The one good thing i can think to say about the abomination that was 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was that the advertising was spot on. The creative and marketing team knew just what to show to make me think that maybe, just maybe it wouldn’t be all that bad. Remember that as i begin talking about the positives of the trailer.
First off, the trailer already makes this look like a better, more interesting film than the first. Alien invasions, Bebop and Rocksteady, and the Foot Clan are Ninja’s again. All of that with a tone that’s screaming out “we want this too be a fun movie” add up to a trailer that looks like the film makers took to heart the criticisms fans had of the first film and really made an effort to make this a better film (though i’m disappointing they are still letting Megan Fox act but hey, baby steps). Unfortunately, there are still a lot of issues. The Turtles still look awful and the CG on Rocksteady and Bebop look unfinished. But those are only minor complaints.
The real issue is that this franchise seems to be suffering an identity crisis. The entire climax of the first film was ripped off form The Amazing Spider Man (the second worst spiderman movie, beat only by it’s sequel) and the climatic looking scenes look to be taking it’s cues from The Avengers (at lest they’re ripping of better films this time). While i am more than okay with reference and homage and the like, it’s hard to escape the feeling that no one working on this franchise has a clear vision of what they want the films to be. Personally, that’s what i think is going to make this franchise.