Why TMNT 2: Secret Of The Ooze isn’t as bad as you think, and why it is.
As my family will confirm, I’ve watched this movie countless times as a kid, and I still like it! It may be nostalgia, but I don’t think some of the complaints of this movie hold up, such as…
1. “It’s too light, the first one was better cause it was dark and gritty. Boo hoo!”
Yes the original TMNT comics were very dark, but let’s be honest, these are TEENAGED, MUTANT, NINJA, TURTLES. Read the title of the movies with a fresh unbiased mindset and you should recognize the silliness of the franchise. Don’t you remember the cartoons and toys? The turtles are supposed to be fun!
2. “Waaaah, They don’t use their weapons!”
Blame the over sensitive parents! A lot of them took their kids to see the first movie thinking it would be fun like the cartoons. In reality it was a bit more real and ‘violent’ than they expected so a lot of them female dogged and complained. The studio, likely fearing a drop in ticket sales if they didn’t pull back, scaled down the violence in the sequel which meant less weapon use.
Yes I said LESS, not NONE. Leo may not be slicing and dicing foot soldiers (nor did he in the first one) but the turtles do use their weapons plenty.
They may not have used them a lot but that’s because they either didn’t need to (they were fighting a bunch of unarmed burglars in the opening scene) or they weren’t effective (Tokka and Rahzar had to be defeated in other ways. their weapons were useless against them.).
3. “No beebop and rocksteady? Are you kidding me!?”
I can defend this too… wait, no I can’t. This was the PERFECT opportunity to have them in here, why did we get two cheap ripoffs?! Moving on..
4. “Ninja rap my ninja %#+”
You know why you remember that song and likely have it stuck in your head again right now? Because it is catchy and awesome! Who cares how vanilla ice was viewed then or now, as a kid you loved it and as an adult you should be brave enough to admit you feel the same.
Besides being amazing, that whole scene with the Turtles dancing in the club ties in with the opening act of the movie when splinter was warning they should remain invisible, and how their teenage minds will be tempted by the exciting New York culture. This was a case of teenagers getting caught up in the moment. Sure it’s a little corny, but its far from out of no where and pointless!
I dare you to watch the clip without a smile creeping on your face.
6. “Man, Super Shredder was in there for like, what, 1 minute? What a waste. And how he was defeated? Death by self induced dock collapse? Come on, such BS.”
You’re 100% right. BUT, at least we got to see Super Shredder jacked up in a ridiculous metal suit in the 2014 remake!… You mean that was just regular Shredder?.. Oh..
In closing, if you’re one of the haters of this movie, please stop! Sure if you watch it for the first time now it wouldn’t be very good, but guess what, neither would The Godfather or the Wizard of Oz (I am not trying to compare these three movies, just making a point).
TMNT 2 is a fun movie made by a team that really cared. The great turtle costumes (especially for their time) are reason enough to appreciate this movie. Beats the heck out of the Michael Bay produced CGI trash.