There are sequels to disastrous movies that give us the feeling of Déjà Vu – “Oh wait, I have seen a similar kind of disaster before too”.
Thankfully, the sequel to the not-so-impressive 2014 flick ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ proves to be a far better superhero film than the first one! And here’s why…
Star Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell, Brian Tee and Laura Linney.
Voice Cast: Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen Farrelly
Director: Dave Green
Producer: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Scott Mednick and Galen Walker
Claps: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Well-Choreographed Action Sequences, Background Music and CGI Effects
Slaps: Poor Characterizations and Clichéd Climax of Superheroes saving America from an Alien Invasion
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: The Shredder has escaped from the judicial custody and has joined hands with Dr. Baxton Stockman to create mutants of his own in order to stop his biggest enemies in the town while he accomplishes his task of getting all the parts of a teleportation device together in order to launch an attack on the people of New York with an alien invasion by Krang.
During such times journalist April O’Neil, the ‘Falcon’ Vern Fenwick and wannabe detective Casey Jones decide to fight against the man and the unknown forces along with the help of the vigilantes of the city- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Performances: Megan Fox is the eye-candy here. I mean, I do know this doesn’t even need to be mentioned…but yeah- she is the eye candy and when she is on-screen, you dare not look at anyone else (unless you are a woman not interested in other woman). But talk about her acting and there’s seriously nothing much for her to do. She had a much meatier role in the first TMNT flick.
Will Arnett is a complete fun to watch. However, his characterization undergoes a complete change from being a serious guy to just being used as an element for humour.
Stephen Amell is impressive.
The turtles are in complete form- Leo as the self-righteous leader, Raphael as the hot-headed turtle, Donatello as the nerdy one and Michelangelo as the talkative and heavily-influenced-by-western-culture turtle - the brothers are a complete delight to watch.
Direction: Dave Green’s TMNT flick is way better than what Jonathan Liebesman had presented us with back in 2014. The turtles are goofy, are in their characters and still crack silly jokes; but this time Green makes sure that it never looks like they are trying hard to impress us. Not even for once.
Having said that, one cannot take away producer Michael Bay’s credit for producing this one at much bigger scale than the first one!
While CGI effects play a crucial part in making flicks like these worth the watch, the well-choreographed action sequences are undoubtedly the best part of the movie. The plane fight, which crashes into a waterfall and leads to a further chase is certainly one of the best moments of the movie, and will remind you of the chase sequence in the snow capped mountains from the first instalment.
However, the lack of originality leads to a similar kind of van ambush sequence like that from ‘The Dark Knight’; and if bringing a smile to the DC comic fans wasn’t enough, they extend their creativity in copying a few minute details and scenes from Marvel’s ‘Avengers’ too!
The characterizations too are poor. The not-so-courageous but serious Vern Fenwick from the first instalment is presented here as a goofy character only for humour. Krang lacks a proper characterization too with Shredder just disappearing towards the end. Neither of the antagonists manage to invoke any kind of fear or come across the the "deadly" villains.
Rocksteady and Bebop are entertaining in their own ways, and manage to bring a smile every now and then.
Thumbs up to Green for the “oh-so-sexy” Megan Fox moment as she goes from being a hot nerd to a drool-worthy school girl. But that scene too has a major mistake!
Combo-On-Offer: Action + Drama + Visual Effects + Comedy
Verdict: We give ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ CLAPS for being a complete entertainer with the amazing action sequences and the humorous elements, despite its flaws. It surely won’t disappoint the fans this time.