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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Just a good, fun Turtles film!
OK, so I just saw the 7:00 PM showing at my local AMC.
I'll start with my background... I'm 29, and grew up on the original movies and cartoon. I had tons of TMNT toys, and really loved the Turtles growing up. I've seen the 2007 movie, and a few episodes of the various cartoon series since the first series. I haven't read the IDW comics. So I would consider myself a fan, though I haven't seen/read every iteration.
First things first, the movie could have used more of a plot, but I would put it on par with Secret of the Ooze in that regard. No huge plot twists or major depth of the villains or anything. Its an OK story, with plenty of action.
The CGI looks absolutely AMAZING. The Turtles and particularly Splinter... they just look very real. They look like mutated animals. I didn't like the look of the noses when they first debuted, but it had started to grow on me. After watching the whole film, it honestly might not be my favorite look for the Turtles.
The voice acting is really very good. Knoxville is an awesome Leonardo, possibly even my favorite Leo ever now. Ritchson really does a great job with Raphael's gruff, gritty voice. Noel Fisher is hilarious as Mikey. Jeremy Howard does a good job, and definitely pulls of the nerdiness (I must admit, though, that I love Corey Feldman's Donatello). Shaloub does a really nice job as Splinter, as well.
Megan Fox is fine as April. Not memorable. Not horrible. Not great. Just fine. Honestly, she does better in the beginning on the film, but when the action kicks in, she's not all that believable.
My absolute favorite scene... when the Foot have entered the Turtle's Lair and Shredder and Splinter are fighting. The emotion that Michaelangelo, Donatello, and especially Leonardo show is just amazing. Its chilling, in the greatest way. They look like they're truly worried about their sensei, their father. You can't pull that off with the old foam-rubber suits, no matter how much I loved those. The CGI look of these Turtles is really great. There's so much more emotion to them now, and its really a great thing.
The fight scenes are actually pretty awesome, and probably where most of the PG-13 rating comes from. There are times where the hits are pretty brutal, but in a good way. Its good for the fights to not just constantly be blows being deflected, but for there to actually be some hard hits.
With the way the movie ends, they've definitely set up a sequel (which they obviously would with this being such a big franchise). We'll see if it does well enough, but you can sign me up to see another Turtles film done in this style. It was good fun.
Overall, probably a 6.5/10. Not amazing, but just a fun Turtles film.