Cast – Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Tyler Perry, Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Brittany Ishibashi, Stephen Amell, Brian Tee, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, and Noel Fisher
Genre – Action, Comedy, Superhero
Director – Dave Green
Running Time – 112 mins
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A new feature we’re rolling out from now on and no guesses what it is, yes it’s movie reviews! And what better way to kick things off than to feature a movie that reminds most of their childhood (including me) and invokes feelings of nostalgia. Officially at all cinemas as of last week Friday, I decided to go and check out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows especially since I was quite impressed with the first installment.
It didn’t start out that way – when the concept was first announced I wasn’t too sure nor convinced, very skeptical I was. Being the curious individual I’m though I eventually got around to seeing the first installment, I’ve never looked back since. Lesson learnt, always give stuff a chance (no matter how different) you just might be genuinely surprised. Now to focus on the actual movie.
Who stars in it and what is it about?
Our favorite turtle heroes return in this second installment titled Out of the Shadows in what is by far one of my favorite movies this year, yes that’s right. Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael battle bigger, meaner and, might I even say, disgusting villains, alongside April O’Neil (Megan Fox – who I confess to having a big crush on), Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett), and newcomer, the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Stephen Amell, the very same leading actor from TV series The Arrow – he clearly likes being a vigilante).
After super-villain Shredder (Brain Tee) escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Tyler Perry, far from being Madea this time around) and two silly henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly, yep the WWE wrestler), to unleash a diabolical plan to, wait for it, take over the world! Quite a surprise isn’t it. As our favorite heroes prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious, quite slimy and disgusting Krang.
What we liked
What’s not to like actually? The movie delivers on what it promises and doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not. It blends a perfect mix of wit, fun, quirkiness and action, the execution is quite brilliant – expected nothing less from a Michael E. Bay movie to be honest. You definitely won’t regret seeing it.
What we didn’t like
It’s simple, nothing – an excellent and well put together offering, miles ahead of the first installment and I have a feeling there might be a third installment in store which is great news. Do yourself a favour, go see it!
It gets a solid 3.5 out of 5 rating from me.