Get ready for some brotherly comedy and turtle action in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows. With Dave Green helming this mega-sequel, Megan Fox and Will Arnett return to star, with stars like Tyler Perry, Stephen Amell and Lauren Linney joining the cast to round out an all star cast for this action packed film. With a great combination of comedy and action this latest turtles film is the perfect family trip to the movies, where everyone will be entertained and walk away with a smile on their face. It’s got a little of something for all ages, from Leo’s more stern humor to Michelangelo’s goofy disposition about everything, making it a well rounded film that kicks June off with a bang.
Following closely after the first film, the turtles are living life and training in New York City. The film opens up with the reveal that Vernon was given all the credit for bringing down Shredder a year earlier. With help from April, the team is alerted to trouble brewing as Dr. Baxter Stockman is helping Shredder break out of prison and bring chaos to Earth, with a surprising and unlikely ally, Krang. With the help from Krang, Shredder and Dr. Stockman are able to make mutants of their own Rocksteady and Bebop, to face off against the turtles. It’s a race against time for the turtles to stop Shredder and Krang from their master plans of taking over Earth and stopping Krang from enslaving the human race.
Out of the Shadows definitely starts out quick and keeps you interested form the very first moment. With fun music and 90s references through the entire film, it takes the older fans back to their childhood when they really enjoyed watching the turtles on VHS and on Saturday morning cartoons. The story has been changed a bit though, for those die hard fans. Changes include Casey Jones’ (Amell) back story, which was originally that he was just a vigilante in New York City who ends up teaming up with the turtles. Yet in this film, Jones is a hot head corrections officer who is responsible for losing Shredder, during his transit from one prison to another. He is put on leave from work after the incident and decides to hunt down Rocksteady and Bebop on his own, which brings him to the role of vigilante (although most of us were waiting for him to put paint on his eyes and grab a bow and arrows rather than a hockey stick). With his trusty hockey stick, and later some great roller blades, Casey holds his own with the turtles, keeping up and helping them bring down Krang and Shredder.
Overall, the film is a lot of fun and is definitely a wild ride. You won’t be disappointed from this film, and it’s definitely one that you can take your kids to and both of you will walk away with a smile on your face and crying “Cowabunga” together. For classic fans, wait until the credits, because they bring it back for us older fans with a bit of classic music most of us knew by heart.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you thought of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows.
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