The Ninja Turtles used to be amongst some of my favourite childhood characters, I used to love watching the animated cartoons and even the movies made during the 90’s over and over again. When this new film version of the Ninja Turtles came out in 2014, I was sure to go along and see it. But I was kind of unsure if that first film was the Ninja Turtles experience I was looking for, but fortunately it seems that Out Of The Shadows is just the film I wanted.
While the first film was more about how the Ninja Turtles began, a lot of the story was bogged down with having to tell us what we need to know about the turtles and where they came from.This film does not have that burden. The Turtles we know are back and they’re a lot funnier this time around. There’s joke after joke after joke, suitable for all out there, whether you’re a fan or you’re not.
While a lot of kids movies are often computer animated adventures these days, there isn’t much out there that have a bit of live action and that’s something that I love. Which is strange because the old Ninja Turtles I knew growing up were all mostly animated adventures on television. With the first film I wasn’t so sure it worked, but with this second film, things seemed to come together. Special effects are well done, all the Turtles look great and so do the monsters they go up against.
Being a story that is aimed more at young kids than adults, it’s not something that I would say is hard to follow. There’s basically a big bad guy from outer space that wants to invade to the Earth and take over/destroy it. It’s up to our four turtles to stop this from happening. With quite a few characters to balance in a film, including the four turtles, a bunch of villains as well as Casey and April, it can be a bit much, but somehow director Dave Green kept it all together.
This film really was the Ninja Turtles film I wanted back in 2014. I wanted to watch my Turtles eat pizza, hang out in the sewers, go on missions in their truck, chat with April and Casey, as well as beat up some bad guys. That’s exactly what I got with this one and it had me laughing all the way through. For any Ninja Turtle fan out there, I would highly recommend seeing this film.
It’s not the most serious film out there and really it’s a just a bit of fun and something that maybe kids will like a lot more than adults, but that’s what the Ninja Turtles are, they are characters for kids and they’re basically four turtles making jokes and having a good time. I do hope we can get a third film and keep the same director because Out Of The Shadows was so much better than the one we got at first. I would gladly go and see this one again, I think it’s my favourite kids movie of 2016, I doubt I’ll have more fun with any other this year.