SUMMER MINI-MOVIE REVIEWS

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It’s been a great summer here in Melbourne and being a secondary school teacher means I get a nice long break over christmas and january. I decided to take a break from blogging too. However I did watch a lot of movies on my break and wanted to share my opinions on them. So I culled them altogether and made a list of all the films I watched and briefly what I thought of them. Hope you enjoy. Happy 2015 everyone.

 

Horrible Bosses 2 – 1 Star

A plodding sequel which tries (and fails) to recapture the magic of the far superior original. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudiekis and Charlie Day seem to be in it purely for the paycheck.

Boyhood – 4.5 Stars

Watching a life unfold before your eyes was quite breathtaking. Richard Linklater’s 12 year journey through a young mans life becomes a cinematic masterpiece which shows how special time is and how although it changes it also somehow remains the same. Moments seize us we don’t seize them.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 3.5 Stars

Although it drags and could have been condensed into one film instead of two, Mockingjay Part 1 is still a thrilling sci-fi vision of the future which parallels 2014 with its depiction of media, war and politics. Also the only popular franchise with a strong female lead that I haven’t seen since Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Equalizer – 3.5 Stars

Denzel Washington stars as a brutal vigilante and seriously kicks ass! An enjoyable action film in the vein of Schwarznegger and Stallone 80s classics.

A Madea Christmas – 2 Stars

An enjoyable Christmas flick with corny messages. One for Tyler Perry fans only.

This is Where I Leave You – 2 Stars

Four siblings deal with the death of their father during a seven day Jewish ritual which their mother enforces. The film is a cliched family drama filled with melodramatic twists and turns which is pretty forgettable once the credits roll. Includes an all star cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll and Jane Fonda

Dumb and Dumber To – 2 Stars

An enjoyable comedy sequel that takes place twenty years after the original. It shows as Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels have aged a lot. However there characters Lloyd and Harry are still dumber than ever enjoying prankish each other over doing anything meaningful with their lives. This sequel follows the structure of the original and finds the two on another road trip this time to find Harry’s biological daughter. The film has some fun moments and good lines however doesn’t come close to the classic original.

Bad Words – 3 Stars

Enjoyable comedy in the style of ‘Bad Santa’ where a foul mouthed middle aged loner makes friends with a young indian boy who is picked on by his parents and kids at school. Jason Bateman directs and stars in as a man who has found a loop hole in a children’s spelling bee tournament and has mysterious motives as to why he wants to ruin the competition for the children and their parents.

Belle (2013) – 3.5 Stars

Excellent period drama dealing with the complexities of race during Victorian England. Based on the true story of the painting Belle featuring a black young lady and a white young lady in that time appearing as equals. During the story of this young girl we also get a side story dealing with a ship delivering slaves that killed them all to claim insurance. Brilliant performances from everyone including Tom Wilkinson and especially Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the title character.

Nightcrawler – 4.5 Stars

A shocking and biting look at our current news media. I thought Gone Girl captured this perfectly however this film shows the true ugly side of news journalism and the depths people will go to have a story for the 6 o’clock news. Featuring brilliant cinematography of the LA night and an award calibre performance from Jake Gylenhaal this is one of the bests of 2014.

The Longest Week – 1 Star

A shallow and uninspired film starring Jason Bateman. It uses the style of Wes Anderson and Woody Allen however doesn’t ever come even close to their brilliance. It revolves around an unemployed 40 year old writer living off his parents fortune who all of a sudden begins to lose it all. Set in the beautiful New York City (of Woody Allen’s imagination). Also starring the beautiful Olivia Wilde. Directed by Peter Glanz.

Life Itself – 5 Stars

An inspiring documentary about one of my idols, the late great film critic, Roger Ebert. The film explores Eberts life, his rise through the newspaper Chicago Sun-Times where he became a popular film writer to his television days with his film critic partner/sworn enemy Gene Siskel. However the film truly shines in the scenes dealing with Eberts cancer ridden body and his inspiring effort to keep writing and critiquing although his body continues to restrict him. He shows how you can continue pursuing your passions no matter what life has dealt you. A truly inspiring film about someone who has truly inspired me not only in writing but also in being a good human. This has become one of my favorite films.

Brick Mansions – 2 Stars

Enjoyable action film starring Paul Walker in one of his final roles before his tragic passing. The film has a convoluted plot involving a futuristic housing project which the government is trying to destroy. The story is clearly borrowed (ripping off) the far superior Robocop however it does contain many breathtaking action scenes involving parkour.

Sabotage – 2 Stars

A highly violent crime drama starring Arnold Schwarzenegger involving a group of DEA agents who are more like mercenaries who start getting murdered due to a bust gone wrong and $10 million in missing cash. I enjoy director David Ayer’s brutal style however this is for Schwarznegger fans only.

The Babadook – 4 Stars

What is it with horror films and creepy kids? The Shining, The Exorcist, The Sixth Sense all have kids you don’t want to have as your own. It reveals a primary fear for everyone either being a child or a parent dealing with the horrors of our world is a real horror that can touch us all. On top of that this film is made in Australia so I don’t have that Hollywood air of fantasy to distance myself from the horror, this could be my neighbour! This film is scary for all of these reasons but also it is a very well made and confident horror film. From the acting, directing, cinematography, production design and sound design this is a very polished film. It reminded me a lot of The Sixth Sense; a single mother dealing with her troubled child and losing all control and hope as events unfold around her.

The Interview – 4 Stars

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s controversial latest film is one of their best and most hilarious. The film centers around Franco’s Dave Skylark a popular talk show host (who is also completely vain and insipid) who manages to score an interview with the nefarious dictator Kim Jung Un. Seth Rogen plays his producer who joins him on his journey to North Korea. Before they embark on their trip they are intervened by the CIA and Agent Lacey (the gorgeous Lizzy Caplan) tell them they have to assassinate Kim Jung Un. The film takes no prisoners and isn’t afraid of completely destroying Jung Un’s image. Jung Un is hilariously played by Randall Park. All of the set pieces throughout are hilarious and although Franco is so over the top with his performance I still found him funny. Rogen again plays himself but his chemistry with Franco is priceless. This is the best comedy I’ve seen all summer

Penguins of Madagascar – 3 Stars

An enjoyable action comedy featuring the Penguins from the Madagascar films. Although they weren’t in those films much they were clearly the highlights of those films and became such fan favorites that a spin-off was made. The film revolves around the Penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as they get into misadventures involving a crazy octopus (voiced by John Malkovich) out for revenge on the Penguins. The film is filled with thrilling and hilarious set pieces that will entertain children and adults alike.

Tusk – 4 Stars

A highly disturbing film from writer, director and podcaster Kevin Smith. This film is like a cross between The Human Centipede and The Pink Panther films with Smith’s witty dialogue thrown in. Smith has matured as a director the visuals and editing are used to great effect to build mood and horror. The film is his most personal in years. It centers around a podcaster, Wallace Brighton (Justin Long clearly a stand in for Kevin Smith) who ends up in Canada trying to interview a reclusive storyteller for his podcast. However what he discovers will destroy his life forever. The film is very disturbing (do not watch while eating). However I enjoyed it for its go for broke attitude, Smith’s enjoyable dialogue and the actors involved. Michael Parks delivers a haunting and insane performance and Genesis Rodriguez is strong as Wallace’s girlfriend who goes on the hunt for him. There is a surprise cameo in the third act which is pretty distracting at first and possibly belonged in another film but once you accept it you can go for the ride.

John Wick – 3.5 Stars

An enjoyable action revenge flick with the great Keanu Reeves also making a comeback. Ex-hitman John Wick is retired and widowed when he runs into a spoilt mobsters son during a stop for petrol. He then goes on a war path to get revenge for his beloved dog and car. The film is filled with exciting action sequences with Reeves showing off his physical skills unseen since the Matrix trilogy. One of the best action films of 2014.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – 3 Stars

A pretty lackluster end to the Hobbit trilogy. The film mainly revolves around the lead dwarf Thorin attaining the castle and gold and being corrupted by his treasure. Other factors weigh in such as the men who defeated Smaug the dragon, the elves and the orcs who also wish to claim the wealth of the castle. An enjoyable ride however it never goes beyond the original trilogy or even the far more enjoyable ride of the previous film.

REVIEW: TRANSCENDENCE (2014)

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Max Waters: I spent my life trying to reduce the brain to a series of electrical impulses. I failed. Human emotion, it can contain illogical conflict. Can love someone, and yet hate the things they have done. Machine can’t reconcile that.

Evelyn Castor: Can you?

Max Waters: Yes.

 

Director: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy

Synopsis: A scientist developing a new form of AI technology is shot at a conference. With only moments left to live he uploads his consciousness into his new technology as his wife helps him develop into a new form of artificial intelligence.

Review

A promising plot somewhat similar to last year’s Spike Jonze sci-fi drama ‘Her’, this film unfortunately doesn’t quite reach those heights. Opening with the clichéd narrative trope of the bleak ending we then rewind five years earlier to Johnny Depp’s Will Caster introducing his new technology PINN to a crowd of funders and fans of his work. We are also introduced to his wife Evelyn Castor (Rebecca Hall) who loves him and supports his work. A terrorist cell is also introduced that don’t want technology and computers to advance (for reasons unknown). One of the terrorists shoot Will with a poisonous bullet that makes him slowly die over the next few days. Will wishes to upload his consciousness into his new program and show the world how much his program will change the world.

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What follows is an over complicated clichéd story of the ghost in the machine. We have seen this before in 1993’s Ghost in the Machine and 1995’s Ghost in the Shell and I’m sure countless other science fiction films. This one doesn’t bring anything new to the genre with a plot that is filled with ambition but nowhere to go and a rather lifeless (pun intended) performance from Johnny Depp. This film had a lot of promise with the directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s go to cinematographer Wally Pfister. The film’s visual composition is as beautiful as Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight however he could have used Nolan’s help with the narrative progression. Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany also turn in great performances.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

 

REVIEW: ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971)

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“Wedded” – Angry priest after discovering future apes got married.

Director: Don Taylor

Cast: Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman

Synopsis: After crash landing on earth, Zira, Cornelius and Dr Milo discover a planet ruled by humans.

Review:

After the shocking finale of Beneath the Planet of the Apes, this film had nowhere to go but the time travel route. With shades of Lost Season 5 and Austin Powers this film mixes smart sci-fi with inane comedy.

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The film opens with a spacecraft drifting in the sea. Soon we discover that Cornelius, Zira and (new ape?) Dr Milo have crash-landed on earth in the past, prior to the rise of the planet of the apes. Their destination is in fact the 1970s, with the retro funky soundtrack and comedic tone this franchise has found itself in a new direction, one vastly different to the two films preceding it. It is not for the better, nor the worst, merely an interesting side trip with two characters we have learnt to love over the past installments. From the opening scenes we can see that the ape costume design and make-up effects don’t translate as well in a modern setting away from the post-apocalyptic ape future. Also the apes find themselves in a predicament that is a stark contrast of how the characters were treated in the previous films.

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Zira and Cornelius discover that humans once ruled the earth and find themselves trapped in a zoo only to be tested on and researched. Although not as violently as Charlton Heston’s Taylor was in the original. Soon the two apes are welcomed into society and are the talk of the town as everyone wishes to get to know these two apes.

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Their welcome is soon turned to darker terrain as Dr Hasslein (Eric Braeden), fears for his planets future as Zira confesses how the ape war ended.

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This is smart sci-fi, only it’s mixed with silly humour and obnoxious characters that it can’t succeed as the previous films did. With its lack of action and twists, the film is enjoyable however after the last two entries it fails to rise above.

Rating: 2 Stars

REVIEW: PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

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“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” – Taylor (Charlton Heston)

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Cast: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans

Synopsis: An astronaut and his crew travel light years from earth to crash land on a strange planet inhabited by humanoid apes.

Review:

The sci-fi classic Planet of the Apes has spawned four sequels, a remake and a current reboot, and is still considered the best of the franchise. Based on the Pierre Boulle novel of the same name we are introduced to Astronaut George Taylor played by a bitter cigar chomping Charlton Heston.

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Opening Monologue:

And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We’re now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I’ll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we’ll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space – by our time, that is. According to Dr. Haslein’s theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we’ve aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true – the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed – I hope a better one. I leave the 20th century with no regrets. But one more thing – if anybody’s listening, that is. Nothing scientific. It’s purely personal. But seen from out here everything seems different. Time bends. Space is boundless. It squashes a man’s ego. I feel lonely. That’s about it. Tell me, though. Does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still make war against his brother? Keep his neighbor’s children starving?

Heston’s Taylor is a bitter man who is no longer interested in humanity and wishes for more. Unfortunately he will get more than he bargained for once he reaches his destination.

We are also introduced briefly to his flight crew, John Landon (Robert Gunner), Dodge (Jeff Burton) and Lietenant Stewart (Dianne Stanley) who doesn’t make the destination due to an air leak. Once they arrive on this new planet a century later Taylor continues to speak ill of the people he has left behind on earth, claiming man wouldn’t have made it. Landon believes man has survived but Taylor continuously laughs at him telling him to move on from humanity. The film introduces an interesting perception of the time and the social attitude of the 1960s. Did the creators of this film and the attitude of the people believe that man was no longer worth saving? Should we all abandon hope and move on from earth just as Heston’s Taylor had done. Interesting questions that only the best sci-fi films can ask and this is all in the first fifteen minutes. Looking back at this film from 2014 we all know the classic ending and where the series will go. However this film still holds up. Heston creates a powerful leading man who we follow despite his pessimistic sensitivity to humanity.

Taylor and his crew search the barren lands of this new planet for life and eventually find a small plant and then a pond to take a bath. It is here that the action amps up and the humanoid apes appear. As well as the humans who appear to be savage and dirty just like apes today. As the apes attack and capture the humans, Dodge is shot and killed, Landon taken and Taylor is shot in the throat left without the ability to speak.

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We are then introduced to Dr Zaius, Cornelius and Zira, humanoid apes who can talk and behave just like humans. The costumes for the time must have been amazing however don’t quite hold up today. Most of them look like Halloween masks with the mouths barely moving when speaking and the glue from the faces meeting the hair clearly visible. However none of this matters as we are completely taken in by the characters and plot movements. I could quickly let the effects go by a compelling story and interesting characters who mirror our own society without being too explicit.

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Zira sympathises with Taylor and with her husband Cornelius tries and saves him from his captivity by Dr Zaius. Zaius however is hiding a secret that Taylor wishes to uncover to unlock the key to what happened to the humans and how the apes came to rule. As the film builds towards its shocking climax these questions aren’t quite answered however we know that this is only the beginning of an incredible world that we will see unfold over the course of the next films as well as its remake and reboot. The questions this film asks leaves so many doors opened for further adventures that it is no wonder this franchise has lived on so well. Although only a few directors have been able to take this franchise into the high’s of this original adventure.

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With amazing cinematography, a wired performance from iconic actor Charlton Heston and a gripping tribal like soundtrack this film is truly a classic. One of the best sci-fi films ever created and also the beginning of a wonderful sci-fi franchise.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

REVIEW: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (2014)

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Professor X: Logan, I was a very different man. Lead me, guide me, be patient with me.

Logan: Patience isn’t my strong suit.

Plot Synopsis

In a dark and desolate future mutants are hunted and killed by the indestructible robots named The Sentinals. Professor X and the X-Men plan to transport Wolverine back to the 1970s to stop an assassination that could change the future for the better.

 

Review:

The latest X-Men film reunites the original cast from the early 2000 trilogy with the cast of the recent X-Men: First Class (2011). First Class was set in the 60s and returned to the roots of the X-Men mythology where Charles Xavior became a Professor and Eric Lencher became the evil Magneto. First Class was in my opinion the best X-Men film made. Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) created a pulpy retro adventure with career making performances from James McAvoy (Atonement), Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games). In 2014 these three actors have become A list stars, all nominated for Academy Awards (with Lawrence winning in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook). I wonder why the producers at Fox thought it was necessary to bring back the original cast of Patrick Stewart (Star Trek), Ian McKellan (The Hobbit), Halle Berry (The Call) and Ellen Page (Juno) who have somewhat fallen off the A list in recent years. If they had done a direct sequel to First Class and included all of the 70s set story found in this film, I believe the film could have been tighter and far more enjoyable with the opportunity to investigate these characters further and explore the wonderful retro setting. This film works best when it’s in the 70s and we follow the young Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique.

The most enjoyable scene takes place in the Pentagon where our heroes attempt to break out Magneto from an underground prison. The introduction of the enjoyable Quicksilver (Evan Peters) allows for some much needed humour and a clever slow motion sequence to follow. Unfortunately Quicksilver disappears without an explanation soon after.

The films tone is episodic and fragmented and is filled with ‘moments’ rather than fluid continuity. The scenes in the future are where the film really lacks. The future scenes are too dark and filled with unknown characters quickly getting killed by the sentinals. The action doesn’t add up to anything entertaining and the characters aren’t evolved enough for us to care. The future sequences aren’t needed and don’t add to the film overall except for give closure to the fans who are still upset about X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) which killed off a lot of the fan favourite lead characters.

My review may sound negative but the scenes in the 70s revolving around Professor X, Magneto, Mystique and Wolverine are the best in the franchise. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is excellent as usual. His character has become the star of the series appearing in every X-Men film so far with two solely based on his character. He appears very comfortable in his role and has time to have some fun in this film instead of his usual brooding. James McAvoy has also grown comfortable in his role as the young Professor X. His struggle with his new addiction and coping with the loss of his school and students is heartbreaking and makes his redemption all the more satisfying. Michael Fassbender doesn’t have enough screen time as he did in First Class however he still excels as the tormented villain. A persona he has perfected in his previous roles from Shame (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). Jennifer Lawrence was also terrific as Mystique. Lawrence has been getting a lot of critical acclaim over the past few years. I’ve enjoyed the Hunger Games films but I didn’t think she deserved all the attention. However in this film she has brought real emotional depth to the broken character of Mystique. Mystique is still torn between her former mentor Professor X and her new dangerous mentor Magneto. Magneto saw the anger inside of her and knew that she shared his hatred for what the humans had done to their people. He has unleashed her on to the world and now can’t control her as he watches her travel on a path of destruction. Her Mystique is possibly the best character in the film. You can’t keep your eyes off her.

With solid direction from Bryan Singer (returning to the franchise after 2003’s X2) and amazing special effects, X-Men: Days of Future Past succeeds as a solid summer blockbuster however next time just stick with the past.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Review: Neighbors (2014) (US Title) aka Bad Neighbours (Australian Title)

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Plot Synopsis: Young new parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) struggle when their new neighbours turn out to be a fraternity crew.

Review:

I am a big Seth Rogen fan. I love most of his raunchy comedies from Knocked Up (2007) and Superbad (2007) to last years This Is The End, his comedies all revolve around young men struggling to become mature adults. His characters tend to hold on to their youth. Enjoying video games and weed instead of working proper jobs and supporting their girlfriends/spouses. Recently Rogen has grown up somewhat as last years meta-comedy This Is The End showed a new side to his persona and with Bad Neighbours we see Rogen finally accepting his role as an adult.

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Rogen plays Mac, the average Rogen character, self-deprechating, shallow, smokes weed, loves television and has a hot girlfriend. His character Mac is recently married to Kelly (Rose Byrne, playing in her native Australian tongue) and has a six month old baby. The opening scene introduces the audience to the films raunchy nature right away as the couple tries to have spontaneous sex only to be interrupted by their baby watching. We can see that the two are still struggling with their new lives as parents and yearn for their years of partying and living carefree. When they decide to go out they take so long preparing the baby for the trip that they get tired and fall asleep. Being a new father myself I can empathise with their predicaments.

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Things turn quickly for the couple as their new neighbours turn out to be Teddy (Zac Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) two fraternity brothers. They have their fraternity behind them and prepare the house for parties and debauchery. Mac and Kelly worry about the noise they’ll start however don’t want to be the prude neighbours calling the police. What ensues is a game of cat and mouse as Mac and Kelly try and get Teddy and his crew to move out. The ongoing capers that follow are highly enjoyable and anyone who loves Seth Rogen and his previous raunchy comedies won’t be disappointed in what is delivered here.

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Zac Efron  sheds his Disney image by playing the bad boy who is so obsessed with his fraternity and partying that he struggles with deciding on a career path. Dave Franco (James brother) also plays well against Efron and shows his comedy potential after his breakout role in 21 Jump Street (2012). Jerrod Carmichael as Garf provides a great breakout performance and I look forward to seeing him in the future.

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Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) provides the film with a heavy party spirit. Providing the frat house party scenes with all the strobe lights and club music to make you feel the frat house nature. Overall the film is a success and can be added to the list of the superior comedies over the last few years.

Rating: 4 Stars

Google Alerts: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer Review

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Google alerts is a free and easy way of keeping track of topics without having to search your favourite sites every hour for the latest news. I set up my Google Alerts to notify of news regarding three things of interest to me. They are:

  •          Marvel films 2014
  •          Ninja turtles film 2014
  •          Christopher Nolan

My first alert regarding ‘Marvel films 2014’ will warn me about films based on Marvel comics which are coming out this year. Google alerts sends a notification to my gmail alerting me of the latest news regarding Marvel’s four big blockbusters including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy. As excited as I am to see these four films it was actually the topic of my second alert which caught my attention this morning.

Since I was a child I have loved the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. I watched the late 80s – early 90s cartoon religiously.

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I also saw all three live action films at the movies and still find myself watching them for a laugh nearly every year.

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I listed this topic as my second alert because news regarding the new film had been minimal. However this morning my Google alert for ‘Ninja Turtles film 2014’ gave me an email directing me to the latest trailer.

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I have to say I am pretty excited for the film after seeing this footage. Although the reaction online has been quite polarising, I am happy with what I saw. I believe the studios have gone in the right direction with Michael Bay as producer. He brought another 80s classic cartoon, Transformers back into today’s pop culture and for all those films flaws, they have made a ton of money and are enjoyable popcorn films. The trailer for the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, introduces a new origin story for the turtles. As William Fichtner’s narration suggests that he and April O’Niel’s father were responsible in creating the mutants. The trailers aesthetic is similar to Bay’s Transformers films, with lots of quick cuts of action unfolding and rare glimpses of the turtles. It shows a city under attack and a new larger scale unseen in previous Turtle films. The trailer ends with a reveal of Leonardo and Michaelangelo as he tells April that “It’s just a mask, see?” as he takes off his orange head band naïve to what she’s really afraid of. This shows that they are keeping Michaelangelo’s trademark humour and innocence.

Overall I think a new look and new direction for the Turtles is what’s needed to bring them back into today’s pop culture. The last time we saw the turtles in cinemas in TMNT (2007), the studio decided to disregard the live action element of the earlier films and have them in an animated film. Although the animation allowed the characters to have a more fluid sense of action the film flopped. The only way to bring them back was through mixing CGI with live action. A concept that was too advanced for the early 90s puppet/animatronic featured films. I think that this new film will reintroduce the turtles to today’s audiences who love Transformers and Marvel’s superhero blockbusters. The time is right for the turtles to return to the big screen with Nickelodeon having a hit animated TV show on at the moment. I think this film could be a hit and hopefully we can see the Turtles back in action for years to come.