Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle III (1993)

Directed by Stuart Gillard

Starring Elias Koteas, Paige Turco, Vivian Wu, Cory Feldman

I loved the Ninja Turtles back in the day. The Saturday morning cartoons, video games, and the movies. Even now, I still love and play the SNES Turtle in Time and enjoy the cartoons. The movies I have to say the first one has aged well, it is still a great film with a good mix of the childish nature of the cartoons but with some mature things in the story. The Secret of the Ooze, because of criticism of the first one, went completely one way, it was too silly and the turtles did not even use their weapons, the other mutant that was supposed to Bebop and Rocksteady were badly done in my opinion. So, yesterday I saw the third after not seeing it in years, and here is what I think of it.

First, the story, having defeated Shredder and the foot again, they are living in sewers in New York without much to do. April arrives and gives them some gifts to keep them occupied while she is on vacation. Splinter’s gift is some kind of antique thing that somehow disappeared April and brought an ancient Japanese soldier. The turtles activate the scepter and go back in time to see April. They arrive in the middle of a conflict between a father and son and an English trader pushing to sell guns to their army.

As I was watching it yesterday I have to say I enjoyed it. It had better action sequences and they used their weapons again. The jokes and the silliness of the turtles are part of the characters so I did not mind it much. I think the story was good although not as great as the first film. For what it was meant to be it is not a bad film to see with your kid, mine seemed to like it until she fell asleep, so I don’t know there. As a fan, I had fun seeing it. I felt like I was watching some kind of version of the Last Samurai in the sense of the guns and the ancient Japanese tradition of the samurai, but this was years before and not the same kind or even quality film.

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