Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem Is Well Received By Critics And Watchers
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will bring the turtle shells and ninja masks back into cinemas. Mutant Mayhem got great reviews when it came out, and Rotten Tomatoes still gives it a fresh rating of 95%. The movie goes against the norm by putting regular people in the fight. This shows how the turtles want to be accepted and how important heroism is.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhemwill bring the turtle shells and ninja masks back into cinemas. Mutant Mayhem got great reviews when it came out, and Rotten Tomatoes still gives it a fresh rating of 95%. The movie goes against the norm by putting regular people in the fight. This shows how the turtles want to be accepted and how important heroism is.
Many current superhero movies don't care about people who don't have superpowers, but Mutant Mayhem strikes a balance between the ridiculous and real emotional stakes. It shows how important it is for superhero stories to have heroes who don't have superpowers.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is finally out in theaters, and its first weekend at the worldwide box office brings in a good amount of money compared to its small budget. The animated film made about $51 million from movie theaters around the world, giving it a big edge as the summer movie season winds down.
Only the United States and Canada contributed $43 million to that total, even though the animated movie has only opened in 30% of the planned foreign regions. After many failed attempts to make the property into a live-action series, Paramount is trying to get younger audiences to love the classic characters by putting them in an animated movie where they try to stop evil mutants from taking over the world.
Unsurprisingly, the last part of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is about the turtles having to save New York City from a big monster. Splinter (Jackie Chan) has tried to teach them many things over the years, but nothing could have prepared them for the change that would start right outside their door. The main bad guy in the story, Superfly, whose voice is done by Ice Cube, is sick of how people treat mutants. Because of his beliefs, he thinks that the only way to solve the problem is for mutants to take over society. This sets up the major fights of the movie.
Bebop and Rocksteady, two of the most well-known characters in the series, were played by Seth Rogen and John Cena, respectively. April O'Neil was brought to life by Ayo Edebiri, who was in The Bear. On the other hand, the turtles were played by four young actors, which made the Teenage in TMNT seem more real. Raphael (Brady Noon), Leonardo (Nicolas Cantu), Donatello (Micah Abbey), and Michaelangelo (Shamon Brown Jr.) are just getting started on their journeys.
Since this is a modern superhero movie, the story has to end with a fight that is big enough to have a lot of action and give everyone in the large ensemble cast a chance to shine. Mutant Mayhem knows what makes this subgenre stand out and tries to give viewers a familiar ending to the third act. Mutant Mayhem's director Jeff Rowe and his team bring enough visual creativity and energy to make the last part of the story mostly fun to watch. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver made the movie, and Rogen, Goldberg, Jeff Rowe, Dan Hernandez, and Benji Samit wrote the script.
The movie got a lot of good reviews. Jordan Hoffman of The Messenger writes:
This is the seventh TMNT film in a media juggernaut that includes at least four animated series, a slew of video games, a comic book origin and loads of wacky product tie-ins (big ups to the discontinued Hostess pudding pies with green icing.) Likely due to the attuned ear of co-writers and co-producersSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, not to mention their studio clout, this is a wide release that does something extraordinary - it’s a family-friendly movie in which 15-year-olds actually sound like 15-year-olds.- Jordan Hoffman
Tom Jorgensen of IGN Movies says:
From the start, the movie is far more interested in their relationship with Splinter as a father than as a master, with Splinter’s strong prejudice against humans forcing the Turtles to disobey him so they can be a part of the surface world like they’ve always dreamed. Mutant Mayhem makes the simple, yet seismic choice to do what comparatively few adaptations of Eastman and Laird’s comics have done before and lean into the ‘Teenage’ aspect of the Mutant Ninja Turtles. There’s no going back: the infectious, talky banter the 15-year-old brothers generate amongst themselves and others is effortless and quotable, with an unpredictable dark streak that ensures laughs from all age groups.- Tom Jorgensen
Matt Maytum of Total Film praises the film, stating:
The latest feature-length iteration - which the marketing tags as from ‘permanent teenager Seth Rogen’, who co-writes, produces, and lends his voice - puts a younger, actually teenage spin on the sewer-dwelling foursome. It’s reinvigorating: this is the Turtles’ most enjoyable outing since their ’90s heyday… Mutant Mayhem is consistently funny, too: sometimes taking jabs at the lore, but always affectionately.- Matt Maytum
So far, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem has made $51 million around the world at the box office, which is a good start. People in the US and Canada liked the animated movie a lot. In those two countries alone, it made $43 million.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is fun for many reasons, including the energetic teens who voice the Turtles, its fun acceptance of '90s culture, its unique animation style, and the way it both honors and adds to TMNT lore. But the movie is more than just a fun way to remember the past.