It’s years later and The Shredder has been defeated. The Turtles have grown apart as a family. Their sensei, Master Splinter, had sent Leonardo, the team leader, far away to a jungle town to find peace and rediscover his leadership abilities. Now Leonardo has returned and just in time too! Strange things are occurring in New York City. An ancient conqueror who tried to conquer the world and found a way to become immortal but it had consequences. It turned his brotherhood into stone and opened up a gateway that released thirteen ancient monsters. Millennia later, the immortal, now a tech-industrialist tycoon, Max Winters, revives four ancient stone warriors and hires the foot clan to capture the thirteen monsters. The turtles, along with Splinter, April O’Neal and Casey Jones, must unite as a team if they are to save the world.
I have to go into my turtle history a bit before I review the movie. I was about 13 when the TMNT first arrived as toys and a cartoon. I said to everyone, “What a stupid idea. It’ll never last!” And here, about twenty years later, the turtles are as strong as ever. It began with the toys, then a cartoon, videogames and live-action. A few years ago a new cartoon series and comics began. Now this CGI cartoon feature-length movie shows that turtle franchise is far from over.
The story is of the same level of complexity as the cartoon & live-action movies. It’s simple and easy to follow for kids. A good way to introduce them to the turtles. What’s different about this movie is that the story doesn’t begin in the middle of the usual turtle fight. Instead, it begins in the future with the turtle brother family/team has split up.
Master Splinter has sent Leonardo far away to rediscover his leadership abilities.
Donatello is in IT tech support, Michaelangelo is a children’s party entertainer, Raphael is a night vigilante and Splinter has turned to watching TV soap operas. April & Casey live together. The Shredder is defeated and the foot clan is selling its services to the highest bidder.
April’s news reporter job seems to be gone. Now she appears to be an ancient relic archeologist. Tech-industrialist tycoon, Max Winters, hires her to find his old stone brotherhood.
April went to find Leonardo and now he has returned and just in time help his turtle brothers battle a new enemy and save the world.
It’s a colorful and entertaining story. It has action and humor but the humor’s a little weaker than usual. The ending is a bit rushed though.
The voices are definitely different. The turtles are very different. I don’t think I heard one “cowabunga”; it’s not the same without the “cowabunga” and some of the California accents. But they aren’t too bad. Sarah Michelle Gellar as April surprised me; I recognized her voice right away. Mako does a good Splinter. Sadly, Mako died before the movie was completed. And Patrick Stewart was a little harder to recognize as Max Winters.
The graphics are, for the most part, terrific. The best part are the backgrounds which look almost real; there’s a raining scene that looks perfect. The fight scenes are great. The turtles and villains look good too. However, the people look too anime-ish for my taste. But the worst art is that of Splinter – he’s supposed to be a rat but he looks more like a fox or weasel.
There are the usual plot flaws and inconsistencies but it’s meant for kids so it comes with the territory.
I like this movie and I was a fan of the original cartoon and live-action movies. Some old school fans will complain about it not being canon to the original and continuum issues but it works for me. Great to introduce new fans to the turtles and good for some old fans as well. 3.5/5 stars.
Chris Evans … Casey Jones (voice)
Sarah Michelle Gellar … April O’Neil (voice)
Mako … Master Splinter (voice)
Kevin Smith … Diner (voice)
Patrick Stewart … Max Winters (voice)
Laurence Fishburne … Narrator (voice)
Ziyi Zhang … Karai (voice)
Mitchell Whitfield … Donatello (voice)
James Arnold Taylor … Leonardo (voice)
Mikey Kelley … Michelangelo (voice)
Nolan North … Raphael/Nightwatcher (voice)
John Di Maggio … Colonel Santino (voice)
Paula Mattioli … General Serpiente (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson … General Aquila (voice)
Fred Tatasciore … General Gato (voice)
Kevin Munroe (written by)
Peter Laird (characters) &
Kevin Eastman (characters)