A recent rewatch has me ready to call "TMNT" one of the best comic book movie adaptations. Sure, that might be nostalgia talking, but the film perfectly balances its PG rating by being funny when it needs to be and getting serious when it's time to raise the stakes for the characters. Jim Henson's puppetry is topnotch, and the production design completely sells the film's vision of a grimy, crime-plagued New York.
Ah, nostalgia, how I love thee. This is a movie I saw in theatres when it came out in 1990 and have watched dozens of times since. It's a lot of fun and a little on the dark side in some places. I just discovered that Kevin Clash was the voice of Splinter, the guy who does the voice of Elmo, so surprised. I think the film holds up pretty well.
Watched this recently as a companion piece to two other "living underneath NYC" movies - Dark Days and C.H.U.D. For a movie with such an absurd premise and a lot of jokes, it actually plays kind of dark. Shredder is frightening, Splinter is locked up and crying; Danny embodies impotent youthful rebellion; Raphael is always so moody. That said, nostalgic affection demands that I give this movie 3 stars.
Mr. Koteas was indeed quite awesome in this (he was everything I had pictured Casey Jones to be in the flesh). And let's not forget a young Sam Rockwell in the small role of the head thug in charge of Shredder's entertainment playground: "Regular or menthol? *wink*". Way too many great childhood memories watching this film as well as the cartoon. So there's no way I could not give this 5 stars (and so, I did).
...Hay tres cosas que pueden remontar tu infancia, el primero son los lugares donde estuviste, segundo es volver a tener en tus manos los juguetes que tuviste y la tercera es recordar las cintas de niño que te hacían soñar, esta película es una de ellas para mi...