Saturday, March 31, 2007

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as romance heroes?

Or.....the kind of things that show the way my brain works when it isn't fully occupied!

I took my son and his friend to the drive in tonight....yes, we still have drive ins here, although not many! My son and I enjoy going, although now that we have moved from being about 10 minutes away from it, we don't go as often as we used to, despite the fact that it is much cheaper than going to the cinemas! Anyway, tonight I had the good fortune of kind of seeing TMNT - the current incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! What a load of rubbish!! Fortunately, I don't think that I am really the target demographic for this movie...the 8 year olds loved it.

I have to admit though that I did go prepared not to really like it. I took my MP3 player with me, tuned it into the footy (yay...footy's back!) and was listening to that, but I could both hear and see TMNT. I tried to close my eyes for at least some of it, but it is hard when you are not tired to keep your eyes closed in the face of two lots of loud noise!

Anyway, a sign of how uninspired I was by this movie is the fact that I had sufficient time to analyse how the current version of TMNT has characterised the turtles in such a way as to echo some of the romantic stereotypes for heroes. And then I even came home and thought about it some more.....why? I don't know! So's my take:

Leonardo - started the movie in a jungle deep in South America tormented and tortured by the fact that he had failed his brothers = classic tortured hero

Michelangelo - doing kids parties, and generally having a good time = classic nice guy hero

Donatello - electronics specialist/computer geek = classic geek/nerdy hero

Raphael - starts the movie disguised as a lone crusader for justice, trying to ensure the safety of the world without letting anyone know who he really was - dressed in lots of black leather and armour = classic bad guy with a heart of gold!

Too much time to think! Absolutely! Then again, I went to the official website page for this movie, thinking that I would get a picture of each of them to put up - just for fun- only to find that each of the turtles have their own Myspace page! Maybe I am not the only person around with too much thinking time!


  1. LOL, Marg, that's funny... and very true!

  2. I loved the Turtles (Raphael especially, when I was around 10 y.o.) and I would love to see this new movie...only that I really don't have the time as of yet. I just hope it'll still be in the cinemas, say, next week. Eight-year old or not, I'm sure I'm gonna like it. LOL! ;o)



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