I'm the first to admit that I'm a sucker when it comes to nostalgia. I don't know why, but it appears to get me every time. I enjoy the hell out of super hero movies, I still eat macaroni and cheese, and play Super Nintendo. I suppose all those things harken back to a great time. I have great memories associated with a lot of things, not least of which are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The four mutated turtle brothers that ninja kick the shit out of everyone make me smile like a giddy little school boy. I remember when TMNT II: Secret Of The Ooze came out on video. I'm sure in a week span, that VHS tape must have been played two dozen times. Ernie Reyes Jr. was great. Super Shredder was great. Vanilla Ice was present. Suffice it to say, I've watched me a lot of Ninja Turtles. Strangely enough, I've never seen the third movie in the original trilogy where the four turtles go back in time or something. I don't know how that went under the radar for this long. I should probably get on it.
Back on target, I saw the latest TMNT flick with Patrick only a couple nights ago. I spoke about it warmly to a few people and thought I'd pass on the nostalgia here. It seems that a lot of what made those original three movies and the animated series shows up in this film. If anything, the updates to special effects and CGI have made this movie more capable than those original ones ever could be. For example, Bebop and Rocksteady show up in this film as very close representations of the cartoon characters. I'll sidetrack for a moment and suggest that I never read the comic books. When TMNT came into theatres, I was eight. I wasn't much into comic books at that time, so gimme a break.
There's a lot to love about this movie were a person to go in with the right mentality. Certainly, expecting any sort of amazing action film with plot coherence and character development will only lead to heartbreak. However, going in expecting a silly good time with absolutely ridiculously over-the-top performances from everyone (including Tyler Perry for fuck's sakes!) will give you a thrill ride. A very strong addition to the cast (not for the acting but for the character) is Stephen Amell as Casey Jones. With his signature goalie mask and various silly throwbacks to the original character (homemade rollerblades and a metal pipe that's conveniently shaped like a hockey stick), he's a hit. The introduction of other classic characters like Krang and Baxter Stockman will give any fan a smile.
As I suggested before, I'm a sucker for nostalgia. While this movie won't be winning any awards, I enjoyed it. The characters seemed true to form if not more so than the previous movie. I'm sure my eight-year-old self would approve emphatically with all the thumbs up he could muster. It was worth it to turn off my brain for a couple hours and just enjoy this movie. I recommend it to everyone.