Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows is Michael Bay for kids

Michael Bay has never directed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, only produced them through his Platinum Dunes company (alongside several other companies, including Paramount, Nickelodeon, and at least one Chinese conglomerate). But not since the days of vintage Amblin has a movie’s big-name producer been so slavishly imitated by underlings. Bay’s first Ninja Turtles movie was directed by knockoff artist Jonathan Liebesman. For the second, subtitled Out Of The Shadows, Bay has hired Dave Green (Earth To Echo) to hew even closer to his preferred and oft-expressed aesthetic. The movie is chockablock with low and canted angles, lens flares, an endlessly roving camera, rich colors, and Megan Fox’s midriff.

But outside of an extended Fox-ogling scene featuring an inexplicable costume-change into a schoolgirl outfit, this second Ninja Turtles movie distinguishes itself from its Transformers cousins by actually courting the appropriate kid audience. The Transformers movies are …

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