Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Review

So it’s no surprise that we’ve seen a steady increase in our favourite childhood superheroes coming to life, and like Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker; “with great power, comes great responsibility”.

A famous quote that should be at the forefront of any filmmaker’s mind who’s taking on a much loved comic book classic and turning it into a big-budget blockbuster.

When bringing the world’s most famous and loved superheroes to life, filmmakers have a responsibility to us, the audience, and the characters, to ensure the movie is as mesmerizing and memorable as possible – one thing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles failed to provide.

This disappointing remake of the popular comic and cartoon series, follows four human-size, teenage turtles, who just so happen to be mutant ninja’s, that after a lab experiment gone wrong, find themselves living in the sewers of New York City. Guided and trained by Master Splinter, a human-sized rat with the intelligence and wisdom of a hundred monks, the turtles find themselves in the midst of a secret war with a criminal organization known as the Foot Clan and their mysterious leader known only as The Shredder.

But when a young and unsuspecting reporter, April O’Neil (Megan Fox), stumbles upon them, the Turtles discover that their life hidden in the sewers is over and that their greatest battle is upon them.

First and foremost it’s worth pointing out that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is cinematically stunning, perhaps not so surprising considering it was produced by Transformers director, Michael Bay, but what was surprising was it’s sheer lack of plot and character substance.

I suppose the main issue with the film was that it seemed to be targeted at a young audience, despite the generation that grew up with it now long into their late twenties, early thirties. In hindsight it just felt too childish and reserved for an audience that consisted mainly of adults.

For those with young kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an exciting action-packed blockbuster that will keep them entertained from start to finish, but for you fans out there that grew up with these characters, keep your expectations low, it’ll help ease the disappointment.