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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 (movie review)

The first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was gritty, funny and interesting. It had a realistic tone that the film makers blended well with the action, adventure, tragedy and comedy. When they moved on to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, they went for a much campier, cartoony feel where the Turtles rarely (if ever) draw their weapons. Here in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, we get something of a mix of the two.

A quick note on the title: the movie was released as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, but everyone began calling it Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Turtles in Time, most likely because of the fantastic (yet unrelated) video game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. It’s just a beat ’em up, but it may be the best co-op beat ’em up of it’s generation.

Anyway, this movie is dated. It includes jokes referencing The Adams Family, Wayne’s World, Quantum Leap… this movie was released in 1993, and it shows. These jokes probably didn’t play well at the time (I just got around to watching the flick yesterday), and they’re certainly not working today.

There’s nothing spectacular or memorable about this movie… well, except that Corey Feldman is reprising his voice over role as Donatello. That’s just kinda weird. My complaints include lackluster action, not especially interesting characters and Splinter… I dunno, is Splinter a puppet? He looks really bad. The movie lacks interest, but it moves along at a decent pace and it’s only around 90 minutes long, so it’s not exactly water torture.

It’s fair to call Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 a bad movie, but it’s certainly not Transformers bad. I give it a 5 out of 10. There’s no rewatchability here, but the movie is structurally sound for the most part.

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About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on May 2, 2014, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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