Those turtles are back again with a sequel from the 2014 hit ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’. I was surprised by the first film. Was it good? No. But it was enjoyable, despite its flaws. Does the sequel build from the previous outing or does it follow the sequel curse, let’s discuss.
The sequel follows a year after the events of the first film where a scientist named Baxter Stockman is trying to use his teleportation machine to teleport Shredder out of the prison bus. Knowing about Shredder’s escape, it’s time to stop Shredder’s latest plan, which involves aliens and moving ships. Gear up turtle fans, this sequel is going to get bumpy.
The follow-up has enjoyable parts, some of Mickey’s humour is spot-on, and I really liked the rift between the turtles as they all disagree and see different points of view. I just wished that part wasn’t so glossed over and have an abrupt ending as they skip the resolution of this team conflict. Megan Fox is Megan Fox, she is okay, she gets the job done as April O’ Neil and Will Arnett was better and had some of the best lines in the movie, surprisingly. Although, if you are a diehard ‘Turtles’ fan, you are going to like the references that only true fans will notice.
However, while there are good parts, overall I felt disappointed. The sequel has way too cartoony villains like Bebop and Rocksteady, and another villain which I won’t spoil as this character wasn’t in the trailer, made certain scenes unwatchable. I have no idea why Shredder was in this movie. He did nothing. He turned Bebop and Rocksteady as animals, that’s it. That’s all he did. He didn’t even have an awesome action scene, like he had in the first film against master Splinter.
‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’ has some moments of fun and humour, but for the most part, it’s just far too silly and missing on some kick-butt action scenes, that the first has plenty of.