Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)



Since the mention of this movie, fans of TMNT have been up in arms. First, it was that Michael Bay was involved. Then it was the fact that Bay and co. wanted to name the movie “Ninja Turtles” instead of the full name. And then there was rage because the source of the turtles mutation was going to be alien. Not a scene was shown and people were outraged.
Well, I’m here to give you a few facts. First, no matter what people say, Michael Bay has had some good films and he gets people to the theaters, even if people bitch about his work. Secondly, fans had their voices heard and got the full title of the movie. And finally, the story was fine. Whether alien or human made, the cause of the turtles mutation is a minor detail.
Oh yeah, and the movie was actually very good. The story was solid, the action was exciting, and the humor is exactly what you would expect from a TMNT film. Megan Fox, despite popular opinion on her, was good in the role of April O’Neal. Will Arnett was great as Vernon Fenwick. And William Fichtner does what he does best as the evil, power-hungry Eric Sachs.

The movie starts with Shredder and the foot clan well in control of the city. TV reporter April O’Neal is trying to get a good story on the crime spree when she notices a group of vigilantes taking out some foot soldiers. After discovering that these vigilantes are turtles, she looks back to her past for explanations. With a better knowledge of who these turtles are, she joins them to stop Sachs and Shredder from destroying their city.
Whether you like Bay or not, this TMNT movie is worth the time. I think it was unfairly compared to the original film and it should not be. People around my age will always hold a special place in our hearts for the original but these are different times. We were children when the first movie came out and rewatching it brings back feelings that can’t be replicated. But for its own, this movie is very well done. I think it will give kids today the same feelings the original did for us when we were younger. I know my son enjoyed watching it with me. Will it ever replace the 1990’s film? No. But it doesn’t need to. It just needs to entertain. And it does.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.