A few days ago I had the great misfortune of seeing the absolute dire ‘John Wick’. Why this movie seems to be successful is beyond me. Boring, cliche action scenes with action…. star… Keanu Reeves putting in his best performance as a brick wall. Granted his acting is not the fault when the script seems to be written by a computer games obsessed 15 year old.
It’s a frustrating viewing experience because I can’t find anything redeeming about ‘John Wick’. It’s gives me the impression that it’s trying to be cool in the same way kids who smoke behind a wall at the back of their school. ‘Gun-Fu?’ go watch a real John Woo movie from the 80s or early 90s for Gun-Fu. In fact watch ‘Equilibrium’. Actually just watch any other action movie.
Today I watched ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, a film which I had low expectations of but thoroughly enjoyed for the same reasons where ‘John Wick’ failed. The Ninja Turtle characters are exactly as you expect them to be, at least for those of us who watched the 80s cartoon. TMNT also has some highly enjoyable, fast paced and well thought out action scenes that are the kind of fun action scenes that make you laugh at the craziness of them.
If I had watched this as a kid instead of the 1990 movie I would have been absolutely delighted. This is the Ninja Turtle film I have been waiting for.
It’s is not a perfect film. It does have problems, it isn’t the most well thought out script but it’s not boring and I think it’s a film that can be enjoyed by those of us who grew up on Turtle Power and younger kids. The film isn’t too dark. It’s violent but no more than the multiple animated series are. There isn’t any blood that I could see. I think younger kids could handle this if they can handle say Star Wars which has a lower age rating. Suffice to say, it won’t destroy your soul in the way Bayformers did.
Basically, if you cling to any happy memory of the 80s cartoon go ahead and watch this. It’s better than the 90s movie and it will give you a craving for pizza.
On a side note, I watched this in 4DX which means the cinema seats movie, you get sprayed with water, air shoots by you ears, lights flash and your seats rumble. It’s an interesting experience which can loose it’s novelty after a while. If the movie spent more time flying over buildings and had more action it might be worth it. I saw the trailer for the new Fast and Furious movie before Ninja Turtles came on and it seems like a perfect film to watch on 4DX. Ninja Turtles on 4DX wasn’t bad. It certainly added to my enjoyment of the rip roaring action scenes at the end. Although, the times when it felt like half a dozen people were kicking the back of my chair I didn’t like it. I don’t think I would want this as a usual viewing experience for action movies unless as I say again it was non stop action that made it feel like a ride.
I paid ¥3,200 to see this (about $26 or €23). Ouch yeah?
So ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ isn’t a perfect movie but it isn’t dire like ‘John Wick’ or ‘The unAmazing Spider-man 2’. If you want a really great movie experience watch ‘Mona Lisa’ or some of Ozu’s silent movies such as ‘Dragnet Girl’ and ‘The story of Floating Weeds’. If you want to have a fun time then watch ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.
Favorite Quote: “Cowabunga” – Michelangelo