The CGI version of the heroes on a half-shell return for a 2016 sequel to the 2014 film, with Megan Fox and Will Arnett returning, and adding fan favorites Casey Jones, Krang, Bebop, and Rock Steady. It’s a better movie than its predecessor, but it didn’t do as well, and it’s still flawed. The great superhero movie rewatch orders some 99-cheese pizza to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
The movie also benefits from strong performances from Tyler Perry as the very nerdy, but still dangerous Stockman and by Brad Garrett, leaving no piece of scenery unchewed as Krang’s voice. And I like the fact that Shredder, after casually betraying Stockman, finds himself betrayed in the exact same way by Krang. (I particularly love the dialogue exchange between them. “You betrayed me!” “Actually, I barely even thought about you.”) While Stephen Amell isn’t quite as batshit as Elias Koteas was as Casey Jones, he still inhabits the role quite well, and he actually has chemistry with Megan Fox (who remains mostly harmless as O’Neill). More to the point, he sells Jones’s desire to bring the criminals to justice, as he has something at stake here. Laura Linney also does well as the cynical police chief.