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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Turtles in Time

Year: 1993
Director: Stuart Gillard
Cast: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco
The first TMNT was one of the coolest experience I had as a young moviegoer. Everything seemed geared towards pleasing me – a young twentysomething – rather than the kids who watched the cartoon.

The second kept it up, but whoever was put in charge of part three forgot all that, because both the dialogue and storyline are disappointingly primary school level.

The turtles are transported back to feudal Japan by some mystical trinket April comes across, and the bozo who wants to rule the world is bought to their New York sewer.

Once there, they have two days or whatever it is to retrieve it to return to their own time and break the spell. Maybe I've just grown up since the original and would think it was just as ridiculous if I saw it now, or maybe this instalment really has suffered a major regression, but it was just such a kid's movie whereas the original didn't seem to be.

There was also nothing wrong with the character animatronics and costumes - at the time of the original film (1990) Jim Henson's Creature Shop created effects years ahead of their time – but this time, the makeup and animatronic effects are somehow clunkier and less real.

After loving the first two for years and wanting to see this for so long, it was a big letdown.

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