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Movie review; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Out of the shadows

The film is truly turtle-focused, with a story that offers understandable conflict and entertaining interactions for our heroes in a half-shell.
Kids will love it, and adult fans of the property will get the TMNT movie they always wanted. Look, this isn’t The Dark Knight, but it’s easily (by default?) the second best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie ever made.
The film starts out with the opposite of a bang, with a full fifteen minutes before a major action sequence. Instead, we get to watch our title heroes interacting with each other as they try their best to enjoy life’s pleasures hidden from public view. By the time some Foot Clan members try to bust Shredder out of a prison truck (in a well-staged and coherently edited highway chase), we have been reinvested in the turtles’ desire to be a part of the outside world. AndrĂ© Nemec and Josh Appelbaum’s screenplay is pleasantly A-to-B-to-C, with Dr. Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry) teaming up with Shredder (Brian Tee) to create a dimension X, which will allow Krang to take over the Earth.
Yes, this sequel (which also includes Bebop and Rocksteady) does offer most of the fan favorites from the franchise, including Stephen Amell as Casey Jones. The humans are fine (I hope Laura Linney got ridiculously overpaid), even if too much time is offered to Will Arnett’s glory-hog Vern, but this is really about our title characters. And they are full-blown characters this time out, with a slightly redesigned look and more gee-whiz interaction with each other. And the action sequences are pretty terrific, with an emphasis on jumping and flying about as opposed to beat downs.
This time out, it has to deal with the second weekends of the, uh, less beloved Alice Through the Looking Glass and X-Men: Apocalypse. Yeah, I don’t expect reviews to be that much better this go-around, but the sequel promises a brighter, more kid-friendly, and more coherent adventure filled with fan-favorite characters (Krang, Baxter Stockman, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Casey Jones) that plays to 80’s-era nostalgia.
So while a $40 million debut will be just fine for the heroes in a half shell, don’t be too surprised if it ends up a bit bigger this weekend.
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