October 6th 2014 23:15
To be honest, I wasn't expecting a lot from this latest incarnation of TMNT. I'm not a huge fan of director Michael Bay's work and I had fears he was going to ruin some cherished childhood memories. And I was right.
But that's not to say Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a bad film. In fact, I rather enjoyed it. It simply wasn't the Turtles of my childhood. And that's OK. Yes, the heroes in a half shell look very different to the ones I grew up with - they're a lot bigger and meaner-looking - but I understand the need to update the franchise for a new generation.
Plot-wise, it's somewhat of an origin story, and we find out exactly how the Turtles came to be. Naturally, the evil Foot Clan is at work in New York, which is how the Turtles come into contact with Channel 6 reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern (Will Arnett). It soon transpires that fearsome Foot Clan leader The Shredder is working with someone close to April to spread a deadly virus throughout the city in order to seize control by offering mutagen extracted from the Turtles as a cure. Many battles - and an awesome impromptu lift rap - ensue.
All in all, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun film that reinvigorates the franchise. And if you watch it at a drive-in with a good friend and box of popcorn, like I did, you'll be creating more good memories that involve Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo. And Splinter. Can't forget Splinter.