Lets be honest, since the trailer hit awhile back for this CGI action flick, many people where a bit annoyed with the premise. Some thought it would be darker and others thought that the movie would have a great villian. Seriously, the trailer was a let down both story-wise and visually. Many embraced the CGI concept, myself excluded. When I saw the trailer I felt a bit let down, I could look past the CGI due to my love for CGI. Sadly, the movie was a bit of a letdown as well, but without a few glimmers of hope.
First, lets start with the subject at hand. TMNT is a continuation of the last three live-action movies. There is a great scene at the end of the movie where Splinter puts up a souvenir from the battle that just insued. Along with this you see Shredder's helment, the cracked container that held the Ooze and the magical scepter that transported our reptilian friends to ancient Japan. Speaking of portals and time. TMNT sort of rips of TMNT III as it has a general feel of acient times.
As the movie starts we hear it is being narrated and telling us a story of how a warrior and his family opened a gate to another world and 13 monsters came out and reaked havoc on the earth. Then we find Leo in Central America trying to train himself to be a better leader per Splinters request. April, who is no longer a reporter and is now a....um.......Tomb Raider?....is finding artifacts....actually large statues for a man named Max Winters who wants them so he can awaken them to catch the 13 montsters that wreak havoc on the world (yet no one hears of them until the Turtles unite) Anyways, Leo save a small village from a ruthless tyrant and April using her reporting skills tracks leo down. April then tells Leo that the other turtles are lost without him and we get a nice and humerous montage of what they have been up too and how they all had different lives. Of course Leo coming back would reunite them. One thing that bothered me with this montage is that it reminded me a lot of Ghostbusters II and how they had different things going on and then were reunited as well. Anyways Max Winters is betrayed by the statues (which is his own family resurrected.) because they do not want to be mortal. The Foot clan is in the movie as hired help for Max Winters. Max Winters is not the villian in this movie, and neither are the foot. The Four Statue men and woman are along with the 13 montsters. Kind of. Of COurse the Turtles save the day and we are in fr a sequel due to the leader of the foot, Karai stating that someone from the turtles past will return shortly, obviously meaning Shredder. I am sure EVERYONE saw this coming because I sure did.
There are many questions regarding this movie, why do we have to go through the Leo and Raph dispute again? We saw this in the first one. Why revisit this? How can monsters be roaming NY city for 3000 years with no one knowing and all 13 monsters are in NY and they are only coming out when the Turtles are coming out of semi-retirement? Did I miss something or was the small monster that fights Raph in the diner not the 13th monster? They talked about not getting the 13th monster so they could be immortal and then we see the small monster Raph fights. then at the end of the movie we see a huge monster they have to find in order to break the "curse". How can ONE Stone soldiers easily defeat a monster the turtles could barely fight and yet cannot breakthrough a door? A door attached to a wood frame? And how could Casey and Raph keep the door closed? If Max Winters has lived in NY how does he not know of the Ninja Turtles? So on and so forth.
Overall the movie lacked in many things. II have to get to the CGI. To me, it was horrendous at times and then ok at times. Honestly, this movie should have been a live action movie. The jungle scene with leo hiding would have been awesome if it were live action. The movie just felt so cartoonish and well, poorly conceived at times. It had a lot of pontential, but there was a huge lacking of imagination. The story would have worked better if Max Winters (who is over 3000 years old) was fighting the monsters and protecting earth and was tiring of this and wanted them banished and wanted to be released from his prison of immortality. Not have 13 monsters roaming earth and yet no one knows. Also, have glimpse of shredder. something like Shredder telling Karai that she has done well and it is time for him to reclaim NY city, then the movie ends.
The movie had great moments as well. The scene I spoke of earlier with the souvenirs is great. Casey Jones and April live together, Mikey snoring and exhaling 'dude'. the movie had some good morals and some nice humor. The movie was not the worse but it is by no means a winner. I still think live-action is the way to go. CGI is great, but leave it to the pros like Pixar, Blue Sky and Dreamworks. It is hard for me to look past some of the overlooked sequences (there is a scene when Raph fights the small monster in the diner, the fridge falls on the small monster and then bursts out through the back, yet there is no hole. Attention to detail means attention to something you care about. It it sad when it is overlooked, goofs are one thing....but how can you miss that?)
If you want a good Turtles movie watch the originals, even the III. this movie is more of a TV special movie. Nothing about this movie said GREAT. It said "Hey, just checking in, but I gotta go. Later."