Run time: 100 mins
The pizza-loving heroes-in-half-shells make a triumphant return in this fantastic animated adventure.
For fifteen years, mutant turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael have been raised in the New York sewers by their mentor and adoptive rat father Splinter (Jackie Chan). Trained in martial arts but longing for a normal teenage life, their world flips upside down when they meet high school journalist April, who enlists their help to track down the villainous Superfly, a fellow mutant whose gang of sinister pals have been unleashed on the streets of Manhattan.
Rather than yet another tired reboot, this feels like something altogether fresh-faced. Beautifully animated with a furious blast of hand-drawn style, this snappy adventure breathes new life into the franchise as it playfully spirals around its ensemble of quirky, relatable characters. Behind the masks, the casting of actual youngsters as the voices of the four heroes is an inspired move, while a seasoned cast including Chan, Ice Cube, Maya Rudolph and Seth Rogan do the rest of the comedy lifting.
Whilst perhaps not quite hitting the dizzying heights of this summer’s Spider-Verse movie, this is comfortably one of the most lovable family films of the year and an outstanding reinvention of the much-loved franchise