Thursday, August 7, 2014

Your Little Ninjas will Love These Turtles

The Fab Four in action! (Paramount and Nickelodeon)
FROM PEANUTS & POPCORN
If your sons are getting tired of princess stories, they are going to love the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie storming into town this weekend. Don't be surprised if you end up liking it too. While purist may take issue with some of the changes to the story in the new version, most will not. Parents concerned that the film maybe too dark or inappropriate for their children do to the fact that TMNT is produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (known for directing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), can breathe a sigh of relief as well. The fact that the movie is co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies is sure to be a factor in the film's squeaky cleanness. Still, Bay and/or Liebesman can't help themselves from keeping a couple of brief distasteful scenes that don't belong in a kid's movie, (one involves a Victoria Secret billboard of all things), but they are more on the silly side and won't make for much of an impact on the young ones. These no doubt helped the film receive its PG-13 rating as there is no profanity in the film and most of the violence is of the cartoon variety.


Will Arnett and Megan Fox star in the new "Turtle" movie.
Speaking of cartoons, that is definitely the feel of this movie. The plot is super simple, the action is larger than life and even when characters fall from a large distance like Wyle E. Coyote, they get up and walk away. There is even a message about the importance of family and working together as a team, values that parents can get behind. 

Though the film stars Megan Fox, Whoopie Goldberg and Will Arnett, the real stars are the turtles, of course. The green ones get all of the funny lines and they actually act like teenagers. For the most part, Fox does a great job as April O'Neil, which will surprise some. A bigger surprise is that film didn't leave anything funny for Goldberg or Arnett to say or do, which is a shame. They are okay in their roles of course, but there isn't much to their characters. Goldberg sounds like an angry editor, but she still has a twinkle in her eye that says that she doesn't mean it. Arnett spends his time looking for more clever things to say.