You remember the Turtles right? If not, it’s time to refresh your memory.

So with the heroes in a half shell drop-kicking their way onto the big screen, let’s take a sensible rage-free look at if the film could be better than everyone expects, appraising fans and cinema goers alike.


The pros:

One of the original creators is on board:

The origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles draws back to an indie black and white comic book in 80’s designed to parody the ninja obsessed media of the time. Kevin Eastman Peter Laird may have disagreed about the tone of the franchise but Eastman is set to be involved, has publicly pledged his support and has even popped out some concept art.


The source material can be suitably adult:

Watching the cartoon itself can be considered quite childish and would be probably bore anyone above the age of 13. Though the cartoons and previous films display the franchise can play with adult themes confidently for a family film. Looking at how Batman transitioned for a campy Adam West to a dark gritty Christian Bale shows it can work. Campy Batman can also work too, as fans will have access to two different types of Batman.

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The cons:

Michael Bay’s lack of interest in source material:

Bay has very little interest in following the source material as shown in the Transformers film which had very little coverage of the actual robots themselves, instead focusing on the human characters who can be considered very one-dimensional and generic.


Mass audience appeal:

To look at how geek properties can sometimes fall on their face let’s use Stargate universe as an example, a typical sc-fi franchise with pulpy romanticism and complex plots. The universe franchise however plays out more like a normal drama with affairs, pregnancies and day-to-day regular issues. Studios want money and the fans make up a small minority of ticket sales so they have to advertise to a wider audience. Often a film will follow a formula of a previously successful film, so the quirks and selling points of the source material can often translate to the big screen.


So there you have it, my brief pros and cons for the new TMNT film coming to cinemas 8 August 2014.

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