After being hidden from the public for almost two-decades, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pop out to stop a robbery. They're spotted by April O'Neil who's current job is doing fluff segments on TV. She's itching to be a real reporter and the turtles are the key to a brighter future.
Eventually it leads her to a family secret, a long forgotten connection to the turtles and a fast-paced, effects laden adventure.
In the late 1980s I was driving home with my son Andy when he - who even at 8-years old had an imaginative sense of humor - told me to hurry. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were on TV.
I thought he was kidding.
He wasn't. The TV show and the 1990 and 91 movies weren't that impressive. But I fell in love with the series' name, the marketing of the four turtles, their rat mentor and the beautiful April.
So here we are exactly 30-years after the characters were introduced. The mutants have morphed with technology. Instead of cheap animation and effects, Transformers producer Michael Bay and his team go all out. The movie is a cinematic and creative masterpiece.
The plot doesn't keep up but how sophisticated can you get with mutant turtles? Kids will love it and won't care that I don't.
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Knoxville, William Fichtner, Tony Shaloub
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Rated PG for mature themes. It's playing at the Carmike 10, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.