I didn’t go see the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when it came out a few years ago and there’s a great chance I won’t go see this movie. I pay for Netflix, which the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie is available on, and I still won’t set aside 2 hours to watch what I know will disappoint me. I understand that the turtle movies of my day were probably just as bad and only became worst as the sequel progressed. The cartoons have been pretty consistent with good voice acting and a laundry list of characters that can be made into a variety of toys. The first movie made me feel bad for kids who had not seen the original that came out when I was a child, and the inclusion of Sheamus as Rocksteady in the new movie isn’t making me change my point of view.
In my opinion the only good thing about this movie is Stephen Amell, who is playing Casey Jones. I know he doesn’t have the exact look and his hair is short because he still has to be in Arrow, but at least he’s in shape and can perform the moves. This is a movie aimed at young kids, but since when did you kids understand sex appeal like when Megan Fox shortens her shirt. I watched the trailer twice and I couldn’t hear any lines from Sheamus, which could possibly mean that his voice is too shrill to use as a tool to grab audiences. I don’t recognize who plays Bebop and that’s fine, because I have no energy to feel a certain way about his portrayal of the character.
For someone who hasn’t seen, and probably will never see, the first movie the title Out of the Shadows probably means that either they will make their presence known more or the footclan will be shown more. The trailer looks like it took all the fun parts of the first Avengers movie and ever some Captain America influence. Whatever spaceships are coming from possibly Dimension X, are very reminiscent of the Chitauri. About a minute into the trailer one of the turtles state that they are 4 brothers who aren’t a fan of bullies, much like Steve Rogers said prior to becoming Captain America. I know that they didn’t mean to intentially use those lines and scenes to compare to the Avengers, but I do think it was said and put in the trailer to get a sympathy ticket from parents. In a movie full of violence and misused sexuality, a simple anti-bullying message is just what it’ll take for parents to forget all the other stuff going on in the movie.