3 Things ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2’ Could Have Done Better

Ninja Turtles 2‘ Has Potential But Is Weighed Down By Too Many Characters

There’s something about Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael that brings joy to their fans. Maybe it’s the fact they love pizza or kick-ass but even a messy film like ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out Of Shadows‘ has charm to it.

I’m not the target demographic for this Nickelodeon/Ninja Turtles movie but as a critic, I still have to point out the flaws. There is praises for the film like the wonderful characterizations & striking visual effects. I also appreciate the creators stopping all the unneeded nostalgia but ‘Ninja Turtles 2‘ still needs some work.

Below are three things the movie could’ve done to helped reach every demographic!


Ninja Turtles 2

  • Bigger Action Sequences
    -For a Michael Bay-produced film, I would expect grander action sequences. Aside from the awesome plane scene, the turtles mostly had lackluster encounters. With these live-action adaptions, you’d think you’d get constant fighting. Alas, there isn’t much fighting unless it’s between the brothers. What really let me down was the end fight; it was basically a re-hash from the previous film. Only Krang didn’t make the impact Shredder did. Tweak this fight and it would have changed so much.
  • Way Less Characters
    -I find the characters in the ‘Ninja Turtles‘ universe to be interesting so it’s enjoyable to see a variety within the film. If only the new characters got some screen-time, it wouldn’t have felt like they were lost in the shuffle. The hockey-mask wearing vigilante Casey Jones played by Stephen Amell was reduced to almost nothing. The movie also had too many bad-guys. You couldn’t even invest in one of them. Between Be-bop/Rocksteady, Shredder, and Krang, there is too many lame threats.
  • Focus More On The Brother’s Relationship
    -When forced fighting isn’t happening, the bond between the 4 turtles was so organic. All actors involved embody their characters. Noel Fisher as Mikey is a real standout. While Alan Ritchson’s Raphael gets stuck being just a brute, the orange turtle Mikey shows comedic chops and some heart. If we had more of them working together and being funny, the film would have been easier to get into it.

I’ll totally be there to see ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3‘, my only hope is the films can keep improving. The kids enjoy it but some of the “big kids” wanna have fun to.

Will you be seeing the Ninja Turtles this weekend?

EJ Moreno
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