First of all, most of you will be wondering: what the hell does Nostalgiathon mean??
It’s an initiative set up by Andy from www.andywatchesmovies.com and is very simple: take something out of your childhood, explain how you felt about it back then and how you feel about the subject right now as an adult.
(details can be found here )
So what better movie to pick from my childhood then the worn-down VHS tape of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II? Back when I was a kid I distinctly remember my dad walking in with the video-tape of the Turtles. Back then I saw the animated show and played the videogames, but never did it cross my mind that there was a movie (nor did I realise that this was the sequel to it) and to this day I can remember the movie scene by scene.
I LOVED IT. The humor of the turtles, the menace from Shredder and his mutated beasts and the sense of impending doom that was littered throughout.
I think I’ve seen it well over 20 times, as kids do, and it wasn’t until a firm year or two later that I realised there were 2 more to be seen, both of which I felt never fully lived up to my ‘original’ TMNT movie (especially not the third one set in Medival times).
So now it’s time to look back at it, and that’s a doublesided affair to say the least.
What’s instantly noticeable is it’s lack of polish, the acting is sub-par and the suits used for the creation of the turtles is not a lot better then what you’d get at a Halloween store, but it still (aside from the sentiment) kept a certain charm. It’s a very 90’s like movie, the clothing and the plot devices used as well as the music, but it’s also innocent, much more so then the movies found in cinemas today.
The story moves along at a quick pace and there’s lots of humor in it, especially from Michelangelo’s side.
When reviewing movies of the past, it’s always tricky since it can single handedly destroy the love you had for it since you were a kid.
But that isn’t the case with the turtles, I loved this movie then and despite all the shortcomings I see in it now, I still love it.
For those curious to see the movie, see it here in it’s entirety!