The movie that changed it all! The one and only OG movie that changed the entire game and took over kids lives, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990's movie! What a time to be alive as a kid, with the ninja turtles cartoon, the comics, the amazing toys, but what came after that we never expected. The live action film of our favorite comic book heroes at the time, the cartoon icons, were coming to the big screen and I still remember seeing the sick but weird ass trailer and just couldn't suppress my excitement for that movie! I still remember seeing it in the theaters, well, vaguely, I do remember seeing it twice, once with my father, uncle, and cousin, in a line that felt like two hours. The line went around the building, it was a much see movie and we weren't going to miss out on this experience, I mean I was Leonardo and my cousin was Michelangelo, so why would we miss our own movie!?
The Ninja Turtles pretty much took over life for me at that point in time and it's still a part of my life now, probably to the day I die I'll remain a kid like fan. That's okay right? So was it all it was cracked up to be? Was it the epic culmination of everything that built it up to be? YES!
The story of April O'Neil as a television news reporter trying to get to the bottom of the mysterious crime wave in New York City sets the tone for what's to follow, a mugging on O'Neil herself. Everything up to this point shows awesomeness, the music, the tone which was a darker version of Ninja Turtles than we were used to, although the original comic was pretty violent. The lights go out and all you hear is the sounds of fighting and Mikey saying, "Woah", before the cops show up and the scene is lit up with baddies all tied up. That's how it fucking started! Ninjas from the shadows beating on the crooks and leaving them for the cops to take in. As a Cop I'd like to think I'd have some god damn questions like, "What in the ever living hell just happened here?" Little things in the movie that made no sense can just be pushed off into oblivion because It was entertaining and fun, that's all I wanted.
The voice actors of the Ninja Turtles fit perfectly, like when I hear the voices in my head, the OG Movie Turtle voices are the one's I hear. Judith Hoag was perfect casting as April, loved what she brought to the table as an actress, she was one of the best things about the film. Elias Koteas as Casey Jones, again perfect casting. I loved his character which brought some gritty action, comedy, and a little romance in the film. Hoag and Koteas had pretty fun chemistry in the movie, especially when arguing like an old married couple. Toshishiro Obata as Tatsu also killed it, he was a bad ass, the second in command of the Foot, and he's got some violent issues he needs to work out. James Saito as Shredder, top tier casting, the voice, the movements, the intense eyes, everything about him screamed "Perfect"!