By: Andy Chruscicki
Rating: 7 out of 10
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were one of the staples of pop culture in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. With everything from a comic book to a cartoon about them, the turtles had almost everything. The only thing that was missing was a feature length film. So in 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released and met with great success at the box office. Despite being silly and completely dated, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t as awful as it may sound.
Just in case you don’t know the story, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo are four turtles who when they were younger, came in to contact with a green ooze that transformed them in humanoid looking turtles. They have been raised by their master, a rat named Splinter, in the art of ninjitsu (or the art of being a ninja). These five live below the sewers but now the boys are ready to take their skills to the streets above. Their coming out is ruined when an underground crime ring starts wreaking havoc not only in their city, but on their family as well.
Everything in this movie screams the 90’s from its lingo to the overall look of the film. This hurts the film because any time someone watches the film, it just reminds them of that decade and this means the film has no chance of being timeless like other films.
What sets this movie apart from other adaptations and other 90’s films is its heart. Despite the subpar acting and cheesy one-liners, the film does carry a message about the importance of family.
The action in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t anything to over the top or extravagant either. It’s very simple and fun and something everyone can agree isn’t too much by any standards.
The directing for the film isn’t as awful as some would expect it to be. Director Steve Barron puts together a fun and energetic film and really helps bring the characters to life. He does it in such a way that by the end of the film you find yourself caring about these overgrown turtles and their rat father.
Despite its dated look and silliness, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun film. It’s no where near Oscar caliber, but it isn’t the worst thing you will see either.