Even before its release, the latest reboot of the Ninja Turtles franchise seemed much maligned. The fan-fury at its announcement to the absolute uproar at the possibility of an origin change, opinion seemed to plummet. With that in mind, it’s really not as bad as it could have been.
Completely rebooting the origin of the turtles, the latest incarnation shows them as lab experiments injected with a mutagen that turns them into the pizza loving, skateboarding sewer-living teenagers that have shown four previous big screen outings. The complete backstory is relatively neat and whilst it does make some fundamental changes, it fits very well within the world. Also, hats off to a very knowing joke regarding the furore.
Alongside rebooting the origin, there is also the main plot at play of The Shredder looking to take over New York by infecting with an airborne mutagen to which can then be sold for great profit from a particular bad guy – yeah, it doesn’t quite hold up now you come to mention it.
The cast and vocal cast are fine, William Fichtner seems to be on scene chomping form whilst Megan Fox’s April O’Neil is capable of shouldering the bulk of the heavy lifting. Will Arnett pops up as comic relief Vern Fenwick and shows he’s wonderful in his role. The voice cast for the turtles bring out the characters that are faithful to those but not massively bringing anything new.
So now to the main issues within the film, the turtles are absolutely hideous – yes they’re mutants but nothing quite beats the rubber suits of the last big screen franchise. The narrative is flimsy but ultimately relatively enjoyable in its time – it is not memorable or awful. Whilst surely there will be more in this incarnation, the film is solid with some genuine laughs and captures the tone of the turtles pretty solidly.