Movie Review: TMNT

 

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The Ninja Turtles have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I grew up loving these green mutants and wishing I was April O’Neil because she was best friends with the turtles. So, when I heard that someone was revamping the movie I was a little ticked and dubious.

I have been bashing the movie since the moment I heard about it.  I bashed it even more when I saw the face of the new turtles.

The 90's version. There was nothing wrong with them!

The 90’s version. There was nothing wrong with them!

Then I decided I was going to see the movie just to make fun of the new turtles.  I was going to talk about how horrible they looked and how bad the movie was.  I was going to give Michael Bay and ear full for messing with my childhood.  I mean, there were rumors that he was turning the turtles into aliens.  Hello!! MUTANT! That does not mean alien!

The other day I finally got my money together and went to the movie. I went in not expecting much. I expected to come out fussing about how everything was messed up, but I came out with a big smile on my face.

I thought the movie was fantastic. Mikey was still hilarious. Raph is still a hot head. Donnie is still a nerd. Leo is still trying to be a leader. And Splinter is still an awesome giant rat that will kick your butt and then nurse you back to health. I love that rat!

They did change the story a bit.  Which I wasn’t so angry with. It was actually a nice addition to the story.

Here is where a spoiler comes in…so, if you don’t want to know, skip to the next paragraph. 

The one thing that they changed up was a back story with April.  Evidently, April considered the turtles and Splinter her childhood pets. April’s father was the one working on the stuff that made them all grow.  When a fire started in the lab, April grabbed the turtles and Splinter and set them free.  I thought it added a nice perspective to the story.

The one thing I was upset about was the fact that there was no Casey Jones! 

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Maybe it’s just me, but I really liked him! I might have had a crush on him too.  I have always had a thing for guys with long hair.  When you add “Bad boy” who isn’t really a bad boy, to the picture, I am all in.  Also, he isn’t as dorky as Vern…who is in love with April.  I really disliked Vern and felt like he kind of just got in the way.

I also didn’t care for Shredder.  But…who does?

That aside, I really enjoyed the movie. It didn’t totally crush my childhood love for the Turtles and it will never beat the original movies, but it was worth seeing in the theater. For me anyways. 

I will give it a 4 out of 5 rating. While I loved the movie, it wasn’t the 90’s version and they left out Casey Jones. 

Have you seen the movie? What did you think about it?

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