“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem 2023” is an exciting new animated superhero movie directed by Jeff Rowe. The screenplay was collaborative between Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Dan Hernandez, and Benji Samit. This film marks the seventh instalment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series and serves as a fresh start for the beloved characters.
The movie features the voices of talented actors like Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon, who bring the iconic ninja turtle team to life. The supporting cast includes Hannibal Buress, Rose Byrne, John Cena, Jackie Chan, Ice Cube, Natasia Demetriou, and Ayo Edebiri.
Paramount Pictures released the film in the United States on August 2, 2023. A new TV show called “Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is scheduled to debut on Paramount+. Additionally, there’s a new instalment in the works to continue the story.
In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, after years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.
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Scientist Baxter Stockman, a renowned figure in the scientific community, is facing allegations of embezzling a substantial amount of resources worth millions. Rather than utilizing these resources for their intended purposes, Baxter reportedly employed them to develop a peculiar mutant family, claiming he had no family. The initial successful creation in this experiment was a housefly.
As authorities intensify their pursuit of Bexton, a formidable strike team from the Utrom organization is hot on his trail. Unexpectedly, the housefly, the first result of Baxter’s genetic tinkering, emerges as an unexpected hero. In a dramatic turn of events, the strike force inadvertently triggers a massive explosion during an attempt to eliminate the housefly. This explosion inadvertently caused the mutagenic substance and the creatures he wanted to mutate – the very essence behind Bexton’s experiments – to cascade into the underground sewers of New York City.
“Humans are the demon scum of the earth. Avoid them. Don’t say hi. They lust to murder that which is different from them. To interact with them is to die.”
Fast forward 15 years, the once young turtles named Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, and Donatello have matured into teenage mutant adults. However, they’ve taken a rather unconventional path in their adulthood. Instead of fighting crime as they were trained to do by their rat-like humanoid mentor, Splinter, they find themselves causing a bit of mischief in stores. Their current antics involve sneaking into various establishments and swiping food items to satisfy their appetites.
Back then, these turtles were educated in ninjutsu early on by their unusual father figure, the rat Splinter. This choice resulted from Splinter’s personal experiences at the hands of humans, which led him to distance himself from them. He even went so far as to advise his turtle wards to follow suit and steer clear of humans. However, the allure of human life has captivated the turtles’ hearts, and they have a deep desire to embrace the human way of living.
Once upon a time, during some rooftop fun, the mutant ninjas accidentally flung a throwing star that hit April O’Neil, a regular teenage girl, right on her helmeted head. As they attempted to apologize and clear things up, a thief made off with her scooter. Overwhelmed by guilt, they took it upon themselves to retrieve the stolen scooter and confronted the thief, giving him a severe lesson he wouldn’t forget.
April, a young and ambitious journalist, is captivated by the mutants she’s encountered. She’s eager to gather information about them, but there’s a catch – they’re willing to share their stories only during a casual pizza session. This leaves April determined to uncover their world while sharing a slice of life.
To boost their reputations and become heroes, they offer April an appealing proposition that could work out well for everyone involved. Given April’s involvement in tracking the superfly case, the plan involves her sharing the whereabouts of the Superfly with the mutants, who would then apprehend him. April would document and present the entire sequence of events to the media.
After outlining the steps, they embark on the mission to apprehend Superfly, only to discover an unexpected twist: Superfly is also revealed to be one of the mutants. To make things even more surprising, he discloses that they are cousins. This revelation leaves them in a challenging situation, raising questions about their next moves and the implications of this newfound connection.
I adore the characters in this movie, and what struck a chord with me is how the turtles were portrayed as teenagers. It adds a relatable and enjoyable element to the film. The dynamic between the turtles and their father is another highlight for me. The fact that he taught them to defend themselves against humans makes their journey relatable and resonant. Additionally, the father’s efforts to bridge the human world with their own home beautifully showcase a parent’s protective and nurturing instincts.
One aspect of this movie that I enjoy is how it blends humour with more serious moments. It’s genuinely fantastic. The timing of the comedy is consistently spot-on and never feels out of place. The film is incredibly hilarious. One memorable scene is when Leo tells Splinter the rat why they stayed late. One of his siblings jokingly remarked, “Leo, you RATTED on us!” Their dad replied, “Hey, let’s not twist that word like that.” It was a standout moment that had me laughing.
The music and sound effects were awe-inspiring – they completely amazed me! The animations and visual storytelling were also top-notch. I understood that this movie’s animation drew inspiration from The Spider-Verse, but it’s not just a copy. It brings its unique qualities and features that set it apart from the Spider-Verse.
The battle scenes and action sequences were expertly designed to have a dynamic and exciting pace, and I had a blast watching them. Children will have a great time with this movie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is an exciting animation with exciting moments. Its impressive storytelling, animation and voice actors hold up this film.
You can watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Mutants Mayhem in select cinemas in the US.
This film is rated PG 13 for sequences of violence and action, language and impolite material.
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