Whether or not you are one of the people complaining about the changes that have been made to your beloved franchise in the Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one thing that we likely can all agree on is that Megan Fox is NOT the most sought after actress in the biz and the choice to make her the new April O’Neil was not Bay’s greatest moment. After having to sit through her “acting” in the first two Transformers movies, i.e. sweating, running, and looking pretty, most audiences have pretty much given up hope on the actress giving them much to chew on. However, at a recent press conference the actress had a mouthful for fans who are already criticizing the iconic turtle reboot, almost sight unseen:
“Let me tell you something about those people. How much money did Transformers 4 make? Exactly. Those people can complain – they all go to the theater. They’re gonna love it – and if they don’t love it, they can fuck off, and that’s the end of that.”
On one hand, she has a point – these days, fanboys and fangirls are quick to bestow judgment upon reboots/remakes of their favorite childhood properties, even when handled properly. On the other hand, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or, TMNT if you’re hip) has taken more than a few liberties with the property. The turtles look a bit creepy and a bit too human for some, Splinter (sensei to the turtles) looks too much like a rat, and Shredder (the arch nemesis) looks a bit too much like a Swiss army knife to be scary. Does this mean that the movie will fail? Well, as Fox points out, Bay’s box office track record speaks for itself. As a matter of fact, it’s also a fair point that the people complaining will likely be the first in line, if only to complain some more after the final credits roll.
When people go to see a movie that involves Bay in any capacity, they are not looking for Oscar winning movies. Fans of Bay are in it for the absurd action that every one of his movies showcases and even the most cynical of TMNT fans has to admit that there is definitely plenty of that action in the footage that has been shown of the reboot so far. Will that make it a “good” movie? Probably not. Will the action make it entertaining, however? Chances are pretty good that this will be a solid popcorn flick that will keep people involved until they leave the theater and realize just how little substance the movie itself contained. In any event, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits theaters this Friday, August 8, and only time will tell just how badly fans want to prove Megan Fox wrong.