I would have loved to have watched an awesome new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie this week, but, unfortunately, that didn't happen. I went into Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hoping that it would be better than the disaster I was expecting. The movie could and should have been so much more enjoyable. I don't understand what's so hard about developing a solid story and script for a movie like this. Why can't these supposedly "talented" people get it right? People actually got paid lots of money to make this movie, and the studio threw hundreds of millions of dollars into it, and this is what they deliver to audiences? It makes me sad.
Yes, it had some entertaining, action-packed scenes in the film, and the special effects were fantastic. But what's the point if the story is crap? All they tried to do was give audiences eye candy. The original 1990 movie had terrible special effects, but you know what? It had a solid story, a decent script, great character development, and charm. This new Ninja Turtles movie had none of that. The plot of the film is simple and it follows the Ninja Turtles as they try to stop Shredder and his Foot Clan from poisoning New York City so they can take it over. It's actually very similar to the plot of the first Amazing Spider-Man movie when the Lizard wanted to poison New York City and Spider-Man had to stop him.
There was no soul behind these terribly redesigned characters, and Megan Fox is just the worst. I couldn't stand it whenever she was on the screen. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard. There are a hundred other actresses out there that could have played the role of April O'Neil better. As for the turtles, there was nothing about them that I liked. They were just annoying, and I hate that this movie made me feel this way. As for the villain Shredder, I honestly don't know what to say about him because he was so uninteresting in every way. The only character I actually liked was the one played by Will Arnett, who played O'Neil's cameraman and provided some comic relief.
What drives me even more crazy about this whole thing is that it's still going to make a ton of money. It doesn't matter what I say about it, a lot of you are still going to see it because you're curious. It's just one of those movies. I'm not judging, because I would do the same thing. Because of that though, I'm sure we are going to see some sequels in the near future. The question is, regardless of how bad this first movie is, will people turn out in droves to watch the sequel? Probably, the Transformers franchise is proof of that.
If you can enjoy the movie for what it is, you are a stronger person than myself. I always try to find the good things in films and enjoy what it has to offer. But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just bugged the hell out of me. Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman ruined a franchise that I loved, and they didn't have to. They could have made an incredible movie, but they didn't.
My two little girls absolutely loved the flick though. They were entertained from beginning to end, and all they wanted to do was eat pizza after it was over. So there is an audience out for this movie that are going to enjoy it... because they don't know any better.