I recently went to the Austin Toy Museum. They have displays set up of different toy lines that have come out since the 60’s. You should really check them out if you are in Austin. The one that really stuck out to me was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles display. It was an amazing time when the history and knowledge of toy making ran into the crazy characters of TMNT. The toy quality of that series is really amazing, good molds, amazing colors and quality. Looking through it all it made me realize how bonkers TMNT was. The story line is off the rails crazy. Men turning into all kinds of animals. Samurai rabbits from other times. A giant brain that controls a giant robot that is trying to get through a dimensional portal to take over Earth, and then ninjas. The modern day ninjas led by a man wearing blades all over himself is the most normal part of the story line. After thinking about all of that and taking into account that TMNT: Out Of The Shadows is for kids, I can say that it kind of worked.
Now, the movie is awful if you are an adult hoping for a quality super hero action movie that is focused and targeted at adults. It has horrible jokes, terrible dialogue, and a plot line that is all over the place. This movie isn’t for adults and it is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, based on a comic, that was crazy, and a cartoon that was even crazier. The CG is very good. The turtles look awesome and the 3D is well done. Then it just delivers all the things that were so off the wall from the old show. It is unbelieveable and it is silly and I noticed I didn’t really care how weird it was. If I had an 8 year old I think he or she would of loved this movie and I think that is why this movie delivers. It is just as bonkers as the toys I collected in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
If you are an adult without a child that is looking for a movie on par with a Marvel Studios movie you are going to be quite disappointed. If you have 2 kids that watch the Nickelodeon show that is on now, then be prepared for a groan fest, but open up your heart a little bit and I think you will have a good time with this horrible, crazy, off the chain movie.