DVDCorner’s Ranking Of The TMNT Films
As a lifelong TMNT fan, my anticipation for “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” is growing by the day. While I’m not expecting it to be a masterpiece by any means, I am thrilled to finally see Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady on the big screen at long last. Since I have Turtles on the brain, it should come as no surprise that this week’s ranking/list is devoted to the theatrical films of the heroes in a half shell. On with the list!
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)- The first and best film in the series so far. Not only is it faithful to the source material, but it also has a bit of an edge to it. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Elias Koteas as Casey Jones.
- TMNT- The 2007 animated film doesn’t get the love it deserves. The animation is great, the characters are spot on, the action is phenomenal (especially that Leo v Raph battle), and the story was a refreshing change of pace for the TMNT films.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)- Weird character designs and story changes aside, this franchise reboot delivers plenty of high octane action and great Turtle camaraderie.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze- Look, we all love Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap,” but the light hearted sequel was hit-and-miss. The entire movie feels rushed, the plot is barley developed, and it lacks the darker tone of the first film. Is it fun? Sure, but it hasn’t aged all that well.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3- While I give New Line props for attempting to do something different with the third installment, it’s hands down the worst TMNT film. The time travel plot is wasted, Casey Jones is reduced to a babysitter essentially, and the production values and costumes are simply not up to par. It’s still watchable, of course, but just barely.
Note: While not a theatrical movie, I have to give a shout-out to the excellent 2009 animated TV movie “Turtles Forever.” It’s a truly joyous celebration of the history of TMNT. If you haven’t seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so.
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