So back in March the internet erupted with moaning about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot trailer. While people crying on the interwebs is nothing new, it was hard not to agree with all the bitching that ranged from Michael Bay’s involvement and the weird look of the turtles, to the odd casting of badass William Fichtner as Shredder. I’ll admit to not being convinced myself.
Since then, Paramount have released the odd uninspired poster, and the whole world has generally been completely “meh” about the whole affair. That was until the last trailer got released.
Okay so I am put off by the stupid wubwubwub dubsteb used, but which action film these days doesn’t use this stupid music in their trailers?
Jonathan Liebesman’s TMNT is shaping up to be quite the action prospect. Now we’re over the “I hate how the turtles look” phase, we’re going to have to get to grip with how they sound. Thanks to the trailer we can see that they’re each much more distinctive than their various coloured bandannas would suggest.
Voiced by Johnny Knoxville (The Last Stand), Leonardo is calm, rationale and the clear leader. Michelangelo (Noel Fisher – Red), is playful, Donatello (Jeremy Howard – Men in Black 2) is retarded, and Raphael sounds like Ice T (but is actually played by Alan Ritchson from Hunger Games Catching Fire).
Megan Fox is thankfully downplayed this time, and the focus is exactly where it needs to be – on the turtles. Yet seeing Fitchtner speaking to a mysterious, shadowy figure is also interesting. Is he really going to be Shredder? Is he going to guzzle the mutagen or something to turn him into the hulking warrior? Or is it going to be something else?
We’d seen a glimpse of the uber new Shredder a few weeks ago. Seeing him in action, and it’s difficult to see him as a nimble super ninja. He’s more the super silver samurai dude from the Wolverine movie. I bet I can guess how he’ll be defeated too – he’ll be too powerful to face head-on, so they’ll have to out work him, like a lightweight sparring a heavyweight. Either that, or his ultra powers will get the better of him, similar to Akira (but quite less spectacular, I imagine).
As long as he just doesn’t fall into a trash compactor, I’ll be happy.
The tone is also shaping up to be good, with equal parts funny (I like the not being aliens reference at the end), and equal parts dark action. This is what the franchise needs, something that mirrors the original live action adaptation.
Look I’m not going to eat all my words yet. Each time we’ve seen a new Transformers trailer, we get our hopes up. And each time they’re dashed like the poor brains of an old man rag-dolling down a rocky mountain. This will probably be the same. But we can dream, can’t we? We can dream of a good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film, right?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is released on August the 8th.