics, as I have been wanting for a long time.
Some of the negatives include Michelangelo still acting too juvenile for my taste. His voice is really annoying! I wanted more Shredder as most of his scenes are of him out of his gear and as more of a side character. I wanted to hear him yell at Bebop and Rocksteady as we have grown accustom to. I also didn’t like the portrayal of Casey Jones. Casey Jones is usually a rebel and someone who wants to do things his way. His portrayal in the 1990 version is perfect and I felt like here he is a push over and lacks energy.
All in all, Out of the Shadows is a better movie than the first as it adds several things fans have been wanting for years! On the other side, it still is the same idea and formula from the first film so that already might turn people away. I can assure you that if you are a fan of the animated series from the 1990s, then you are going to enjoy this movie, and I am looking forward to more from this franchise as I think next time we are going to get to see Baxter the Fly. Co-starring Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Gary Anthony Williams, Stephen Farrelly, Tony Shalhoub and Johnny Knoxville.
8/10 Stars – Still not as crisp as I’d like from the turtles, but with the animated series fan favorites being included, I was pleased with how things shaped up. It felt like I was watching the show again!