(This review may contain spoilers).
Although it didn’t really stick well in my mind, I did actually quite enjoy the first film and I was quite eager to see this one… even though, while watching, I felt that a lot of the conflicts from the first movie were recycled.
While I did watch the cartoon series of TMNT as a child, I only really remember bits and pieces of it and the original movies. I do like the look of the turtles and it was cool to see that each of their different personalities came through well.
I enjoyed seeing Casey Jones, even though I wasn’t sure whether I should be taking his character seriously or not. The use of the hockey stick/mask was pretty cool… and I did have a bit of a fangirl moment of, ‘I’ve met him!’ about the actor, Stephen Amell.
In this movie, I didn’t find Shredder quite as creepy, as he spent most of the movie unmasked. I would have liked to see a bit more about how the ooze worked… and while I’m sure that wasn’t its official name, it was kind of funny to hear the characters all refer to it the same way.
Despite the arrangement the turtles had with Vernon, I really didn’t like him through most of the movie and I especially felt sorry for Mike, as he came across as the youngest and the one who most wanted to fit in. Out of all of the turtles, I felt that he (and Raph, to a certain extent) was the one who didn’t feel like he fit in.
There was a lot of humour in this movie and I also liked that there was a lot of tension. I would have perhaps wanted to see more of the turtles’ relationship with Splinter, but it was good to see him appear, however briefly.
I did kind of see some of the things happening towards the end, especially given what the bad guys are usually like. And there was little to no depth to the villains… even though Rocksteady and Bebop did provide some elements of comic relief.
I’m not sure I’d buy this movie on DVD, even though I did enjoy watching it. If there’s another movie in the series, though, I probably will see it.