Double Take: 3 Ninjas

My first entry into my 27 week movie project testing the possibility that movies get better with age or can a movie live up to what you remember as a kid or young adult. My first entry down memory lane is 3 Ninjas. I remember watching this movie as a kid, wanting to learn karate, still getting the home alone vibe from it and just enjoying how fun it was. From the cool ninja nicknames they got, and using their skills to take care of the bullies at school to the chanting of the two lovebirds Rocky and Emily, this was one of my go to movies where I watched if I wanted to laugh or just put a smile on my face. With the story kind of similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the brothers who study martial arts from their relative/sensei, the ninjas dressed like the foot clan led by an old partner/student of the grandfather. The three bumbling idiots that remind you of Bebop and Rocksteady tasked to kidnap the kids but fumble along the way. Great kids movie from what I remember but lets see if it still holds up 24 years later.

 90 minutes later

I honestly can’t remember the last time I watched this movie but once the first lines were spoken, I started getting all these memories coming back to me. I started remembering key lines in the movie and the music. This movie is definitely a kid’s movie of its time. Of course, not the best writing we have seen compared to movies like The Goonies, The Sandlot, or most of the live action Disney movies of our past. I was reminded as to why I liked it as a kid.

Removing nostalgia from the mix, this time around, a lot of things stood out that I didn’t notice before. For instance, the obvious stunt double who stood in for Victor Wong, brilliant actor by the way. Whenever there was a big martial art move to be done you can see this guy from the back side so you couldn’t see his face. A lot of the fighting scenes you can tell were clearly choreographed. I mean these bad ninjas would sometimes just stand there and wait to be hit. Watching the movie now, it’s not the best writing you have seen but it’s still pretty fun. The best part of the movie wasn’t even the ninjas themselves. It was the bumbling surfer kidnappers/criminals who attempted to nabbed them in their own home. Which takes a big part of the movies time creating a Home Alone like moment of the ninjas defending their home from these kidnappers. The gags that were done to them were dangerous. They really messed these guys up. Back then, funny as hell. Now, I couldn’t believe how dangerous these gags were.

+1 Authentic kid movie. Predictable but fun.
+1/2 Acting was alright. on par I guess for a movie like this
+1/2 Writing was okay. Sort of reminded you of a lot of other movies put into one.
+1/2 Recommended for young kids. Adults will not get nothing out of this unless they liked it as a kid.
+1/2 movie is still re-watchable but nowadays there are better movies to watch involving kids and martial arts.

3 out of 5

What movie did you watch this week? Did the movie get better or worse with time? Comment below your thoughts on this movie if you have seen it or any movie you viewed lately.

Featured image provided by mtv.com

Next week on Sept. 1st is A –  Arachnophobia

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