It’s no secret that I’m a massive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. But when the new Michael Bay film was announced, I was a bit iffy. I’m not a fan of Michael Bay’s films, and I wasn’t confident that he would do justice to my favourite crime-fighting quartet. But I wanted to check it out anyway. So last week, I decided to take myself on a little movie date. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to get all dressed up for the occasion.
I am wearing:
– Blue peacock kaftan (thrifted)
– Black cotton leggings from Big W
– Brown studded platform shoes (thrifted)
– Gold rock ring (ASOS)
– Silver butterfly earring from Equip (sadly, I could only find one, so I wore a heart in the other ear)
– Black cinch belt (thrifted)
– Blue abalone bangle (thrifted)
I wanted to wear something with a slightly Japanese feel to it, as a homage to my favourite TMNT character, Splinter. I think that the style of the flowers on this kaftan look like the sorts of flowers you see delicately painted on Japanese pottery, and that’s why I chose to wear this. Plus it’s super-comfy to lounge about it which makes it ideal for movie-watching.
I kept my hair and makeup very loose and simple. When I wear something a bit out-there (like this kaftan) I like to keep the rest of my outfit fairly conservative. That way the statement piece really stands out and I don’t look quite so batty.
While I was very pleased with my outfit, I wasn’t so excited about the film. My expectations were very low, and I was still disappointed. I didn’t like the way that the turtle’s characters had been mucked around with. It’s like the script writers had decided to try really hard to differentiate each of their personalities, but went too far and each turtle wound up being a comical stereotype version of themselves. Donatello was more like a green Urkel and Michaelangelo was downright sleazy. I didn’t like the changes to the back-story of the characters, I didn’t like the casting choices and I hated the animation. The turtles looked so flippin’ creepy. They fell right on into the uncanny valley.
In case you don’t know what the hump I’m talking about, the uncanny valley is when animated characters look too much like real humans and they become unsettling and creepy. My friend Frank Rosatano explains it better than anyone else:
So the movie wasn’t so great. But I was happy with what I was wearing, so I figure that’s a win.
Did you see the new TMNT film? What did you think?