TMNT (2007 – movie review)

I should preface this review by saying I did not watch the 2000s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series – I presume this movie stems out of that series, but I don’t actually know this for a fact, and, in 2014, obviously, there is no way to check… Anyway, let’s dive in to 2007’s TMNT!

Two things got my attention and made me realize I needed to see this movie: the art style and the supporting cast. I love how the visuals have this realistic lighting but still maintain a cartoon-ish style. Everyone kept telling me about the rooftop fight in the rain, and boy, that was undersold, because I still think that’s one of the coolest looking scenes in all of animation. Then, I saw who was providing support for the four turtles: Chris Evans as Casey Jones, Sarah Michelle Gellar as April (What?!? SMG? That’s still hilarious to me – SMG was the last person I expected to be voicing April in this movie.), cult favorite Mako, Kevin Smith in a bit role, Patrick Stewart, Laurence Fishburne and super voice man John DiMaggio round out the supporting cast… that’s an impressive list!

So, they got my attention: what were they going to do with it?

I’ll try not to recap/spoil the entire movie, but I do want to talk about the first act. The movie starts out with its four main characters in an interesting place in their lives. Donatello and Michelangelo are both working jobs, Raphael has assumed the identity of Nightwatcher and works as a solo vigilante while Leonardo is in Central America, training himself to be a better leader. They’ve all drifted apart, and Leonardo’s return to New York serves as a catalyst for the brother’s reintegration into each other’s lives… and then, nothing else truly interesting happens in the rest of the movie. The bad guys are boring – I don’t care about them or their story, or whatever the hell those monster things are (aside from the scene Raphael has with the little guy at the diner) or what they want… I don’t care about any of this nonsense. When The Foot show up, it seems like things are going to get interesting, but we just end up back where we started.

This movie isn’t bad, and it wasn’t exactly made with someone like me in mind, but I do think it’s fair to say that the movie completely falls apart after the first half hour or so. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III might be stupid, but at least they’re not boring. I’m giving 2007’s TMNT A 3.5 out of 10 – it starts strongly but quickly runs out of steam.

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