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Movie Review: Turbo

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 4 months ago

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If you’ve heard and/or seen one underdog story, you’ve heard and/or seen them all. The difference is characters, layers, and an overall arc when getting from point A, to point B, with a common moral-of-the-story. I mean, lets be realistic, it’s what’s to be expected, right? Well, the same can be said for “Turbo” – DreamWorks latest animated feature to join the ranks of favorite franchises such as “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” and their latest ever-so-profitable, “The Croods.”

“Turbo” is a fast-paced 3D comedy about a snail whose dreams kick into high gear when he miraculously obtains the power to become a super-speed-racer. But after making fast friends with a street-smart-crew, Turbo (a/k/a Theo) learns that no one can obtain success alone. So he puts his heart and hard-shell on the line to help his friends achieve their dreams, before revving up his own impossible dream: winning the Indy 500.

Cute in many aspects, one of my favorite appeals about “Turbo” is how bright and colorful the film is in every way, shape, or form – including (and not limited to) the human race. Quite obvious about their overall appeal and its potically correct run in terms of nationalities, languages, style, etc., the aura given off in this film oozes wanting to tap into many cultural markets, elevated with a heavy-hitting cast of well known actors lending their voices. From Ryan Reynolds, to Snoop Dogg (and/or Lion), this piece carries so much versatile swag; it’s fun on many levels.

Part of the fun comes from “Tito” (Michael Peña) whose stylistic appeal and outlook on life stands out so much in the story, I dare say it carried more weight than the film’s star – Ryan Reynolds, who voices the role of “Turbo.” Second to Peña, comes Paul Giamatti, who voices the role of “Chet” – Turbo’s overprotective brother who would rather Turbo live a routine snail-paced life and do away with all things fast.

One of the funniest lines unleashed by “Chet” is during one of his many naggings about life that goes like this: “The sooner you accept the dull, miserable nature of your existence, the happier you’ll be.” Setting a line between optimism and pessimism, the appeal on life’s realities just seeps through this character’s pores who means no harm at all, but really resistant among any kind of change or risk.

However, the downfall among the story’s characters comes when secondary ones are introduced. There’s clearly a lot of style among them – especially the snails – but it was such a bummer to not have had much depth or development among them. They’re briefly there, and although the script hints at possibly tapping into their back stories a bit, it doesn’t. This was somewhat of a waste considering talent, and the overall personality traits that were given off when popping up on screen. However, there’s still hope we may see more of them considering NetFlix’s series “Turbo: F.A.S.T.” set to debut in December.

Along with many other gags, jokes, huge fast-paced final act, and contemporary appeal in terms of music and another franchise high on cars, speed, and noise, “Turbo” is a safe, watchable family film. It’s pretty touching and pushes a lot on not giving up on your dreams, no matter how long or complex obstacles may be. Will “Turbo” stand to make as much noise as its predecessors and/or those provided by Pixar? That my friend remains to be seen, however, for what it’s worth, although its narrative isn’t anything we haven’t seen before, it’s still a cute concept that’ll generate its own buzz and money (for sure).

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Grade: B / Genre: Animation, Kids & Family / Rated: PG / Run Time: 1 Hr. 36 Min.

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Snoopo Dogg, Maya Rudolph, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Rodriguez

Directed by: David Soren

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