Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starts out with a comic style opening credits sequence. It shows the Turtles’ basic origin, with them growing up, being trained by Master Splinter (the rat), which leads up to their newest (Turtles on steroids) look. Yes they're bigger than your average Teenage Turtle. BUT, and some have complained about the new look, they work well in a big budget Michael Bay produced action flick.
There seems to have been a slight change to the original story.
Instead of being an accident that created them out of pet turtles, it was careful experimentation being conducted on the Turtles (and Splinter The Rat). And they're former pets to April O'Neil (Megan Fox).
I brought my daughter Cayley and her friend Drew to the Premiere so it was exciting to have Megan and Will Arnett (the two leads) introduce the film.
Drew, who is 11 like my kid, said he was impressed with the CGI and the fight sequences. Which were good. Cayley, who gives everything a 4 gave this a 3.5 and said, "Lacked the element of surprise!" She's getting better at reviewing. I took that into account and did a little research and found that Paramount was supposed to make this in 2012 but put it on the shelf because of script problems.
Story's okay. It's what you would expect for the "Turtles" franchise.
If we distill it down, like "Guardian's Of The Galaxy," it's about working together to win and family.
Look, you can't go wrong with this one for a family day out with the kids and the adults will like to look at Megan Fox. This one will give us a new series of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," movies for a long time. 3-D is worth the money. Fight sequences are great. Megan Fox is still Megan Fox of the "Transformers" franchise.
3 stars for family fun. 2.5 if you expect a serious movie and don't give in to "Turtle Power!"
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