TMNT started off as a comic book with turtles impossible to tell apart, then they became a comedic and rather adorable cartoon and movie series. They were all about pizza and they believed in the motto to have fun or else there was no point. In this turtle movie, there is no Shredder, he's done. And for whatever reason, Splinter sent Leonardo on the other side of the equator for training. After that, the gang became rather boring, except for Raphael, who is like an only-night Spider-Man. Donatello became a stay at home communication clerk, and Mikey has a fake zipper and a party boy. Suitable for him; everyone loves Michelangelo no matter what turtle state he's in. Anyway, the conflict, apart from brotherhood, is confusing and cliched, one of those portal-opening-monsters-into-the-world catastrophe. Leo returns a whole year after being gone, and there's still something wrong in their relationship.
Now, this movie does not have shoddy animation. It looks good for being an independent Warner Bros. picture. Nothing seems over exaggerated and the backgrounds look like regular New York. And there are action sequences with energy, like the end one or Mikey skateboarding through the sewers. The problem is that we try to go back to when the Ninja turtles looked like this, from the 90's cartoon and Leo and Raph feel the same way about seeing each other, but they don't let it be enjoyable. There is a secret guy called The Night Watcher. Why does everyone think he's a bad guy? He does justice. Leonardo has always been too convoluted and obnoxious, as was Splinter, and it especially shows here. There is a monster fight that happens in a construction site, and the turtles disobey orders to get rid of it and of course, they get in trouble. Why? The relationship between the turtles simply doesn't make any sense anymore. If it had more slices of pizza, it would've been warmer, I'll bet. I also bet that the 2014 film will have some nice Michael Bay humour, too.