My 50 Favorite Flicks • #14

T-U-R-T-L-E POWER…You all knew it was coming!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Yes, here it is, on of my favorite movies ever.  You all know my dislike for the new TMNT film and this isn’t the forum to bash it. This is a place of happiness and appreciation of a “good” TMNT movie.  The original took it’s source material, not from the cartoon, but from the dark gritty comic.  We are given a very aesthetically dark New York City, a gross grimy sewer, and a really brutal villain in The Shredder.  The story gives us a lot of unique character personalities including Danny who we can follow between the foot clan and the turtles. April has a take no shit personality. The four turtles are all distinct and have a believable relationship amongst each other.  Casey Jones, who looks badass.  The Shredder who looks doesn’t shed emotion until pushed to the point.  And the foot clan, who are traditional ninjas that train kids to join the ranks.  It all works together so well, and you get a real sense of fear in the climax on the roof.  The sequels were clearly geared toward the cartoon fanbase, but I am so happy that we got this film, this perfect perfect film.  TURTLE POWER!

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