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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Movie Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – Movie Review


Don’t worry, this little read is spoiler free.

So, after watching the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ I’m left with a pretty luke warm about the movie overall. The film did have quite a few fun scenes in it and I can’ deny how awesome the turtles looked, but ultimately I felt that movie was just a sequence of standalone events occurring one after another. It’s safe to say that first movie of this new series didn’t have the turtles on screen for as long as we’d hoped and thankfully that’s something they fixed in this instalment. However, the overall story and pacing of the first movie was superior in my opinion; It felt like there was very little down time in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ which made it difficult for me as an audience member to digest everything that was going on.

Without giving too much away I must say that I was slightly disappointed in handling of Krang, especially his introduction. From a graphical stand point, yeah, he looked pretty fantastic, but as a character, he was sorely lacking any real motive. What bothered me most was his sudden appearance, the way he communicated with Shredder was as if they’d already had history which was confusing.  The swift introduction of Krang and his relationship with Shredder could have been much improved.

The most engaging part of this movie in my opinion was the side story revolving around the turtles wanting to become human. It was those heartfelt and touching scenes in the movie that really silenced the audience; through this side plot we were able to see that despite the power and charms of the turtles, they were quite vulnerable.

Children will undoubtedly have a great time watching this movie as they probably won’t be paying much attention to actual the story. That said, I feel that the issues I had with the movie and its pacing could have been fixed if just a little more time was taken to shape the motivations, introductions and relationships of the films main villain.

If you’re a fan of the previous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie you’ll probably enjoy this one too. It’s definitely a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family and you’re sure to have a few giggles here and there.




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