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As usual, I will avoid any specific spoilers.

I went to see the new TMNT movie with some reservations.  It has gotten mixed – at best – reviews from places like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB.  My expectations for the movie were therefore somewhat muted when I finally got to see it.

The movie was not a disappointment.

Don’t get me wrong.  This was by no means one of the best superhero movies I’ve seen.  But for someone looking to relive a little bit of their childhood, it worked.  It far surpassed the 1900’s attempt to bring the Turtles to the big screen.  There were moments – as such movies often have – that strained the suspension of disbelief, but not to the point that I disengaged from the movie. 

One of the things I was most worried about was the personalities of the characters.  From surly Raphael to carefree Michelangelo, I thought they captured them as I remember them from the original cartoon.  And that meant a lot for a movie whose buzz comes from nostalgia.

Beyond that, you know what you’re getting when you see a Michael Bay movie.  If you like his movies, and like the TMNT, you’ll probably like this one as well.



As a follow-up to my last post, I wanted to do a short review of Star Trek: Into Darkness.  I’ll try to avoid major spoilers, but there will be at least one (the identity of the villain, which most everyone suspected anyhow).

As anyone who saw 2009’s Star Trek knows, the timeline has been changed from the classic Star Trek, to allow a reboot with novel story lines.  The latest installment takes full advantage of that (as we all suspected) to resurrect the greatest of all Star Trek villains (imho), Kahn.  The circumstances surrounding the discovery of the Botany Bay (the ship on which Kahn and his men were held in suspended animation) are vastly different in this new timeline.  As such, there is a new dynamic between him and the crew of the Enterprise.  I won’t go into details to avoid plot spoilers.

I will say that it was more action packed and less intellectual than Wrath of Kahn

Into Darkness takes full advantage both of the new timeline to form a new plot for Kahn, as well as the memories of devoted old Trekkies like myself to form a strange dichotomy.  Many of the elements in the movie echo the Wrath of Kahn, but they are not the same.  At one poignant moment, I actually knew the lines before they were spoken.  The identical lines were uttered by a different character (and referring to a different character) in the Wrath of Kahn

I am uncertain, still, how I feel about this mirroring of the classic Star Trek story line.  I very much like the idea thematically.  Some aspects of your destiny are unavoidable.  No matter what the specific circumstances are, when Kirk meets Kahn, it will be bad.  But the quantity of this seemed off.  Did they push this too far?  Not far enough?  I’m inclined to say that, for me, it would have worked better with either a softer touch or a heavier stroke. 

On the whole, I give the movie a thumbs up.  I’m not ready to say it was one of my favorite Trek movies, but it was definitely above average.  And competing as directly as it did against one of my favorite movies put it at a disadvantage to start.

I think Star Trek fans of all stripes will enjoy this one!