By Matthew McKibben | March 27, 2014
This trailer kind of depresses me. I am a huge fan (via my kids) of the Nickelodeon cartoon currently running. The Nickelodeon show has nailed the style and humor of the turtles and for me it’s the definitive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This movie? It’s like driving down the street and seeing one of your kids huffing paint. I’m not completely selling my TMNT stock as it’s just a teaser, but they seem to have the style all wrong. For one, Shredder is a blonde-haired dude when in the past he’s been a former Ninja-style assassin from Japan. But more importantly, I don’t think the Ninja Turtles need the Christopher Nolan by way of Michael Bay treatment. This trailer is so bad, that I’m actually buying Megan Fox as April O’Neil. But, beyond all else, the look of the Turtles themselves is just weird and borderline scary. I expect a mild geek freakout over this trailer and am curious to see how they change things around for the second trailer.
Any time you find yourself asking “why” certain things happen in this trailer, just remember the “fuck you, pay me” scene from Goodfellas and think about it coming from Michael Bay’s mouth.