This past summer movie season came and went without the type of fanfare or memories that many envisioned at the beginning of the year. There was much promise with the return of multiple franchises that seemed like sure-fire blockbusters based on their brand name pedigree, ranging from X-Men: Apocalypse and Star Trek Beyond to Warcraft and Ghostbusters. However, in the end there were few unquestioned blockbusters in the season designed for repeat viewings.
Another big franchise that failed to leave a lasting mark on the summer was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The sequel to 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, grossed less than $83 million dollars domestically against an announced production budget of $135 million dollars. Some claimed that the sequel was a marked improvement over the previous installment, with a spirit that mirrors the original animated cartoon. However, the reviews on the action-adventure film were largely mixed and ultimately it grossed only about half of the predecessor's total earnings.
Despite the lackluster theatrical run of the sequel, it's hard to keep the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property away from a good time. With that in mind, Cinefix has another video game recreation of a popular movie and it's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' time to level up with TMNT 2: 8-Bit Cinema.
It's uncanny how well the action set pieces of Out of the Shadows fits in with the aesthetics of retro-gaming. The absurdity of jumping from airplane to airplane or riding a tank over a waterfall is highlighted, while simultaneously proving how much unadulterated fun can actually be found in the sequel. When the Turtles encountered Rocksteady, Bebop, and Krang in the movie, it did feel like a boss battle and that small attention to detail is what makes the video so hilarious.
The video may trigger vivid flashbacks for old-school gamers, as its design recalls classic arcade and NES game experiences featuring the quartet. The 8-Bit Cinema also manages to highlight the animated and at times sophomoric humor of the movie. While the side scrolling nature of the "game," speaks to the linear and simplistic plot far better than a critic ever could. Then again, who asked for a complicated Ninja Turtles plot anyways?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is available now on Blu-ray and Digital HD.
Source: Cinefix (via CBR)