A Futile Attempt At Inciting Nostalgia

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is nothing more than a failed attempt at inciting the pleasant nostalgia of the hit cartoon show of the 80’s. Revolving around a senseless fictional story, the movie managed to kill 1 hour and 40 minutes of the viewers and transfer them into a state of questionable entertainment.

But if there is any consolation, the movie managed to emerge better than its more insignificant prequel of 2014, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with it’s a tad bit more engaging and interesting action scenes.


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The movie begins where it was last left in its prequel. Shredder, the evil villain who was put in jail in the prequel manages to escape and meets Krang, a new villain who isn’t even discussed properly in the movie, leaving the viewers confused about his introduction in the movie.

Anyhow, together they try to destroy earth but our turtle superheroes; Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo prevent them from doing so. Then there is Baxter Stockman, the demented scientist with his two dim-witted henchmen, Rocksteady, and Bebop whom he converted into mutant rhinoceros and warthog, respectively.

The only interesting thing about this movie was Megan Fox (in the role of April O’ Niel), who did what she always does- brilliant acting. Will Arnett as Vern Fenwick and Stephen Amell as Casey Jones, the vigilante, had a very little role and appeared occasionally on screen. The trio fought alongside the hunched back turtle superheroes against the three supervillains in the film.


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What made this cartoon series a hit in 80’s was the cool life of Ninja turtles- pizza and martial arts with cowbangas and nunchucks. Clearly, the movie lacked this very essence of Ninja turtles. In fact, the life of Ninja turtles that was portrayed in this movie can make any fan feel sick in his stomach.

The cool shell backed heroes didn’t get out until sundown, they feared of being accepted by people (reminding one of the X-men but totally in a creepy and unacceptably remorse way) and there were innumerable fights within the group itself. As a matter of fact, the movie showed more fighting amongst the four turtles that it showed them fighting the villains.

Now coming over to the villains, there is no clear reason why these three evils would team up together, as visibly all three of them had different motives which were sky apart from each other. Shredder’s only aim was to get out of jail while Krang aimed to destroy the earth. The demented scientist simply wanted to be a feared and remembered as a visionary, a genius like Steve Jobs. Then, what was the point in Shredder and Stockman teaming up with Krang when both of their dreams required the existence of earth?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Review – Conclusion

Simply put, the movie was a below average attempt in reviving the charm of Ninja Turtles, though it is better than its predecessor. It has many loose ends and an average screen presence of characters it involves. The story is weak, which is only compensated with above average action scenes and some jokes worth sparing a few laughs at.

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