The first trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is here, and as with its predecessor, the destructive presence of producer Michael Bay is more palpable than any of the CGI animal-men here. Seemingly puppet-directed by Earth to Echo's David Green, the sequel is, much like the redesigned Leonardo, a swollen monster, distended with Bay's Transformers hallmarks to the point of inevitable explosion. Muddled spaceships bring skyscrapers crumbling down, cars are blown up in fiery blasts, vehicle parts and CGI '80s toys flip through the air in equal measure, and Megan Fox is brought to an almost comic level of eye candy for teenage boys--this time forced into the midriff-baring schoolgirl outfit popularized 17 years ago by Britney Spears. (How disturbingly fitting that a bro like Bay still considers that the acme of sexy.)
Not that everything misses the mark, though. Bebop and Rocksteady couldn't be much more spot-on, Arrow star Stephen Amell seems fine enough as Casey Jones, the Turtle Van correctly fires manhole covers, and, somehow, man-turned-Madea Tyler Perry sort of works as man-turned-fly Baxter Stockman.
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