4/02/2007

Movie Review: TMNT

Disclaimer: I was a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan growing up in the 90's.

The Turtles get the Batman Begins treatment. Is that a good thing? Well, depends on who you are asking.

TMNT is a gorgeous CG movie that packs a visual wallop but the soul(s) of the franchise-- Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Machaelangelo -- have diverged away from what made it appealing. Gone are the collective goofiness and silliness that made them such a hit.

The writers probably had too much of Grunge juice. Characterizations were too angst-y and too serious to the point that you will actually think the Turtles want to be taken seriously.

Worst of all, the plotting of the story was hard to follow. It was already one-third of the movie before I got sense of what was going on.

Oh, where have my beloved Turtles gone? I don't know. Perhaps they are in the sewers, avoiding the stink of TMNT.

Rating: 2/5

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