I still really fucking dislike Michael Bay, yet it seems I’ll never be able to escape him.
Maybe my opinion is already clouded by the fact that Michael Bay is behind this, but to me this just looks like Transformers with turtles. And if you don’t know my opinion on the live-action Transformers movies, it’s that we don’t need any more of them.
Well, to start off, I was surprised to see that Megan Fox is going to star in this, since the last time I heard about Fox and Bay working together the two of them seemed at odds. She compared Bay to Hitler, and some of the crew on set wrote a rather hateful and demeaning letter about Fox and posted it on the internet in response. It’s hard to say what actually happened between them—whether she quit or was fired for the third Transformers movie—but regardless, if Bay and Fox have worked out their differences, more power to them.
I am also curious about the role Fox is going to play in the film. As a child, she was in love with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Fox also hopes that her character will appeal to the female fanbase directly. Also according to Fox, director Jonathan Liebesman was “was really insistent on not wanting [Fox’s character] to be sexualized or to take that sort of typical role we’ve seen women take in movies thus far.” Well, right there, that is something I can get behind.
Sadly, this still looks like Transformers at its core. I didn’t watch TMNT all that much as a child, but I don’t remember it having the dark undertones present in this trailer. What I remember about the original cartoon was that it was light and happy-go-lucky. It would have had to be. Something about ninja turtles would have a hard time taking itself seriously—it screams “comedy”. This trailer looks dark and gritty and way too serious. That’s also exactly the same tone the Transformers movies had. They ended up being really dark movies—the third one especially—and then none of the cheesy humor or comic relief fit into the films. Instead, they were painful to watch. And since half the jokes ended up being racist or some other form of offensive, it made the viewing experience all the worse.
On a different note, originally in this film the Turtles weren’t going to be mutants, but instead space aliens. In which case, it really would have just been Transformers all over again. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Regardless, I cannot say that this is a movie I’m particularly interested in seeing. Who knows, though, maybe I’ll be wrong. I hope I’m wrong. And as much as I dislike Michael Bay, he is thankfully not the director, and is instead a producer, but I hesitate to give the benefit of the doubt to anything involving him by this point.