By Jay Krimson (Buffalo, NY)
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So today I had the chance to check out the new Ninja Turtles movie out called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Now before I go into my review let’s take a trip back to 2014, Hollywood decided to remake Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and was being produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman. After I left that movie, I neither loved it or hated it and thought it was okay. It was a little too dark and trying to make a darker version of the Ninja Turtles that I grew up watching. I understood what they were going for and they succeeded on what they wanted to do. They had three boxes they had to check and they did:

1) Bring Ninja Turtles back to the big screen and have lots of action…check.
2) Bring nostalgia back for the original turtles fans from the 90’s live action movies and cartoons we fell in love with.
And 3) bring a whole new generation of kids into the Ninja Turtles for years to come.

It succeeded and I left the theater feeling like I got my money’s worth and left liking the film. Then December 2014 came around and they announced a sequel to the Turtles movie and I was kind of interested in this sequel because like I said, I was entertained and felt I got my money’s worth for the movie and wanted to see how they were going to move the story along. Well, over the next year and a half we started getting characters that would be in this film, like Rocksteady, Bebop, Krang and I was like hmm, interesting, I am even more interested, and then I saw it yesterday, June 9, 2016.

I got to say it was a 100% better then the first one because they picked a new director in Dave Green. This new director knew the fans, loved the beloved cartoon from the 90’s and knew it needed heart and humor. I honestly loved this movie a lot! It was funny, had heart, great performances, made the story less dark which worked out great. They should have gotten this director for the original movie to this new franchise because this movie worked way better on every level. I looked at my best friend when the movie was over and said, “Wow, I am impressed!”

That’s how you make a great sequel, you take things that worked in the first and improve them. Make the story bigger and bring us a bigger villain, make the good characters, which are the turtles, and make them confront being hidden and want to be accepted in this world. The special effects in this movie was top notch, all the acting performances were really good. The only gripe I had with a certain performance was Tyler Perry, he just acted really odd and weird but I never really read the comics much so Baxter Stockman might be that way and I just didn’t realize it.

Either way this is a great summer fun movie for kids of all ages and adults will enjoy it as well. I give this movie an A-, I will also be reviewing soon The Conjuring 2 and Warcraft as well, because those are two movies I have been looking forward to.

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