I want this movie to be good but with the teaser trailer out for the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle flick’s impending release I have two major concerns with the footage revealed and they tie together very clearly.
First Raphael slamming into a military jeep and destroying it, so the turtles are now stronger than armored military grade weaponry. With this is mind how the hell can Shredder be an imposing foe, especially when played by William Fichtner, is an interesting choice to embody Oroku Saki. (I’m glad there wasn’t a huge fan outcry like when Idris Elba was cast as Heimdall or Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm) And the shot we have with him staring at the suit fills me with a Silver Samurai a la ‘The Wolverine’ style dread. Well that and a Hooper X style fan boy rant about crusty old white guys beneath a villain’s mask.
Of lesser concern is April O’Neil as played by Meagan Fox. While I have never enjoyed her performance in anything, in fairness she’s never been given anything to actually do.
The two positives for the released material are the new look of the turtles, as pretty well captured in the new line of figures coming out.
The other is this shot of a trench coated turtle, it just makes me feel all nostalgic for my old Donatello in Fedora and Trench coat figure and the Raphael Vs Casey Jones fight in the original.
What’s missing is Casey Jones. I’m not saying he’s a necessary player but the two best Turtle movies feature him in a prominent role.
Am I being too pessimistic, or not pessimistic enough let me know.
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