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Another Spy Gets An Early Peek At TMNT!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’ve had a look at this one m’self, and I’ll be bringing you my review a little closer to the release date. I’ll say this much: TURTLES fans have every reason in the world to be happy. Let’s see what this spy thought when he saw an early screening:

I was lucky enough to get to a screening of TMNT on Sunday at the Empire cinema in London. Thought I’d try and pull some kind of review together. First, a little history regarding me and the Turtles. I fucking loved the 90’s cartoon. It was the cartoon of my childhood, When I look back at my time as a kid a Teenage mutant ninja(hero for us in the UK) turtle is never far away. I loved the first film and had no real problems with the second one at the time. Even in my younger days I knew 3 was a pile of crap though. I also got to see the original film again last year at a local cinema and it gave me a new appreciation for it. It worked on a completely new level for me. I got some more of the humour, picked up on the darker tones more and I loved it all over again. So that’s me and the turtles in a nutshell. I was really psyched to get the chance to catch this early and I’ll be ever grateful to the friend that sorted the tickets. So on to the movie it’s self. I’ll try and avoid spoilers but I might let a few things slip here and there so be warned. First off the movie does look awesome, the city, the people, the monsters, the turtles all look gorgeous. A couple of the set pieces were eye watering. Everything moved with such fluidity and pace. The action scenes were also well done and well choreographed, maybe a couple of them could of done without the fast cuts that make it difficult to see what’s going on but I can live through that. The comedy elements all hit the right notes; I was chuckling when I should have been. There didn’t seem to be any sly comedy nods at the adults that you get in Pixar movies and the like but it still worked for me. The movie is only 80 odd minutes long and as such moves along at lightening pace and never really misses a beat. I’ve heard grumbles from people regarding the changing roles of Casey and April so I’ll give you my feelings on that. Casey is still trying to be a low level vigilante but not doing great, (he’s a skinny guy with a bag full of old bats so I don’t know why he thinks it’s a good idea but hey.) So he hasn’t really changed from the film he’s just a bit more bumbling but in the end that’s to serve a plot point. Again April not being a news reporter and being some kind of Lara Croft girl now, was a little more grating but it was an avenue into the story. Lazy writing maybe but I got over it easy enough.The other thing about April is she now fights. This wasn’t a problem for me as I felt April would probably start training with the turtles anyway. Why not? A girl gotta keep her figure. The bad point of the flick for me was the overall story. It was a bit lame, lazy writing as I said before, everything is a bit too convenient at times and the whole thing was a bit tired. Tyrannical ancient warrior King wants to be Immortal, opens a portal to another dimension, becomes immortal but nasty beasties are released as a result. Fast forward 3000 years or so(That sounds too long but I’m sure that’s what he said.) and the portal can be reopened. Tyrannical king has change of heart and wants to undo what he has done. Fortunately for him all the beasties that were released end up in New York at exactly the same time for a reason that is never explained and he has to catch them all. As I said I didn’t like this story, lots of holes and lots of things that are never explained. It seems odd to say I didn’t like the story but overall I loved the film but I felt the story took second spot the look of the thing. I think if they do more (Which I guess they’re going to judging by the end) then the story aspect will get better. Obviously the other part to the story is the struggle between Leo and Raph that culminates on the roof top. This worked better for me so I know they can pull off a decent narrative. By the way the fight on the rooftop in the rain is fantastic. Best looking CG imagery I’ve seen. Any way back to the bad points. I’m sorry to say but Mako’s voice didn’t work for me. I don’t know why but it just didn’t sound like Splinter for me. The only other thing I can really think of is that the acting wasn’t up to much. It’s weird to say that about a CGI movie but it really did seem to be badly acted at times. I still can’t get my head round it but again I think that’s some thing that will improve if this team goes on to make other Turtle films. So overall I gotta say I loved it. It took me back to my childhood a little and is uncomplicated escapism. If you’re an eight year old kid this will be the best movie you see all year I guarantee. For the rest of us if you can put away that critical eye and sit back and just let it wash over you, you should have fun. If this is used, call me by my talkback handle, Affleckwasthebomb
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  • March 12, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Hm.

    by Valebant

    Probably will wait to see this on television.

  • March 12, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    I'm still excited about this movie!

    by cannedpasta

    And I will be downloading TMNT The Arcade Game Wednesday on XBLA

  • March 12, 2007, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Fan of the cartoon?

    by Le Singe

    Lost me right there. Fan of the comics where the turtles bloody their knuckles on the faces of street punks? I might listen.

  • March 12, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    whatever. its for kids

    by dino_hardbody

    sorry guys, but this is one movie strickly for this kiddie in the crowd. I know it would have been nice to have a TMNT movie we all could enjoy but I think we are all gonna have to face the music and put this one in the pile with The Batman, Teen Titans Go, FF and all the other animated stuff we wanna like soooooooo badly but just ain't made for us. Oh well. At least we'll always have Justice League.

  • March 12, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I'll pass...

    by cornponious

    ...on this one.

  • March 12, 2007, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Good review, to the point,

    by wilsonfisk89

    ...but disheartening nontheless. How many sick villains and plots could they have fucked with instead. Early news made it seem like this was gonna be some grittier vision following the comic right? So it's a shame it wound up like this because that could have been pretty amazing.

  • March 12, 2007, 10:41 p.m. CST

    TURTLES GOTTA EAT

    by THE KNIGHT

    :)

  • March 12, 2007, 10:49 p.m. CST

    "GOTTA EAT" joke not funny

    by Bruno Diaz

    Hasn't been for months, if it ever was. Move on.

  • March 12, 2007, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Turtles Dont Need To Eat Shit!

    by GravyAkira

    Im very skeptical about this one. TMNT were the heroes of my youth. I know I had every freakin action figure they made in the 90's. Please dont EFF this up! I heard the original comics were the shit though, gonna have to get around to reading those sometimes. Well said though by the way Bruno Diaz. This "Gotta Eat" shit has to stop. Now!

  • March 12, 2007, 11:56 p.m. CST

    GOTTA EAT still GOTTA EAT

    by ProziumJunkie

    I don't feel one way or the other about "GOTTA EAT" but Vanilla Ice better be doing a song and dance number in this movie.

  • March 13, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Seeing it on Sunday, Hope it's Good

    by ElectricDreams

    Cowabunga!

  • March 13, 2007, 3:03 a.m. CST

    April being a fighter = Flames on Optimus.

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Well, not nearly as bad, but why did they give into the temptation to make April fight alongside the Turtles? That's the lazy way to progress on things....to have her fight too just because the Turtles and Casey do. And it's too hard to believe...."training" with the Turtles for awhile does not make you a fighter. She should have stayed on the sidelines as the news reporter. For years they successfully avoided the temptation for her to join in on the combat, but they finally gave in.

  • March 13, 2007, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Sorry I never read the comics

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I know that makes me a bad person. I was not a comics kid. They weren't big in the UK. unless you wanted to read the beano and that just sucks ass.

  • March 13, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Damn you Batman

    by Wazoo

    Damn you Batman

  • March 13, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    I dont have a problem with

    by Redfive!

    I dont have a problem with April fighting.I mean isnt she suppose to be dating Casey Jones now,of coarse shes gonna be a fighter in training. Im just glad it looks good and the Turtles voices are unknowns. I dont know about Mako either,this sucks to say but he defantly wont be back,good or bad.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Plants = Lean Green Reviewing Machines!

    by Err

    TMNT = This year's Little Miss Sunshine!!!

  • March 13, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Damn yous guys

    by Varakor

    ain't u never read the comic? That's what the movie is based off. (not so much the 90's series) April fights? hells yes! She was never supposed to be a reporter in the first place so I am glad they went back to her comic roots. (watch the new cartoon, not that fast forward shat). This movie looks great and i can't wait to see it.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Are you trying to call me a plant?

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    haha. Awesome.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Jesus, it's really come to this

    by Lone Fox

    People that grew up on the cartoon hoping this doesn't screw up their beloved memories. Sucks to be you. May as well rent out the two original movies for all your interest in decent adaptations. And the original comic-books were readily available in the UK. In comic-book stores. Ever been to one? Didn't think so. Coming up: Transformer fans in uproar at Michael B-- oh yeah, done and done.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Affleckcantspell

    by prof_apexx

    I don't trust the review of anyone who thinks "could of" is a word.

  • March 13, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    No sly pop culture references? Can it be?

    by Spandau Belly

    I thought the whole point of cartoons these days is to smash together references above the target audiences heads and then end the plotless film with a sing along to an established pop song hit?<br><br>Maybe those Shrek guys were too busy and so the screenwriters got lazy and just wrote an actual story instead of looking up scenes from Godfather and Flashdance to spoof in random jumbled mess.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Could of

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I don't get it.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Every 3000 years the stars align

    by DiernaSoul

    "Fortunately for him all the beasties that were released end up in New York at exactly the same time for a reason that is never explained and he has to catch them all." Dude...you didn't pay attention apperantly...the explination is that the stars are aligning for the first time in 3000 years and it just happens to be in NY...it's explained in the trailer!! Plus he was made immortal as punishment for releasing the monsters.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Diernasoul(more spoilers, Sorry)

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I may not have the best memory in the world but I know the guy was after being Immortal. His friends were turned to Stoned as punishment, but the guy wanted to be immortal. He later realizes what a curse this actually is. I've seen the film. I know what happens. And just because the stars align above New York doesn't mean the Beasties would be drawn to it and if they are then that's what's not explained. The guy just says they're going to get some visitors soon. But maybe I did miss some thing I had some fucking kid sat behind me squeeking his TMNT ballon.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    "Anyway, back to the bad stuff..."

    by Sullivan Smith

    That made me laugh, whether it was meant to or not.

  • March 13, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I want to be "turned to stoned"

    by Lost Prophet

    that would beat the shit out of work<p>I remember the 90's cartoon, and the turtles do, in fact, blow. They did then, and they do now. BTW- I presume that you are English? as you saw this in london- so why are you Americanising your spelling. (Heh, sorry about that, I'm bored)

  • March 13, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    "So that’s me and the turtles in a nutshell."

    by Nice Marmot

    Come on man, half-shell, HALF-shell. What kind of fan are you???

  • March 13, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Americanized spelling

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I am indeed English but I thought writing for an mainly American audience I'd change my poor speeling to avoid calls like "look at the way the retard spells" and such. It's seems to have backfired and I've been called on it.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    course you have

    by Lost Prophet

    pedantry and mindless abuse are what talkbacks are for. Good try though.<p> In fact, by being English and Americanising your spelling it looks like one of the moron spelling errors that habitual foliage throw in to try to disguise their jungle status. Unlike my legitimate, lazy, spelling and grammar errors<p>Therefore, PLANT

  • March 13, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Yes Plant

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I'm paid big bucks(sorry pounds) to put out a fake review of a movie I thought was OK but some people just won't like. I then continue to to get paid those big pounds(It just doesn't sound as good) to sit and get on the talkback. So being an American Plant trying to be english I fricking love the American dream.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    You're a bit stuffed here

    by Lost Prophet

    Like the life of Brian: "Only the true Messiah would deny it" <p>This is funny and helping to while away a dull work day. Ta.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Ok, Ok I'll try again.

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    I don't mind being called a Plant. It makes no real difference to me. You either listen to my opinion on the film or you don't. It's your call. But my need to get one over on people is over welming so here's me just after the screening. I look like a retard but that's ok. Also my ticket to the screeing in underneath. http://tinyurl.com/24onv4

  • March 13, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Could of...

    by Frijole

    Could have, not 'could of'. Could've, not 'could of'. Not harping your shit. It's a common mistake (albeit a pet peeve) and hardly ruined the review. Just explaining why the other poster was calling you out on it.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Thank you Frijole

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    Thanks for the explanation. I did wonder and now I know.

  • March 13, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    We need a review written all in Cockney rhyming slang.

    by Doctor_Sin

    "Donatello was gonna go 'ave a butcher's."<p>I liked the review, Affleckwasthebomb. Fanx! ;)

  • March 13, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Doctor_sin

    by Affleckwasthebomb

    Cheers me old china.

  • March 13, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    It's cool Affleck

    by TruPhan

    I thought you gave a pretty fairhanded review; no one here seems to be able to believe that a positive (or at least, okay) review of TMNT can be real. 'Course, if your username implies what I think it does, then you already know that Aint it Cool News talkbacks are among the worst in the universe

  • March 13, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    april fighting stinks

    by misnomer

    the whole point was that she reminded the audience just how crazy all this was, and grounded the turtles...kinda making them semi-faux believable in the first movie. big tmnt fan....visuals look cool, but this movie hasnt really got me by the balls like I hoped it would. I guess, theres just too many things in this movie that I would have like to have seen done differently. Doesnt mean its a bad movie of course, will be sure to catch it and keep an open mind.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Meh

    by Raphman

    I'm glad he thought it was okay. But when he said April should've been a reporter, he lost some credibility with me.

  • March 13, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    To dino_hairboy

    by Raphman

    You, know, nothing.

  • March 13, 2007, 6:53 p.m. CST

    April fighting=flames on your mother's batsuit nipples

    by performingmonkey

    That aside, I still like that they've done the movie in this way. Hoping it was going to be this dark R flick was living in dream world. This movie is made for kids, you are not a kid anymore, nostalgia only gets you so far. But there's no way they'll get a chance at a second one, it would have to make huge money for that to be greenlit, and even if it was the studio would make them cut corners and it would suck harder than a 16-year-old virgin, fresh out of Catholic school.

  • March 13, 2007, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Despite the mixed reviews...

    by rbatty024

    I'm still really excited. After this maybe a CGI Mario Brothers movie? You know you want to see it. It can also be a semi-sequel to the live action film. Trust the fungus.

  • March 13, 2007, 10:05 p.m. CST

    I'm really loving what I see.

    by Raphman

    [url]http://media.movies.ign.com/media/150/150340/vids_1.html[/url]

  • March 14, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    They're releasing this in theatres?

    by RainJacket

    I always thought this was going to be some Cartoon Network exclusive or something. Guess not. I didn't realize (realise for our British friend) the Turtles were popular enough to warrant a gen-u-wine feature film, but I suppose I'm out of the loop. Good for them! Back in the day, I saw every cartoon, read all the original comics (even the gay Archie ones that followed), and had every toy. This shit was SpongeBob Squarepants for the early 90's. I spent 30 bucks in quraters on that arcade game of theirs. And I still stand by the original live-action movie. It isn't the Best Movie Ever like it was when I was 10, but it holds up surprisingly well for a movie geared at kids. I guess I'll probably end up seeing this one just for the sake of it being TMNT.

  • March 15, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Your whole race is a plant

    by Mr Arctic

    These guys thought my review (which was superior to this one, btw) was a plant also. they think everything is a plant. i got news for you plant guys: your mothers were plants. in fact, i think you guys who say we are plants are the real plants, sent by the devil to try to tank the TMNT movie.