Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

TMNT: Out of the Shadows takes us back to the 90’s and reminds us how fun the Ninja Turtles can be with, a new look for the turtles,  its subtle well-timed nostalgic Easter eggs, great special effects, great use of new characters, and with actual humor.

The four brothers in a half shell are back for another go following the 2014 movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This go around features the original cast including Megan Fox as April O’Neill, our favorite female reporter in yellow, Will Arnett as cameraman Vernon Fenwick, and Shredder himself Brian Tee. Here to bring the turtles and the city of New York so trouble are Bepop and Rocksteady, our favorite animal goofball minions played by Gary Anthony Williams and WWE wrestler Sheamus respectively, Tyler Perry playing Scientist Baxter Stockman, and the brain from another dimension, Krang voiced by Brad Garret.

The movie follows the events of the first film as we see Shredder pay for his crimes but the turtles still living in the shadows as the city and the world is not ready to know who they are. The credit for Shredder’s demise is given to Vernon which brings the plot of this story to light watching the turtles deal with having to stay hidden but yearn to be a part of the world and be known as the heroes they are.


This movie was a lot of fun to watch. This should have been what the first turtles movie brought to us by Michael Bay should have been. Everything was different about it and for the better. There was more of a cartoonish feel to the movie with the new look of the turtles and the humor brought in with the script. A lot of what you would see from the cartoon translated in this movie this time around making it more enjoyable to watch compared to the first one. Megan Fox was actually enjoyable to watch as she demonstrated more skill a key character instead of a set piece of hotness as she was used in the first one. Brought in to help the gang is Casey Jones played by Stephen Amell. Still hot off the CW’s Arrow, he was perfectly cast as the hockey mask wearing vigilante.

The movie came with some plot holes and a lot of unrealistic acts and scenes that wouldn’t happen if the movie took more of a serious tone but that is okay. This movie figured out what their strength is and that is having fun. Other highlights that stood out is that they kept the villains as villains. No switching sides in this one as I am noticing in kid films as some of our favorite bad guys and gals are turning into anti-heroes or villains with a heart of gold. Also, our animalistic henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady were used correctly with plenty of screen time and not an easy win. Something I wish X-men Apocalypse did with the four horsemen. After watching the film, it’s not the best ive seen but I do believe there is hope for the franchise to continue and I hope to see another one in the future.

+1 great humor and action. Exciting from start to finish
+1 The voice talents were great, liked all the new characters. Shout out to Noel Fisher as Michelangelo who killed it.
+1/2 great plot but lots of plot holes.
+1/2 Not a big difference from the first movie but an improvement in the right direction. Kids will love it. Adults not too sure.
+1 Definite reply value. I would watch this again.

4 out of 5 points

Anyone else see this movie? Was this better or worse than the first or just par in comparison? Let me know what you think moviegeeks.

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