Review: Cowabunga!

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From left to right. Michelangelo, Leonardo, April O’Neil (Megan Fox), Raphael . All five take center stage in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ released earlier this summer.

By Raffaele Fusulan
A&E Editor/Spectator

It’s been seven years since the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” last graced the big screen. In 2007, a computer animated film version was released, but the latest movie, with actual actors in it, dates back to 1993.

This year “TMNT” went big and decided to mix computer generated imagery (CGI) with actual actors.

The result was very impressive and very dynamic action. The movie actually starts away from the turtles,  with April O’Neil trying to get her chance at a breakthrough story that would give her a more appreciated role for her Channel 6 news company.

Her persistence leads her to the turtles, which leads to an even bigger secret that only their master, the rat Splinter, is aware of.

The intro to the plot was interesting and the approach taken to introduce the various protagonists and characters was subtle.

By not throwing everything at you at once, it took a good amount of time to develop the storyline. It feels very connected to the original cartoons, but it is slightly altered to fit this remake.

The turtles being CGI felt really well designed and directed. The four main characters — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo — stayed true to their original personalities.

The voices behind the protagonists were Johnny Knoxville, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher respectively.

All the turtle brothers were funny throughout the movie, but Michelangelo in particular stood out and it was always entertaining to listen to him joke around. All the turtles had a very detailed physical appearance and a lot of work was put into the details of each ninja.

The movie never took too much of a dramatic disposition (it didn’t take itself too seriously), because even in the most treacherous situations, the morale of the team was always high and jokes were being thrown out left and right.

April O’Neil, played by Megan Fox, showed determination in achieving her goals and never backed down, even when trouble would arise. Fox acquitted herself quite well with the new sort of role.

Their wise master Splinter, voiced by Tony Shalhoub, was a completely astounding fighter. Even though he showed more age than his “sons” he was still capable of defending himself effortlessly from waves of enemies.

Shredder, played by Tohoru Masamune, on the other hand, was a ruthless warrior that would do anything to achieve his goals. His suit aesthetically looks really similar to the cartoons, but a lot more menacing and dangerous.

The action scenes through-out the movie was filled with lots of computer generated martial art scenes that looked really cool.

The various slow motion parts were adopted properly.

They were not abused, instead they were used at the right time for the right part.

Michael Bay was the producer for the movie and the final result felt very familiar to his previous movies such as the “Transformers” series.

Even though a majority of the main cast is CGI there is no reason to bash on it. After all, nowadays many movies utilize the computer generated imagery.

As time progresses so do technology, therefor the producer didn’t think it was necessary to put actors in costumes.

Paramount recently announced a sequel is set to be released on June 3, 2016.

Raffaele Fusulan is the arts editor for The Spectator. He can be reached at