Brainwaves: Heroes in a Half Shell
For those of you who came to the site expecting to see my post about Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow of G.I. Joe fame, fear not. I will be writing about two of the most popular characters in the G.I. Joe Universe in the future, but after watching the 2014 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was released on Blu-Ray and DVD last week, I felt compelled to change my game plan and talk about Michael Angelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael…
When I first heard there was going to be another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I was not surprised.
The Turtles are already on their third cartoon series. The first started back in the late 80’s (and inspired the original trilogy of movies), the second came in 2003 (the 2007 TMNT animated movie was released during the cartoon’s run) and most recently it was brought back by Nickelodeon, so it was really a question of when not if the Turtles would return to the big screen.
And return they did and there were a lot of unhappy campers.
There were the usual reboot/remake haters.
There were definitely the Michael Bay haters.
And there were the loyalists to the original film that had their mind made up that the film was awful before they even saw 30 seconds of footage from it.
But I’m here to tell you that the movie is good and if you are a fan of the Ninja Turtles you should definitely give it a chance.
One argument against the film is that the Turtles are too tall… unless you have actually exposed baby turtles to “mutagen” and know for certain that said turtles can only grow to a certain height, then you really can’t say for sure how tall a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle should be. I know traditionally they were not as tall as they are in the 2014 movie, but some might argue the point that having bigger turtles made them more believable opposition against an army of grown men and a robotic Shredder.
Personally I appreciated that they were able to weave in the Turtles origin story into their first battle with Shredder and do so in under 2 hours. I loved Captain America: Winter Soldier, but both times I’ve watched (once in the theater and once at home) I ended up with a numb ass. Again I enjoyed the movie, but not every comic book/super hero movie has to be 2+ hours long to get the job done and this year’s Turtles proved that.
I know some fans grew up with the original Turtles movies. I get it. For many of you, Turtles is to you, what the 1978 Superman was to me. It defined my childhood and it will be impossible to match the special bond you have with the film. But even the most die hard fan of the original Turtles movie has to agree that Megan Fox > Judith Hoag.
- Name Change: I decided to dust off the old Brainwaves name, a column I’ve written on other sites over the years, and bring it over to Bulletproof Action after my Straight Shootin’ articles performed well. I look forward to continuing to provide my views and opinions on the world of action entertainment under the Brainwaves banner and this format allowing me more freedom to discuss all things action and not simply argue a certain point of view.
- My Watch List: Looking forward to taking another look at Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann starring Fred Ward. You can expect a Timerider related post later this month. Also, with Christmas this week, I really do need to check out Die Hard and/or Lethal Weapon. And MGM HD has a Martial Arts Movie Marathon on New Year’s Eve and I think it is safe to say we can all use some Sho Kosugi in our lives.
- Fly Cannon Fly: I often wondered why Cannon didn’t get into the whole jet fighter craze of the 1980’s. But apparently they had planned on it and while Iron Eagle had Jason Gedrick and Top Gun had Tom Cruise, Cannon was going to put Michael Dudikoff in their jet fighter! The project is one of many Cannon productions that never got off the ground and I’ve learned about by following the Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films on Facebook. Have I mentioned recently how badly I want to see that documentary?
- Next Time: In my next installment of Brainwaves, I’ll be discussing the acting career of Dave Bautista among other topics. Look for that in early 2015. Thanks for reading and I hope you all enjoy the holiday season!