To clarify, the 2014 remake is the second full-length movie of the Turtles franchise.
The first aired in 1990 and to state ‘this umpteenth telling’ to describe the 2014 remake was either ill-informed, or plain sloppy journalism.
Why did Julian feel that it was necessary to spoil the movie for his readers by giving away one the main plots, which I will not repeat?
Moreover, why did you let his inaccurate and distasteful article go to print?
I agree that the remake emphasised a ‘family theme’; however, Julian should have given greater praise to the director for his efforts in capturing the Turtle’s personalities and choice of voice over actors.
Julian also failed to grab his reader’s attention by mentioning that the movie included a masterfully placed sound bite of the Turtles’ original 1988 theme song.
In addition, he rated the movie three stars, when in fact the movie has grossed nearly $200 million since airing and of that, $65 million occurred in its opening weekend in the United States. That is more than twice what Avatar achieved.
To describe the Turtles movie as looking like Transformers just because they share a director was not appropriate to either fan base.
There was little mention of the superb graphics or presentation of the new Turtles.
If Julian had undertaken proper research, he would have noted that the director purposefully chose to move away from the round edged 1988-1999 figures and opted for the darker, more intense appearances. For example, Julian could have posed to his readers that Splinter has been portrayed more as mutant Rat than loving father/sensei figure.
The reason was to appeal to the fans of the original 1980s/90s Turtle brand while making the movie appropriate for the next generation of fans (pitched at a PG13 rating).
Overall, I was disappointed with Julian’s review and question whether he watched the Turtles properly.