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Opinion of the Week (Aug. 22‒27, 2016)
Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) <7+>
This is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie that has some potential qualities to it, and some of those qualities make it compare to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, my favorite movie in the franchise. In that movie, one element, which is linked to the creation of the Turtles, creates two bad guys, Tokka and Rahzar, who are monster forms of a turtle and a wolf. That's all well and good, but there are two similar bad guys known as Bebop and Rocksteady who are monster forms of a warthog and a rhinoceros, who are in various non-movie installments of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stories, including a video game that I remember playing a long time ago, but these two bad guys never appeared in the five existing feature movies. And when they were promised for this movie, I thought, "It's about time." Well, on the other hand, I thought this turned out to be the lowest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in quality, the first I give a 7, the first I don't give an 8. I think it's still a fine movie, and I imagine my thoughts on it could improve over one or two more viewings, but this time I just didn't feel all that entertained. The first couple of scenes made it look like it could be approximately as good as the previous movies, but I just didn't think the same of a lot of the rest of the movie. I liked seeing Bebop and Rocksteady, but it's not like I've always loved those characters, and I guess I didn't laugh at the humor they tried to convey as much as I thought they could. I like that Shredder is in this movie, but most of the time he doesn't wear his iconic Shredder costume. I liked various aspects of the story and the other main and supporting characters moderately, and there are directions that the franchise can take in the future, but I didn't think this movie very much strengthened the franchise.
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