Now, I’m going to be very honest with you. I kind of agree with with this article. If you didn’t click through the link, the article talks about how the new Ninja Turtles movie is not “for us” and we just need to “accept it”. The article is right. We’re old fogies compared to the kids who are going to see this movie. They’re the ones who’s parents are going to splurge the hundreds of dollars this Christmas for the Ninja Turtles playset.
At some point we’re going to have to accept the fact that times have changed and, what we consider “awesome” isn’t what this generation thinks is awesome. It’s old as f*ck. 20+ years old. That’s ancient to these kids.
The movie looks fun– I’m not going to lie. Whether or not it is we’ll see next month. I’ve come to accept that these types of movies, i.e ones made by Michael Bay, aren’t going to have the substance that I’m looking for in my “fantasy/fictional” movies. Old school fictional/fantasy movies had a sense of magic and wonder. It didn’t treat it’s audience like idiots— it respected the audience in a way. It seems like movies these days are all about:
EXPLOSIONS, CGI, ONE LINERS, EXPLOSIONS, MOAR CGI, DAT DUB STEP, LOOK OVER HERE!! NOW HERE!!! LET ME BASH YOU OVER THE HEAD WITH EVERYTHING SO YOU DON’T THINK OR FIGURE OUT ANYTHING FOR YOURSELF BEAUSE YOU’RE TOO LAZY TO FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF BLALLRGRGGGGAGAGGAGAGAHUUUUjl. EAT POPCORN!
..that last part was my brain exploding from the sensory overload.
I may be one of the few that says that I still think the Ninja Turtles movie is a perfect movie. It’s got action, comedy, romance, and some deep family/ relationship issues.
The scene with Leonardo and Rafael in the tub still makes me tear up to this day.
That movie was special to me and it’s still a damn good movie to watch. Much like Ghostbusters and every other awesome movie from the 80s.
So yeah. I agree with Forbes and have come to accept this movie isn’t for me. I’m still planning on seeing the movie. I’ve just accepted that I need to go in and check my expectations and feelings of nostalgia at the door. Sometimes it’s ok to do that. Which begs the question: is it ok? Have I become complacent? Am I telling Michael Bay by going to see this movie that it’s OK for him to keep making these brainless movies? Should I even go see it even though I know it was solely made to sell toys? In some respects I feel like I’m part of the problem. I rail against these movies and yet, I find myself bored one afternoon/evening and I decide to go see them anyway.
.. I feel like I’m over thinking this.
What do you think?