deconstructing trailers: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2

Turtle Power! Michael Bay unleashes a quick sequel, amping up the craziness with more mutant hybrids and more slo-mo action. This time around mad scientist, Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry – camping it up BATMAN & ROBIN style), tries to unlock the secrets of the ooze without the help of Vanilla Ice’s “Go Ninja!” theme song.

You live long enough and all of your childhood favourites get remade. What’s going to happen to kids today? Remakes of remakes? The recent TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES flick wasn’t as bad as you may have expected. There were a few good laughs, and some decent (over-the-top) action sequences. Most importantly, it was fun.

Megan Fox returns as the human component. (Is that an oxy-moron?) The non-Turtle storylines are always weak in these movies. Thankfully, they seem to have added more jokes for our heroes, instead of relying on Will Arnett.

The most exciting new editions to the sequel are villains, Bebop & Rocksteady. This mutant warthog and rhino were fan favs in the 90s cartoon. Now they get the big screen treatment. The CG is quite impressive, regarding the character design, just like the Turtles. However, when these visual FX creation are in movement they aren’t as convincing. Perhaps that’s why a lot of the action relies on slow-motion?

While 90s fanboys will dig on Bebop & Rocksteady, younger fans will appreciate the casting of Stephen Amell – from the popular television series, THE ARROW. Old school viewers will remember Casey Jones fondly. Amell steps into the shoes of this wise-ass vigilante. It was good to see him using a hockey stick already.

NINJA TURTLES 2 will be ridiculous. It will be over-the-top and cheesy. It will be aimed at young children. With this is in mind, and with the weight of nostalgia, this sequel might be lots of fun. The trailer’s highlight was the reveal of the Turtle Van. This retro toy shot plastic discs, but this movie versions shoots sewer man-hole covers. This ode to nostalgia is a good indication for the older audience taking their kids.


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2 thoughts on “deconstructing trailers: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2

  1. I don’t mind remakes but I wish there were less of them and more original content for the reason you pointed out. I agree with you the last Turtles film was enjoyed by kids and wasn’t terrible although could have been a lot better. Splinter my favourite character looked terrible. Still this is a franchise that could use another story so I’m happy for them to finally give the big screen treatment to classic elements from the original cartoon. My concern is they won’t stick the landing. The trailer was pretty good actually.

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