It turns out Gaby is a HUGE fan of the TMNT and she was the first to tell me that it was time to watch it as soon as August 8th rolled around (good thing I didn't tell her we missed the special screening I was invited to!)
I will be honest and say that I went in with very low expectations and almost annoyed at the idea of having to sit through this movie; after all I never was a huge fan of the Ninja Turtles and I thought the movie didn't look too interesting. On top of that, I don't really like Megan Fox's acting and the "human" looking turtles were almost too creepy for my eyes!
Ok.. on the review... the movie is very well executed; the story of the lab-turtles turned teenage-mutant-superheroes is surprisingly captivating. Even though I'm sure some will put this movie in the "cheesy" category, I really liked the fact that the story delves into the past and describes (very well for that matter) how the turtles came to be. It was fun to see all the characters coming together as well as the details of each turtle's personality throughout the movie. The images are so perfect and the turtles are certainly enchanting.
Even though the story has been told before (a villain is trying to take over a city, threaten the well being of its citizens and get rich in the process), I really like the way the classic characters were brought to life and integrated into an action movie, which was surprisingly entertaining.
The action sequences are awesome and the story line makes sense and is easy to follow throughout the whole movie. The movie also features great humor and is light enough for young children to enjoy even though they might not be able to follow some of the more complex dialogues.
I enjoyed the "humanization" of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and also the great message the movie carried..."You can only believe in each other if you believe in yourself".
I'm sure we'll be seeing this movie again (I already made plans with some friends!) and I am happy with my kids for pushing me to go even though I wasn't 100% into it at first.
I will give this one 4 out of 4 stars... it is funny, entertaining, interesting, wholesome and definitely suiting for kids of any age! ;)