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TMNT - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Well, my trip down to see TMNT was fun and brainless. Not quite up to the level of a real summer movie--they were smart to release it before it had to compete with the big guns--but after a bit if a drought season on brainless action flicks, it's a nice, light appetizer course for summer, and it had the OotP trailer to boot. Not that I haven't seen it, but hey. Alas, no fen in the theater to cheer.

Honestly, nothing can spoil TMNT, as it's entirely predictable from beginning to end--the Turtles are all leading separate lives, a villain comes, they have to re-group. Leonardo and Raphael are at each other's throats, but the learn to be brothers again and stop focusing on themselves so much. (Message of every successful movie seems to be: Dislodge your head from ass, and don't let your nose get stuck in your navel on the way out, kthnxbai.) Stirring dialogue includes, "We're gonna rescue our brother, and then we're gonna save New York City."

Predictable, simple, written in broad strokes.

In other words, your basic, ritualistic telling of a hero story. Not a lot of new bells and whistles, no real new commentary, but that doesn't make it less satisfying as a ritual. Felt good to settle into.

Given my thinking about community vs. atomization lately, the coming run of movies interests me. This one starts it (300 also, but I haven't seen that one yet, so I'm starting here), with the theme of the brothers reaching out to each other. It's run with the trailer for Are We Done Yet?, a comedy with a family working together on a house in the country. Order of the Phoenix is about building a community of good people (at least if it's remotely related to the book), and At World's End seems to involve the pirates gathering together to make a last stand together against the end of their world (against the forces of huge, impersonal corporations and individual ambitions, with a side of father/son reconciliation to spice it up). I don't think that needs vast amounts of explanation--it's just an interesting sidebar about what we obviously crave in our ritual tales.


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katinka31 From: katinka31 Date: March 26th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)
My kids want to see this (actually, my *husband* is keen to see it, and they want to tag along) -- is there anything too intense for fankids aged 6 and 4?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: March 26th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
If they'd get scared by some baddies who are basically walking statues, it might disturb them, I guess. One of the turtles beats up another one of the turtles, but he's really, really sorry about it. It begins with an implication that Leo kills some baddies in the jungle, but we don't see it.

No gore and grue, though.
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