07. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
It’s almost unfair to rank Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows with the rest of this year’s comic movie fare, because it operates on such a different level — a much lower one. The Michael Bay-produced sequel is actually an improvement on the 2014 CGI/live action reboot of the beloved series, but it still falls victim to all the same cringe-inducing missteps. Characters that should be bursts of nostalgic joy, like Krang and Casey Jones, end up somehow both irritating and under utilized. Whatever it does get right (Bebop and Rocksteady are actually a freakin’ joy), it finds a way to screw up (they only fight the Turtles once, barely, and their introduction is completely ruined by a dick joke).
Like its predecessor, it tries to be a kids’ movie that appeals to an adult audience with no finesse, mixing childish slapstick with incongruous sexualization and middle fingers. Director Dave Green actually does a fine job with what he’s given, but the plot is followed with such nonsense logic mostly reliant on characters’ (and the audience’s) ignorance that it ends up as a poorly structured cartoon brought to life, and that makes for some poor cinema.