Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is not made exclusively for kids, it is very enjoyable for adults also. This film is the first live action installment of the popular series and in my opinion the best one. Directed by Steve Barron and starring Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, Michelan Sisti, Leif Tilden, David Forman, James Saito and Kevin Clash as the voice of Splinter.
We follow Four ambitious, and naive human like turtles. “The leader” of the group is Leonardo (David Forman), Michelangelo (Michelan Sisti) the youngest and also the comedian of the family, Donatello (Leif Tilden) is the scientic one of the bunch (but we don’t see that until the second movie), and of course we cannot forget the misunderstood, anger driven Raphael (Josh Pais). The turtles be-friend a T.V news reporter named April O’Neil (Judith Hoag), April is covering a story about the increase in crime happening around the city by a Japanese based gang called The Foot Clan. April gets jumped in the subway for taking about the foot on T.V, but the rouge of the group Raphael comes to her rescue and brings her back to the turtle’s home/hideout in the sewers. After April comes to and see’s the turtles and their master, she freaks, especially when she see’s Splinter (Kevin Clash) the huge, walking, talking rat. Splinter is the turtles father and trainer, he provides wisdom for the turtles and lets face it no matter what “all father’s care for there son’s”. After the meet and greet the four excited turtles walk April back to here apartment, and hang out their with her for far to long. When the happy turtles return home, sadness and anger passes over them like a thick fog. Splinter is missing. The defeated turtles must retreat after a surprise encounter with the foot, which leaves them battered and broken. do the turtles have what it takes to take on the foot clan and there master, the Japanese warlord Master Shredder ( James Saito). All while trying to find Master Splinter and not fight and argue with each other along the way.
This film is nineteen years old and still packs the punch it had all those years ago when I was a kid watching it for the first time. The directing is perfect, Steve Barron is a master craftsman when it comes to directing men in spotless turtle costumes. Even the special effects really held up even after all these years. The turtles,well, look like real turtles (if they could walk and perform ninjutsu). The story is great. You really feel for these characters and root for them along the way. Splinter’s voice performed by Kevin Clash is amazing. Overall a great experience for kids and adults. Also i must add that this movie is one hundred percent better that the “new” animated movie called “TMNT”.
my recommendation for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is BUY. No matter you’re age the turtles will jump-start you’re youth with comedy and action that lives on to this day. So go out and buy this nearly classic movie and share it with you’re kids or watch it with you’re friends and enjoy a great movie that I grew up on. Buy the time the credits roll you will be singing the “turtle power” song at the end credits trust me, I always do!