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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (2014) review

Movies & TV 15 Oct 2014
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I was a little scared when I found out that Hollywood had pull out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one of my childhood favourite cartoon & comic, to make it into a movie. At that moment I thought to myself, please let it not be another sales driven flop that ruins a flawless classic. What do you expect from a movie that takes one of the cartoons you and your brothers would head out the house after watching and excited argue which of the 4 heroes you were based one the colours they wore, weapons they wielded and character mannerisms. Teenage mutant ninja turtles was the cartoon that made pizza cool years before it even hit the shores of Africa.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: movie poster

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: movie poster

So I made my way to the movie house on release date and to my pleasure I managed to find a decent story line. More so one that took great detail in maintaining the integrity of the one in the cartoon. The plot in the story line didn’t just die there but continued progress along quite well. I had nothing to fault here, maybe partly because I didn’t know what to expect apart from comparing it to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon that watch most of my childhood. Even agains that, I was content.

Engagement: Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles

Maybe because of the decent story line acting as the backbone, the movie was quite engaging. The director and crew really did a good job here to grab and keep my attention as I definitely had little time to be self aware of how bored or long this movie was going for. This I say because some movies with great storylines can still have that moment where you disconnect for a second before your attention is grabbed again re-immersing you into this virtual world.


My only complaint was the ninja turtles, no master Splinter, weren’t quite drawn and modelled in a manner that had the most eye candy. I can tell they were going for the under sewer, dirty and dark cause it’s night look but somehow I wanted them a lot glossier for the big screen. I will admit that is just personal preference.

“Sony really stole the show here with mobile phones and more shamelessly & quite legibly splashing their logo every now and then.”

While I was watching a movie, I was amazed that film makers had made such a bold decision to have in movie product advertising placement. Sony really stole the show here with mobile phones and more shamelessly & quite legibly splashing their logo every now and then. I am not sure if it is because they had a hand in making the movie or whether they paid top dollar for that exposure but I am sure it didn’t make me want to rush out a buy one of their devices. Good brand awareness nonetheless.

As for the actual movie, I didn’t leave the cinema with this ‘oh my word have just seen the Avengers and we are going to be talking about it for weeks.’ There were no bad guy quotes posted as Facebook status or deep sayings. Just exiting the cinema with satisfaction from a good night out and a ticket not wasted.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The film makers definitely made this movie in a manner that let you know that a sequel was definitely coming. It’s felt like chunk out of a trilogy, minimum. If they re-animate the turtles to almost be as glossy as Shredder in the sequel, I won’t be mad at all. The movie is a not brainer for watching on disk or on demand streaming at home. The film makers have definitely repurposed a good brand for the big screen correctly here. If they govern it’s integrity the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, old & new, will reward them handsomely.

About the author


A digital enthusiast at heart with a particular vice for the web. Tawanda graduated with an I.T. degree specialising in Multimedia technologies at Deakin University where he rebuilt the foundations of his digital passions. Tawanda has since worked 3 years in the retail industry on different levels of hierarchy in a nationwide, home & hardware organisation, where he picked up the love to explain and promote products. Currently he works full time as a Digital Coordinator in the education sector with more than 3 years experience. Visit Tawanda's website.

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