I think I mentioned this before but I was pretty big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was growing up. I was never into the original TMNT comics but I do remember reading a few of the comics in the early 90s. While those two were pretty close visually but they were very different from the live-action Ninja Turtles movies of the early 90s. Since then, TMNT has kept going and 2014 marks 30 years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
To mark that occasion, the folks at Buy Costumes have put together a look at the changing visuals of the Ninja Turtles over the last 30 years.
Well, we’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and… I’m willing to say that it’s not the TMNT that I grew up with. For all the talk about how it looks gritty like the 80s comics, all I see is another generic Michael Bay blockbuster movie. Buildings falling, explosions, excessive use of CGI, a lead actress there for her looks rather than acting. Those are all Bay trademarks and Bay movies tend to make a lot of money but also tend to be critical duds.
I’ve never really been a fan of the live action TMNT movies. They struck me as a mix of stoner movies and 90s teenage clichés. This, so far, looks to be less stoner and more generic blockbuster action. Maybe that’ll make it more tolerable. At least the turtles are mutants rather than aliens. Also, where are Splinter, Shredder and Krang?
So am I the only one that watches this trailer and goes “uh oh?”