It seems absolutely ludicrous that this film has received all the hate it's gotten. Do people seriously still expect these type of movies to be masterpieces? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows the story of b-grade news reporter, April O'Neil (Megan Fox). When following a lead in a train station one night, she's taken hostage by a villainous group known as the Foot-Clan, led by the Japanese samurai known as Shredder (Tohoru Masamune). April is rescued by a group of talking, mutated, ninja turtles (oh, and they're teenagers, in case you didn't get that memo), whom she then goes on to help save New York from this group of baddies.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles delivers exactly what the title suggests, and it's hard to resist. It's been almost 25 years since the original 1990 Ninja Turtles movie, and even longer since the comics and original TV show, yet these characters haven't lost public interest just yet. it's quite the opposite actually. They're far from loosing public interest. A bit of nostalgia even lays in my heart for the turtles, having watched the TV Show growing up, although I hardly remember it now so I can't really comment on it. This film perfectly capsulated the characters, staying loyal to all the source material they can draw from, and even adding in an entertaining, edgy and intentionally dumb sense of humour. A sense of humour that works.
The turtles, although the casting was a little too old, were always a joy to watch. You can rarely go wrong with these characters, well people who've seen the 1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III may disagree. They're full of energy, spilling with humour and they all stand out as their own character, each with different personality traits. While Michelangelo steals almost every scene, this doesn't stop the other turtles from each having their moments. Towards the end of the film there's even a few touching, brotherly love moments between the turtles. It's really just the human characters that don't work. Megan Fox gives a rare performance in which I don't want to hurtle her off a cliff. Her character isn't the most developed, but it's not bad either. Will Arnett, who plays Vernon Fenwick, occasionally manages to get a laugh or two, but his character is bland and clichéd. The film may follow the story of April, but this film is all about the turtles, so I can forgive it for falling flat with the human aspect.
Shredder and the foot-clan also don't have an awful lot to do. Surprisingly, the main villain in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn't in fact Shredder, despite him being the primary obstacle the turtles are forced to overcome once the final act kicks into action. Shredder and his group of stormtrooper-like soldier take the back seat and watch while pointlessly evil Eric Sacks (William Fichtner) puts together all of their evil schemes. This is one of the worst aspects of the film, aside from a few moments of unnatural dialogue. One of the most iconic villains of all time is simply introduced, tossed aside, then reappears for one last fight in the film's Amazing Spider-Man rip-off of a finale.
To sum up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may have a human story that falls flat and an iconic villain that decides to watch from the back seat, but that doesn't stop this film from being explosive, hilarious and very entertaining.