Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

The 428th film I have seen in theaters…

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A step in the right direction

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The evil Shredder breaks out of prison and is enlisted by interdimensional warlord Krang to collect pieces to an alien machine which will open a portal to Earth, allowing Krang to conquer. The Turtles join with Casey Jones to stop the threat!

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Megan Fox continues to be the worst element of these films. She is not April O’Neil. Time for a recast.

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The Turtle design is growing on me. Their characterizations are on the money, which goes a long way.

Stephen Amell makes his debut as Casey Jones, the hockey playing vigilante. He definitely played this “happier” than his Green Arrow. A mistake in my opinion.

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Will Arnett returns as comedic relief “The Falcon”. He is a welcome addition to any project. The man is hilarious.

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Shredder thankfully appears as Shredder in this one. While mostly unmasked, his final suit is far closer to what we expect than the robot machine suit crap of the first.

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Tony Shaloub is our Splinter. The voice is fine, but I will always prefer this version. Note- Vanilla Ice music does play in the film, and “Go ninja, go ninja GO!” is part of the theme music at the end. Awesome.

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Tyler Perry, not appearing in drag for once, stars as Evil Neil Degrasse Tyson. No, seriously. This is the extra geeky evil version of Tyson.

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Laura Linney plays the Police Chief who learns to trust the Turtles. Ok…now its time for the 3 best characters in this thing…

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Yes, we get Gary Anthony Williams as Bebop, and WWE’s Shaemus as Rocksteady! They stole the damn show. Seeing these two on screen was a major selling point for me, and I was not disappointed.

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We get Brad Garrett as the voice of Krang. YES! KRANG! When I realized that this was a Krang movie, with the robot suit and Technodrome… yes. I said Technodrome.

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I realized that this was going to be a special movie. It was completely faithful to the original cartoon in it’s use of these characters. Seeing it on screen in live action was amazing.

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A better film than it should have been. Miles ahead of the first film, but still being dragged down by Megan Fox. She needs to go for this to flourish.

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