Sunday, March 24, 2013
ComicsAlliance Reviews 'TMNT' (2007)
Chris Sims: Hello everyone, and welcome back to ComicsAlliance's series of in-depth reviews of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films! Today, we're starting in on our final entry, 2007's TMNT.
Matt Wilson: It was only after we started doing these reviews and people began requesting we review this one that I discovered it ties in to the other movies. It certainly wasn't promoted as a sequel to That One Where They Travel Through Time.
Chris: Same here. I just assumed that it tied into the cartoon that was on the air when it came out. Fourteen years is a pretty long wait for a sequel, but then again, it's pretty easy to see why they didn't want to jump right back in after TMNT III.
Matt: The original plan was to only wait seven years. This movie was first discussed back in 2000, and we can only imagine what could have been. None other than John Woo was attached to direct before it got mixed up in development hang-ups.
Chris: I'm going to try not to be disappointed in this movie now that I know that, but I think we can all agree that John Woo's TMNT would've been something worth seeing. How are you going to fit all those doves in a sewer?
Matt: Michelangelo all sliding across a bathroom floor, shooting bullets out of his nunchucks.
Chris: Ugh. I'm already mad that we're not watching that. But on the other hand, there were a bunch of different plots discussed during development, including sending the Turtles out into space. Fortunately (or not, depending on your views of ninja astronauts), Peter Laird opted not to follow the format of the Leprechaun movies.
Matt: And I guess Ice T wasn't available for skipping right on to what the next Leprechaun movie was. Kevin Munroe, an animation veteran who also helmed the ill-fated Dylan Dog adaptation a couple years ago, ended up directing, and his take on the franchise was that he wanted to get away from the "cowabunga" stuff and tell a more serious story, getting back to the feel of the original comics.
Chris: Apparently it worked: TMNT ended up being #1 in its opening weekend, beating out Zack Snyder's Frank Miller's 300, among other things. I never got around to seeing it, though, although I heard good things.
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