Sunday 20 October 2019

The Movie Show: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Vs 'The Judge' - Paul Whitington has the lowdown

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's no contest this week as we pit the Michael Bay-produced no-brain actioner 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' against Robert Downey Jr at his charismatic best in 'The Judge'.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is another big screen outing for the foursome who first graced our screens in cartoon form in the 80s through the 90s.

Megan Fox with the teenage ninja turtles
Megan Fox with the teenage ninja turtles

"It was a huge deal in the 80s and into the 90s, and this new film is very much the first one made in 1990 for slow learners, the difference is Michael Bay is behind this one," says Paul.

Given that many guys, and gals, in their early thirties grew up on a daily diet of Shredder, April and big green reptiles, chances are many will want to see this re-hash, and Paul says, "Good luck to them!"

He sums it up, "It is reasonably well done but it's very manufactured, the whole Transformers template is used again.  It's not as long as them it's not as noisy as them, which is good, but it's all a bit forced and re-hashed and there's this attempt at humour all the time with Michaelangelo, and Raphael, and I can't remember the other pair, but it's all a bit forced and contrived. 

"Some people will go and see it.  It's made $300m already so there'll be another one I say."

Much more down Paul's alley is 'The Judge' which sees Robert Downey Jr star as 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, in need of his son's help.  Needless to say, things don't run smoothly.

The impressive cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall, and Vera Farmiga.  So does it live up to the calibre of the cast?

"In a way, not really," says Paul.

"John Grisham didn't write this but he might as well have. We used to get loads of these in the 90s these legal dramas with a family drama tacked on to them. 

"There's probably too much going on and it's a bit of a mess and it's 2 hours and 20 minutes long.  But it's very entertaining a and the reason it's entertaining is largely Robert Downey. 

"Others try and exist, some very good actors, Vincent D'Onofrio, Vera Farmiga who plays his remarkably well preserved and conveniently available high school sweetheart.  But nobody can stick in the same scene with him very long. He's big, he finds humour in scenes where there's none and he's very good at it, and its more fun than it has any right to be."

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