The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released just over a week ago and dependent on who you ask (and how old they are) this is either an amazing moment, or another of their worst fears realized. Children cry out in joy! Most who have grown up with the cartoons and movies cringe in fear especially with a name like Michael Bay attached to it. But I a child of the 90’s, when those weapon wielding reptiles were in their prime dancing it up to Vanilla Ice, do firmly submit that this is a movie to be excited for…..reasons to follow…
Honoring their beginning…
When news of this movie was first released it was all the ravings of the nerd world that Michael Bay was butchering our beloved heroes’ story by making them aliens! Whether by the uproar caused or the entire ordeal a misunderstanding Michael Bay has confirmed that it is all about the ooze, (which is possibly alien in nature based on the company that created it but that has ALWAYS been the case.) We can even catch a glimpse of the infamous canister in the trailer. The only real possible change in cannon we can deduce at this time is from a line delivered by William Fichtner that states that “heroes are not born they’re created” so maybe at the most the Turtles are not accidents which to me seems like no big deal.
2Bad Guys Make a Movie
Iconic villains can make a movie. Undoubtedly Heath Ledger’s Joker was the best part about The Dark Knight and as….unique as the costume was William Defoe will always be Green Goblin to me. Also what about Tom Hiddleston’s rise in popularity after the Avengers? We like us some good bad guys! So when casting details for this movie started to arise I was more interested in who was going to be playing Shredder than the turtles! So how could I not have been happy that is was William Fichtner! Plus with what we have gathered from the trailer he probably used to work for T.C.R.I. (the company that created the ooze) so what we get here is a misguided villain. The kinda villain that does all these bad things for all the right reasons breeds conviction, which is what all good villains need!
3It’s Michael Bay Folks
I will admit the name Michael Bay worries me every time I see it and he gets a lot of grief for flat stories and minimal character development. But to be honest that’s not what you always NEED in a movie. Just like some people don’t need a great story for a video game, just a big enough server that they can fly a jet into a building full of their friends. I like different movies for different reasons and there are times when I want to get pulled into an amazing story or feel like I know the characters on screen. Then there are those days that I as a twenty-something year old male just want to hide in a dark theater forget about the world outside…and just watch something blow up, or enjoy someone getting the tar beaten out of them. Enter Michael Bay… When you make a movie based off another movie that was based off a TV show that was based off a comic book it’s supposed to be fun! No one expects this to win an Oscar so let’s not put it on that kind of pedestal.
I am an avid movie goer, I cannot wait to be out of California so I can stop shelling out for these insane movie ticket prices, because I do! I can’t help it! I LOVE the movies, so all I’m saying is if you’re going to pay the money to go to the movies don’t start munching on that popcorn expecting your childhood to be destroyed instead remember that you fell in love with a cartoon that had a standard conflict resolution time of about 20 min so your Shindler’s List expectation level of plot development needs to sit this one out…and have some raisinets for me.