Junkman’s movie review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The storyteller  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The storyteller – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Statutory warning – Spoilers, Explicit content

So here’s the deal,

Jonathan Liebesman’s new release,‘ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)‘ is a good movie to watch.

Director Jonathan Liebesman -teenage mutant  ninja turtles 2014

Director Jonathan Liebesman -teenage mutant ninja turtles 2014

To Humor such a long name, let’s call it old and goody ‘a Ninja Turtles movie’ instead 😀

A.  Movie plot : The foot gang spreads malice in the city. Ninja turtles are vigilante’ that keep bumping up their plans. The driving motive for turtles’ heroic is unclear. The protagonist (turtles) are driven by curiosity and adrenalin. However the background, their decision to fight for city is unclear.Likewise, the history of the foot gang is missing. Megan fox plays a rookie reporter.She accidentally drops into middle of few combats and pursuant  to it, connects her in the turtle’s story.

B.  Movie Story : It’s very agreeable to the old comics & TV series of ninja turtles.

These teenage ninja turtles keep showing up to malice in city. Megan fox accidentally peeks into a crime scene and uncovers the turtles as vigilante of New York city. Her involvement with uncovering these turtles leads her into her past.Meanwhile, the assault of foot gang grows stronger . The turning point appears to be the bust into turtles’s safe home in severs.The story doesn’t involve lot of twist and turns, neither it has much unveiling elements. It’s quite flat , yet full of turtle comedy and action sequences .Though, there is one important revelation towards the end.

Climax has lot of eyegasmic action scenes. It is filled with compact comedy and superb action. The best thing about the story, is that it rises towards the end. It holds action & comedy all along.

Ninja turtles (movie ,2014)

Ninja turtles (movie ,2014)

C.  Movie Screenplay : The 3-D experience is viewer- friendly. The appearance, stature & character depiction of turtles is right on money.The costumes, energy level, combat skills, underground turtle bunker , techi/teenage turtle talks is wonderful and adds brilliantly to the comedy-action combo.

The weaker link, is sequences of Megan fox in her solo scenes & desperate reporter modes.The acting is downright flat and meager. The scenes at the villain end are stereotypical. It is however gullible to some extent, it aligns with the old comics style.

There is a plenty load of fresh action and comedy. It is’ trademark turtle’ stuff 😀 and holds the audience in applause & laughter. It is very originally thought out. In short, turtles hold 80% of good experience, 15% is held by villians & 3-5% by megan fox.

D.  Villain : Shredder, leader of the foot gang-is heavy weight, always dressed in iron suit, equipped with knives & holds high martial art skills.However, his charisma is very off-putting & there is no info on his history.He is just a tough iron suit with no smart dialogues.The gang members are shown incompetent,they look like mannequins ,practicing dolls for turtles & they are unable to add any presence in the combat sequences.

Villain shredder - teenage mutant ninja turtles, 2014 movie

Villain shredder – teenage mutant ninja turtles, 2014 movie

Mr. sax is the schemer for all evil plans. The role is limited to providing information & managing his scum lab.

The villainous end could have created more charisma with dialogues & providing elaborated  role to Mr. Sax.

E.  Megan Fox hotness Quotient:-

This is an extra and un-usual addition in my review. I feel  it is quite necessary, considering the hype over Megan fox’s world class hotness notion.

It is downright disappointing & dry in this movie. She moves around the full time, in one or two pair of clothes. ( brown jacket, black trousers).Considering her U.S.P. being hotness, nothing is dropped hot on the screen.There are no hot dresses, no skin revelation or providing any kind of steam! It actually din’t matter for a minute, who is playing  a hot reporter in the movie! The hotness tag is completely down-played & cut-out!

Megan fox , playing reporter in the movie

Megan fox , playing reporter in the movie

 

Megan fox, side profile, reporter in ninja turtles, movie- 2014

Megan fox, side profile, reporter in ninja turtles, movie- 2014

 

Megan fox, no hotness dropped in movie

Megan fox, no hotness dropped in movie

If i were the producer of this movie, I could get more hotness for lesser budget! & hype maybe. Ingenuously speaking, that is all is required in such a plot! There’s not much scope for reporter’ acting & neither one can employ a stalwart actress to this role ( nor it is!!) Mr. Producer, please get hotness & get rid of unworthy brands & hype!

 

This is what you guys missed from megan fox. Some dose of this! & movie would have been a ‘hell-yeah’! 😀

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F.  Movie Acting :

1. Turtles : Fabulous, comic, consistent to character & highly like-able.

2. Villian : Stereotypical, stoical, lacks charisma, lacks expression.

3. Megan Fox : Needs more skin tan!

Acting is meagre, dialogue delivery has no voice modulation, face expressions are stony. She needs to laugh out loud to look more natural! & she should look more emotionally/mentallyvulnerable in such a plot!

Here, she looks very firm, mentally resolved & a situation handler. It goes against the scenes.

G.   Summarizing flaws in the movie:-

1. Why did the turtles turn ninja & how did they procure such an expert training & typical weaponry by living in sewers!(reasons shown are insufficient.)

2. The primary motto of the dreaded foot-gang  is missing. They are guided & driven by Mr. sax.

3. The plan to create chemical catastrophe & sell anti-dote could be achieved with synthesis of another chemical & another anti-dote also!!   The specialty of ‘turtle-blood’ plan wasn’t dexterously laid out.

4. why does a professional reporter ( Megan Fox) doesn’t shoot her story with a professional camera/handy-cam. She roams around  with a phone camera! It seems like a very loose and un-thoughtful end.

5. First encounter, it is very difficult to distinguish whether a smuggling or a normal container shifting is being processed on the  docks.How does megan fox pre-meditatively, marks it as a crime scene from such a distant /difficult view outside.

6. Second encounter, it is ridiculous to see how a rookie reporter enters a terrorized metro station and right from the Main entrance!  She courageously charges in, rather sneaking would have seemed more realistic and genuine.It does not hold, even with the most risk  taking reporting! She could have sneaked in from another door & then get caught as scripted instead.

7. The driving motive of turtles, ‘saving New York city‘ is un-consolidated.

 

Junkman's movie review - teenage mutant ninja turtles (2014)

Junkman’s movie review – teenage mutant ninja turtles (2014)

Junkman’s movie Score parameters

  • Screenplay ( 2points ,most important in a comic based movie)
  • Overall comedy & action ( 2 points, entertainment driver of movie)
  • Story (1 point)
  • Plot(1 point)
  • Villian (1 point, importance of antagonist is imminent)
  • final encounter/climax ( (1 point)
  • Acting (1 point)
  • justification to comics/series (1 point, unavoidable parameter , binds viewer’s expectation beforehand)
  • Cliche/flaws( -1 point, negatives used to reduce the total score)
  • Extra point ( 1 point, efforts on surrounding elements)

Junkman’s Movie Score :

  • Screenplay ( 90%)
  • Overall comedy & action (95%,excellent)
  • Story (75%, loose ends)
  • plot ( 75% , errors)
  • villain ( 80% , less charisma)
  • final encounter ( 100%, good action & comedy)
  • Acting (80%, loosing points on Megan Fox)
  • Justification to mocis/Series (90% , consistent to fan’s imagination)
  • cliche/flaws ( -50%, minor flaws)
  • Extra points (0% , no efforts on hotness of reporter, no great villian plan & charisma)

Junkman’s Overall movie rating/score calculation  : 1.8+1.9+0.75+0.75+0.8+1+0.8+0.9-0.5+0 = 8.2

 Junkman’ movie rating/score ( real & apparent rating) = 82% or 8.2/10

Junkman’s conclusion –  fun movie, definitely one time watch, original turtle action & good comedy.worth spending money.

 This analysis is critical,

Yours truly,

Junkman

Movie Review : Teenage mutant ninja turtle (2014)

Movie Review : Teenage mutant ninja turtle (2014)

 

Junkman’s movie review – vishwaroop (kamal hassans’)

the storyteller

the storyteller

statutory warning – spoilers

so here’s the deal,
the kamal hassans’ magnus opus vishwaroop attains it controversy and its state of grandeur owing to the protest from the Muslim community.
but apart from the controversy,i personally watched it to find the special element “tour de force” that could take me aback to my seat and pop-soda combo by splendid spectacles of expectation meeting reality silver screen and a higher pitch of delight note in my personal series of long disappointing movie hours wasted in nearby cinema theatres that were supposedly highly promising with their promos at first.

the start is really good, the portray of dance teacher with feminine attributes to cross roads with terrorist organisation to the out-spark of macho spy with crazy wacko- combat skills and transformation from dance mode to arcade mode in first fighting scene.

however,it falls into a long subsequent ditch of flashback where the character is justified as an expert undercover agent with an american operative snitch plot to unearth the base of terrorist in Afghanistan and to release the captive Americans kept as hostage with them,who are being used to plea demands & confess infidelity of the westerners to the group which is followed by further supporting of the argument of jihad by examplifying their execution in front of the video camera and putting forward their motive and message across western world,just like classic scenarios.

meanwhile, the story wanders along, the psyche of jihadis and their livelihood and how our undetected undercover spy plays dirty within the brotherhood,also theres’ a long branch of connected string to the guilt of an arab merchants’ execution which is to establish the dark side of our character and his reconciliation with his karma in the second half.its long,un-appreciative and footage eating. for gods’ sake! if the man died! forget it!!

however, the adverse publicity based on the hullabaloo of release dates presents an idea of a really big -budget movie under rescue.however,the scenes and action sequences is pretty average.
but who knows,the costing of production has complicated and mysterious ends of which we,the minority of lesser-ignorant critics as speculative beings could only shovel our thinking and logical curiosity into a pile of endless sand and dwell forever but still lack conclusive interpretation,lets leave that to production teams and financial experts.

the action scenes content has lot of slo-mo,flips, rolls, in short- some complex acrobats by mr. Hassan, and not so complementing screenplay-back flash memory halts owing to his emotional packages, and super spy jason bourne styled-krav maga- mugged-man-o-mano fights and flips,kicks, that ridicules his body shape,weight and age and could easily be imagined as done by really thick iron ropes,powerful motor drives trying to give combat gravity and his di-oriented body mass and out of shape-no muscle macho vishwaroop that could hardly be complemented in the comic ways of a dabangg fan but only with an overdeveloped sense of comedy,that too in a comedy flick and ofcourse! the really busy days for stunt team to put a wreck to work,
but owing to the tamilian origin of the films’ gross action,with chopped arms-amputated body parts and blood baths,these are part of great action cinema.i was just there to aprreciate filmology of theirs’ concept.

the USP of the movie is the virtuoso kamal hassans’ acting career streak,controversy, and a big budget tamil movie running hot in north india.

however,the lead actor has gotten too obsessed with himself and his vishwaroops which are nothing but the dimensions owing to his expertise in secrecy & spyhood spunk.so in totality theres’ not much scope for other actors’ i.e. his wife and his sidekicks-> two guys and one girl.

theres’ a lot of confusion till the end about his status quo with terrorism, indian spy agency, fbi and personal scores with the other terror cell and its head i.e. rahul bose,who has done a smart job by mushing his voice tone down which adds brilliantly to his character.

main theme – cmc from used cancer treatment machines is being aggregated over the years to make a ” dirty bomb” n blow up new york to hail jihad!

totally stupid – the continous song played back on the movie action scenes which romanticizes the action,not so apt. for the movie.

hats off – to the screeplay and ability to draw and connect such a wide story on limited canvas and ofcourse the acting of kamal hassan as always along with the habit of eating all the limelight-which he cant solely be accused of,comes with status and stardom of all top actors. so lets see what part 2 will be like. yes!! there will be one.

cool factor– the concept of pigeons used as deception in the end and multi- level involvement of fbi,police,bomb squads,embassy etc,movie sounds and sound distinction in the first scene of ghungru,bangles. etc.

junkmans’ movie rating – 1.5/2 – lead actors’ acting. 1/2- for screenplay. 1/2- surprises,devoid of cliches’. 1.5/2 -originality,idea and attempt. 1/1- pigeons concept. 1/1 -sound distinction.

junkmans’ real rating -7/10

junkmans’ apparent rating – 8/10 (extra one for controversial- curiosity)

junkmans’ conclusion – one time watch,nothing special or ground breaking.

this analysis is critical.

yours truly,
junkman

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