A rip roaring, fun, earnest good time; this is what delineates the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remake. With Mikey's zany phrases and Raphael's hard nature, these teenagers' personalities come full circle before your eyes.
Of course the sinister and morose villain, Shredder, and his gang of cronies have developed another plot to overtake the world. But, within this tale we also get a glimpse of the origin of the turtles and Splinter before they delved into the deep sewer that they inhabit today.
Megan Fox manages to portray a solid April O'Neil by effectively brooding over the complications of being a successful news reporter, while remaining a person of good character.
During her journey, she sets out to discover the vigilante heroes that were shielding New York City from imminent danger. However, in the process, she learns that she is an essential part of the very vigilante team she is hunting.
I've read various critic reviews that set out to establish that this remake was dull. The sheer character play from Leonardo, Mikey, Raphael, and Donatello throughout the film is entertaining in itself. However, the movie is also non-stop action. The portions of the film that laid the groundwork of the storyline were even amusing, incorporating the wise-cracking antics of each character.
Let's face it, saving the world is not an easy task. Yet, these turtles do it in such a brisk and refreshing way that you leave the theater feeling invigorated.
I could dissect this film into philosophical analogies and parodic contingencies, but the film's success is not dependent upon these aspects. The film's true heart lies in the fight between greed, power, and the average, moral man sprinkled with light hearted humor and lessons to last a lifetime.
We highly recommend this film for family members of all ages! Make sure to check it out at a theater near you!