The new Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is finally hitting theaters this weekend. Like most Michael Bay films, critics hate it (the film currently has a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences don’t seem to care that much. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cast is full of talented, or at least fun to watch, actors and actresses. So, if you don’t plan on watching the new TMNT this weekend or if you do see it and find it unsatisfying, here are some better movies featuring members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cast.
Megan Fox – Transformers
Megan Fox portrays April O’Neil in the new TMNT film, the savy journalist friend to the turtle folk, but in 2007 she worked with Michael By on Transformers portraying the obligatory love interest for Shia Labeouf. Transformers: Age of Extinction may be the highest grossing film of 2014, but no sequel can touch 2007’s first Transformers movie. Sure, it’s still a Michael Bay movie and a lot of stuff blows up, the plot is a little thin and all of that Bayness, but it’s still a ton of fun and at the time, it really was amazing seeing those robots destroy a city like that. Not to say that Megan Fox is the reason Transformers was great, because she wasn’t , but if you have to sit through a Megan Fox movie, this is the one to watch. If you don’t at least get a little excited the first time Optimus Prime transforms, you just don’t know how to enjoy a movie.
Will Arnett – The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie was one of the best reviewed and most beloved movies of the past year, and with good reason. It was fun, thoughtful, funny, heartfelt and above all entertaining. Will Arnett, who stars in TMNT as O’Neil’s right hand man Vernon Fenwick, lent his voice for the part of Batman in The Lego Movie. In terms of raw enjoyment factor, Arnett may be one of the best actors to ever play Batman (no disrespect Kevin Conroy). No doubt, your time will be much better spent watching Arnett’s hilarious take on Bruce Wayne. If you need more convincing, listen to his Batman song from the movie.
William Fichtner – Black Hawk Down
William Fichtner may not have the name recognition as the other actors on this list, but he absolutely has the resume. Fichtner is one of Hollywood’s most underrated (and underutilized) talents. He is a real working class actor and has a very diverse filmogorphy to show for it. Fichtner is portraying Eric Sacks, who may or may not be Shredder, in TMNT but you should really watch him as Sanderson in the 2001 war flick Black Hawk Down. No doubt, Black Hawk Down is one of the best modern war movies. Period. So, if you’d rather watch an Academy caliber movie this weekend, this is a safe bet.
Johnny Knoxville – Jackass: The Movie
Johnny Knoxville was brought in to voice Leonardo, the leader of the Ninja Turtles for the new film, which is a pretty big departure from his roots. With that said, the best option when it comes to Knoxville is still his everlasting legacy that is Jackass. It’s lowbrow and it’s cheap, but it’s always funny. With Jackass: The Movie, Knoxville and the gang really stepped up their game and it holds up as being some of the best low brow comedy of all time. All the props in the world to Knoxville for trying to branch out, but Jackass is what he does best.
Whoopi Goldberg – The Lion King
Whoopi Goldberg has a relatively small part in the new TMNT film as Bernadette or “Burne” Thompson, who was April O’Neil’s boss in the animated series. Speaking of animation, Goldberg was also part of one of the greatest animated movies of all time, The Lion King. She voiced Shenzi, one of the three lackey hyenas who provided some comic relief and token racial stereotypes for the film. In spite of the cultural insensitivity, The Lion King still remains a fantastic animated film and if you haven’t watched it since it came out 20 years ago, now is as good of a time as any.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in theaters now.
Better Movies From The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cast