Recently, I had a chance to reacquaint myself with the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. You know, the one starring nobody you’d ever heard of except for that one guy named Corey. The turtles were my first exposure to superheroes, and in a way, they’ll probably always remain my favorite. Even if it’s just sheer nostalgia, the attachment I had to Raph, Leo, Donnie, and Mikey as a young girl will never entirely disappear.
When I sat down to watch the movie, I was perfectly prepared to discover that, like other childhood favorites, it would not withstand the test of time. Instead, I discovered a little jewel of a film that, despite the fact that it featured guys in suits and god-awful ’90s hair, had remained entertaining.
One of my favorite things about the film is the fight scenes, because they show a certain sense of humor, a certain silly realism, that just doesn’t happen in fight scenes anymore. People actually make mistakes, rather than the flawless fighting you would see in a movie like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and to my surprise, I like it better that way.
Other than the fact that the human characters’ costumes look horribly dated (though, considering the disgusting number of people in stretch pants I saw on campus today, that may not last long), there really isn’t much about the movie that lessens its appeal to me. I think I even like the guys-in-costumes approach better than the all-digitally-rendered-in-3D approach they used in the TMNT movie last year.
Plus, this is never going to stop being funny.