TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (Theatrical Release USA 2014)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.6|5.0 Starsìì

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—live action and motion capture remake of the 1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—has a much enhanced cinematography over the original movie, but its shallow storyline and out-of-place dialogue lines hinder its ability to match or exceed the value of the original movie. The live action characters do not seem real...almost as if they are digitized...many of their motions and body language do not seem human. There also seems to be some timing challenges between the motion of speech and the actual delivery of speech throughout the film that detract from its ability to allow the audience to totally engage in the storyline. If the movie is chosen to watch, look for Will Arnett’s assigned dialogue lines that do not seem to match the situation at hand.

Storyline

Mutated turtle ninja warriors emerge from the sewers of New York City to keep New York safe.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Jonathan Liebesman for directing effort. Thank you to and to Executive Producers Eric J. Crown, Jason Reed, Napoleon Smith III, and Denis L. Stewart for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), Eric Sacks (William Fichtner), Raphael (Alan Ritchson), Michelangelo (Noel Fisher), Leonardo (Pete Ploszek), Leonardo (voice of Johnny Knoxville), Donatello (Jeremy Howard), Splinter (Danny Woodburn), Splinter (voice of Tony Shalhoub), Shredder (Tohoru Masamune), Bernadette Thompson (Whoopi Goldberg), Karai (Minae Noji), Taylor (Abby Elliott), Councilman (Madison Mason), McNaughton (Taran Killam), Dr. Baxter Stockman (K. Todd Freeman), Dr. O’Neil (Paul Fitzgerald), Young April O’Neil (Malina Weissman), Subway Hostage (Venida Evans), Sacks Bodyguard (Mikal Vega), and Harley Pasternak (Harley Pasternak).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

No. The 1991 version is a better entertainment investment.

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