Despite being one of the most successful franchises in pop culture, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has always been problematic when it comes to feature films. While Steve Barron’s 1990 feature remains a solid entry, subsequent live-action films haven’t brought out the best or even the ridiculousness of Heroes in a Half-Shell. After the likes of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlesmaybe animation is the way to go for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and while we have to wait next year for Seth Rogen’s animated reboot, an earlier version of TMNT is getting the movie treatment.
Aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons, The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles it was considered a divisive reinterpretation as, despite the familiar beats and characters that have defined the franchise, it was too radically different for the longtime fanbase. While the critiques of some of the freedoms are valid, I was interested in telling a variety of stories, from ten-minute segments with a heavy dose of comedy to continuous narratives that propelled the action through stellar animation.
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In the case of the show’s movie sequel, which you can watch on Netflix, series developers Ant Ward and Andy Suriano aim to go further, directing their first feature film. Beginning with a dark prologue set in the future, in which the alien Krang has invaded earth and the resistance has fallen, Leonardo (Ben Schwartz) sends his student Casey Jones (Haley Joel Osment) back in time to stop the invasion. finding a key that allowed the Krang to come to earth.
Without a doubt, one of the problems that the fans had towards The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles he was the representation of Leonardo, who was no longer the mature and disciplined leader of the Turtles, and now had a less serious and joking personality. This film addresses that criticism with Leonardo going through an arc, in which he learns what it means to be part of a team. The conflicting team dynamic has always been a recurring theme in almost every incarnation of TMNTbut this movie manages to put a lot of emotion.
Along with new player Casey Jones, who serves as an emotional anchor for Leonardo, the central relationship is between Leo and his older brother Raphael (Omar Benson Miller), which begins with a brotherly misunderstanding and sibling conflict, leading to a Shocking dramatic tension that causes Leo to ascend as the new leader of the team. While Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith) and Donatello (Josh Brener) bear the brunt of Bo’s staff when it comes to development, the four Turtles have a triumphant moment together when they’re finally on the same page.
Considering most of TMNT media has been geared towards kids, there’s always been a dark undertone from the original Mirage comics to IDW. the last ronin. Premiering on Netflix, the filmmakers manage to get away with things you wouldn’t normally see on children’s TV. Coupled with a prologue that shows a dark future, in which our heroes are decimated, you have the Krang, who don’t shy away from being grotesque alien monsters with a healthy dose of body horror that might annoy kids.
Given the initial controversy over the show’s character designs, the animation itself was one of its saving graces and now with a movie budget, this is one of the dazzling animated films of recent years. From the point of view of action, The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles It evokes the style of Shonen anime and with this movie’s narrative of an alien invasion taking place in a vibrant and stylized New York, this is an exciting watch that deserves a chance on the big screen.
‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie’ Review: An Exciting Watch
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been divisive, but its feature film deserves to be recognized as not only a visually stunning and emotionally driven animated film, but an ideal watch for anyone with an interest in the TMNT franchise.
Spectacular animation, evoking the images of Shonen anime.
An emotional story about the conflict between brothers and teamwork.
Surprisingly dark content, like the depiction of the Krang…
…which might annoy the younger audience.
Not all Turtles have the best characterization.
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