The Movie Show: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” vs. “The Judge” – Paul Whitington Has the Truth
It’s not a contest this week as we pit Michael Bay’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” against his charismatic best in “The Judge”.
eenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is another big screen release for the quartet that first graced our screens in cartoon form in the ’80s to’ 90s.
“It was a huge deal in the 80s and 90s, and this new movie is really the first movie made in 1990 for slow learners, the difference is Michael Bay is behind this one,” says Paul.
Considering that many guys and girls in their early 30s have grown up on a daily diet of Shredder, April, and big green reptiles, there’s a good chance that many will want to see this re-hash, and Paul says: “Good luck to them!”
He sums up: “It’s pretty well done but it’s very manufactured, the entire Transformers template is reused. chopped up and there’s that attempt at humor all the time with Michaelangelo and Raphael, and I don’t remember the other pair, but it’s all kind of forced and contrived.
“Some people will go and see him. He’s already grossed $ 300 million, so there will be another,” I said.
Much further down Paul’s aisle is “The Judge” which sees Robert Downey Jr playing the role of a lawyer who has a tumultuous relationship with his father who is a judge in their hometown. When his mother dies, he returns home and his father suddenly finds himself on trial, needing his son’s help. Needless to say, things are not going well.
The impressive cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga. So, does it live up to the caliber of the cast?
“In a way, not really,” said Paul.
“John Grisham didn’t write that, but he might as well have done it. We had a lot of it in the ’90s, these legal dramas with a family drama added to them.
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“There’s probably too much going on and it’s a bit of a mess and it lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes. But it’s very entertaining and the reason why it’s entertaining is largely Robert Downey.
“Others are trying to exist, very good actors, Vincent D’Onofrio, Vera Farmiga who plays his remarkably well-preserved and conveniently available high school sweetheart. But no one can stay in the same scene with him for very long. He is. tall, he finds humor in scenes where there is none and where he’s very good, and it’s more fun than he’s allowed to be. “
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