TMNT: Out of the Shadows
The 90s nostalgia just doesn't want to end. This week, Arthur and I head Back to the Movies with a look at the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, directed by Dave Green (Earth to Echo). Much like last week's episode involving X-Men: Apocalypse, this episode featured much reminiscing. Well, for Arthur anyway. Admittedly, my Turtle Nostalgia is quite minimum.
This newest entry in the Turtle Franchise is another attempt to capitalize on a series that dates back to the 80s and as cycled in and out of popularity for nearly 30 years. Can it rise above it's predecessor? Or is Michael Bay's talons sunk in too deep? Picking up where the last film left off, the Turtles are still unable to come out and play for fear of becoming icons of fear. As this raises tensions within the team, a sinister new force threatens the world by enlisting the help of the Shredder and Baxter Stockman as well as a couple of new heavies. But the Turtles aren't alone as they're once again backed by April O'Neil and a new hero on the streets, Casey Jones. Can the Turtles overcome the odds and save the day, or will Shredder finally make turtle stew?
Much like the film *Spoiler Alert* this show is stretched thin. Arthur and I do the best with what we've got. We both spend a good deal of time elaborating on the baggage that we bring to this film, for better and for worse. Yet, I feel that we are still able to have a smart conversation about such a middling film.