Ever since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jumped from the comics and TV to the big screen in 1990, there has been a struggle for the creators of the film franchise as to what fans they should cater to. The TMNT comic book aficionados who would prefer a more gritty depiction of the sewer dwelling turtles or backers of the late 1980’s animated cartoon with a goofy, but fun version of our heroes in a half shell. The decision seems to be made by producer Michael Bay and director Dave Green with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows taking the vibe from the 1987 animated series and the franchise is better for it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows taps into the 80’s nostalgia in a big way, which will have parents smiling at times just as big as their little ones as the old Turtle legacy is passed down to a new generation. 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was leaning towards this new fun direction, but didn’t want to let go of the grittiness seen on the original comic book pages. This time around there is no doubt it’s all about having fun with the TMNT canon. The hockey mask wearing street vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) joins the Turtle brothers this time around to fight off classic villains like Rhinoceros mutant Rocksteady (WWE’s Sheamus), an oversized man-pig named Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and the Krang who comes to Earth via Dimension X looking for world domination with the help of Shredder and mad scientist fan favorite Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry).

The creators resolution to capture the feel of the classic animated series allows the older audience members to forget the flaws in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Once again the computer generated characters have more personality than our regular human players. Megan Fox is there just for eye candy and once again there is zero depth to Brain Tee’s performance as Shredder. Also Amell doesn’t don the hockey mask as much as he should as Casey Jones, but one would assume the powers at be would prefer to show off the Arrow star’s handsome mug instead of covering it up. Also it seems weird that Rocksteady and Bebop can flip over cars, but not run through a security gate that is mall retail store quality.

Even with the human actors struggling with a mediocre script at times, the action and all out fun of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows makes the film an enjoyable time and improves upon the last installment. One can’t expect a film on the caliber of The Revenant, Spotlight or Deadpool when walking into this film. After all, this is a film about giant mutant turtles who are trained ninjas and love to gorge on Pizza. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is cheesy, but full of nostalgic charm with familiar scenes and imagery straight out of the animated series, which makes this movie mindless fun for children of the 80s and their kids who thought they would never see the Technodrome on-screen.

Overall, I give Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 3 out 4 fun stars.

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