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Another movie update, the first trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has recently surfaced. Check it out below.
I gotta say that I've been keeping a close eye on this flick because I'm an old-skool Turtles fan, and I'm extremely skeptical about this reboot under the influence of Michael Bay. (Granted he's the producer this time, but still.) Remember when it was first announced that the Turtles would be aliens that arrived on Earth? Yeah, I'm glad the fan backlash convinced them to ditch that idea.
This is only the first trailer, but I'm surprised how much Turtles exposure we get here. I thought the trailer would be a bit more conservative this early before the release. We get a good look at Leonardo and Michaelangelo, as well as April O'Neil who I feel is poorly represented by Bay's bimbo, Megan Fox. Leo seems okay as the stern leader of the group, appearing taller and more heavily built than his previous incarnations. But by the nose of Moses, Mikey looks absolutely HIDEOUS! With his beady eyes and flat face, he looks more like a human wearing light Turtle prosthetics. I'm getting a disturbing Uncanny Valley feel from him.
I'm not keen on where the story is going either. All traces of the characters' Japanese roots seem to have been expunged as both Shredder and Splinter are American. This comes off as a case of typical Hollywood whitewashing that is bound to alienate fans of the series, especially since it makes no sense when they use traditional Japanese martial arts. It seems the writers are ditching the alien backstory and replacing it with another that's just as disrespectful to the series.
*sigh* These ugly changes make me wonder why filmmakers can't seem to meet the standards of the first Turtles movie from 1990. It may seem a bit dated, especially in the martial arts department, but it had a good story that focused on the family troubles that teenagers go through. Splinter and Shredder acted as moral foils throughout the movie, trying to raise their brood to fulfill their potential. I think Shredder in that film was the best representation of him to date, portraying him not as a comic book villain, but as an underworld crime boss who acquires and trains runaways to join the Foot Clan. Casey Jones was also a total badass, evoking the same tough rebel image as John Bender did in The Breakfast Club.
After that, the sequels just got worse. I don't think I need to remind anyone of the travesty of the third movie. The series got a CGI makeover for "TMNT" in 2007. While it got a decent reception from fans, I wasn't too keen on it. I liked the look of the Turtles and the relationship they share, but the outlandish plot that dealt with monsters and mythical beings from the past just turned me off. Yes, I realize the Turtles dealt with this sort of stuff all the time in the TV shows, but I was hoping for something a bit more down-to-Earth and serious like the first movie. Oh, I also hated the inexplicable 'mad skillz' of April and the lighter portrayal of Casey Jones. "Turtles Forever" was pretty good, but I think the writers went out of their way to poke fun at the 80's cartoon we grew up with. Grrr!
So getting back to this new film, I maintain that all the writers had to do was follow the template set down by the first movie, give it a bit of 21st century shine and put it in cinemas. If they could reproduce the heart of that film with the Turtles' designs from TMNT, they could have a potential winner on their hands. But from what I've seen, this reboot has neither the visuals nor the substance to keep this old fan happy. Not a good sign. What are your thoughts on it?
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Current Residence: Kicking around North London Favourite genre of music: 80's rock. Legends never die! *doffs hat to 80's flag* Favourite photographer: Uh.... I'll get back to you on this one. Stay tuned, folks! Favourite style of art: Does the luminous, plasticised style of "Tron" count? Operating System: Windows 7 on a 1.7Ghz crashable laptop MP3 player of choice: Winamp Shell of choice: Armour-piercing shells Wallpaper of choice: You don't want to know.... Skin of choice: Human. It sticks to my flesh better. Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny. What's up, doc? Personal Quote: I never make the same mistake twice, but I always make every mistake once.
Favorite visual artistToo many to pick. Just check my friends list.Favorite moviesTransformers: The MovieFavorite TV showsTron Uprising, Avatar, The Legend of Korra, The Looney Tunes Show, 80's cartooonsFavorite bands / musical artistsJean Michel Jarre and Mike OldfieldFavorite booksFoundation, the Robots series, Dragon's Blood, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, 1984Favorite writersIsaac AsimovFavorite gamesZelda: Majora's MaskFavorite gaming platformNintendo 64. Still has the best conventional controller ever.Tools of the TradePhotoshop CS5, openCanvas 5.5 and SAI 1.1Other InterestsCrushing hopes, destroying dreams and hurting small animals that can't fight back.