Regardless of your feelings on the matter, Jonathan Liebesman’s new reboot of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in a few days. Paramount Pictures is definitely getting into the last minute push frame of mind. This morning they unveiled a gallery of new photos, and we’ve got this new clip that showcases the irreverent sense of humor of the title characters.
Up to now, TMNT has caught a lot of flack for a wide array of changes the movie has made to the source material. Many fans of the earlier installments of the franchise have cried foul over things like the Turtles new, more human appearance, as well as alterations to the origin story. I go back and forth about how I feel, but for the moment I’m on the fence about this, and I plan to go into the theater with an open mind. As far as changes go, I’m usually okay with new versions trying to put their own stamp on a title as long as they get the characters and spirit of the original. While I definitely haven’t been a fan of everything we’ve seen, this clip does a good job of making the Turtles feel like the Turtles you all know and love.
In this video, the Heroes in a Half Shell need to get to the roof. Along the way they have an encounter with this incarnation of the notorious Foot Clan, and this might be our best look yet at them. Those masks certainly add to the faceless soldier nature of their existence. Because they’re not idiots, the Turtles opt to take the elevator instead, and leave it to that wacky Mickey to, in the midst of a heated battle, kick out an infectious beat in the elevator. That feels to me like just what the Michelangelo I’ve known since childhood would do.
Their armor plated nemesis Shredder waits for them on the roof, and this is where you get a signature bit of Turtle Power, Mikey’s signature “Cowabunga.”
Despite my many misgivings, I can admit that I had to smile during these two moments. Hopefully the rest of the film can capture this same feel. Early reviews have not been especially kind, but there have definitely been people out there that have enjoyed what they saw.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brother rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8, and stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub, and William Fichtner.