Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The secret of the Ooze… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
This week’s review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The secret of the Ooze
Released a little under a year after the first film came out, which is pretty quick for a sequel, the Turtles are back but unfortunately left their weapons at home.
The violence was toned down considerably after many complaints from parents and the style of the movie was lightened to aim towards a younger audience and keeping inline with the TV show.
Luckily, Jim Henson’s creature shop returned to provide some incredible puppet work, new villains Tokka and Rahzar were introduced as a replacement for Bebop and Rocksteady which upset many of the fans at the time but none the less the creature effects are awesome.
The film is still a lot of fun but sometimes tries too hard to be funny and the Vanilla Ice music dates the film to the extreme!.. But hey, it’s not as bad as Turtles III.