The Kid and I took in a movie last night and checked out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Mutant Mayhem. From the art style, the soundtrack, and the story, the movie satisfied on all fronts.
First a little history about my time with the Turtles. I loved the first movies back in the eighties but didn't follow the cartoons or the comics. That's fine, you can like one medium and not the others and still love the characters. The Bay movies were okay but didn't really hit with me and so when I heard they were doing a new movie, I wasn't very interested. Then I saw the trailers. I loved the art style and the overall gist of it and though I wasn't head over heels, I was going to give it a chance.
I'm glad we did. The overall story differs a little from the original but it works. The art style fits the movie well, also. Though I've never been to New York, it's always been portrayed as a mix of dirt, grit, energy, and color and this style conveys that very well.
The movie has plenty of easter eggs from the other iterations over the decades and it was fun trying to catch them. The one thing that excelled for me was the soundtrack. With a mix of old-school and more modern hip-hop along with other favorites, this movie has a lot of ear candy. In fact, as I write this, I'm listening to the Spotify playlist. Lots of fun!
If you haven't seen it yet, give it a shot. Check out this review from Hollywood Matrimony!