Director: David Soren
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph
Summary: A freak accident might just help an everyday garden snail achieve his biggest dream: winning the Indy 500.
Review by SkyWatcher
“No dream is too big and no dreamer, too small”. Turbo is an entertaining film that packs a good message as well. This movie is all about dreaming big, following that dream and giving it your all.
A snail racing at the Indianapolis 500? The writers are able to bring this unrealistic That’s a good message for a kids movie, a message that adults can appreciate, too. One thing I really liked was that the lack of an overt omnipresent villain throughout the movie. Sure, there are plenty of dangers that snails face daily like crows, salt, a crazy kid on a big wheel and most of all, Indy race cars. The story was well thought out and reinforces what all parents try to teach their children: Dream big and believe in yourself!
Ryan Reynolds gave Turbo the right amount of enthusiasm and lightness. He was a perfect choice for this role. Paul Giamatti played Chet with the proper amount of restraint and level headedness you would expect as an older snail brother. I was slightly disappointed in the choice of Samuel L. Jackson as Whiplash only because his voice was so recognizable that when he spoke, I could see the actor and not the character.
|Character Development: 7/10
All of the main characters in this film were distinct and well developed. Turbo and his brother, Chet were somewhat mirrored in Tito and his brother, Angelo. Neither Turbo or Tito receive encouragement from their brothers and they must rely on their own resources to follow and realize their dreams. The motivation behind each of these characters is swiftly developed and while the story is basic, it is well told.
The soundtrack for this film was a mix of familiar tunes and new score. The use of familiar tunes was well placed like What’s New Pussycat and Survivor amongst others. Henry Jackman composed the original score which kept pace with the mood of the film.
I’ve come to expect an excellent result from Dreamworks Animation Studios and Turbo does not disappoint. Without arms, hands or legs, the only body part they had to work with to show snail emotion and expression is through their faces and, more specifically, their eyes. Each character was distinct and defined. The racing scenes at the Indy 500 had fast paced movement which was never dizzying and had a good level of detail.
|Set Design: 6/10
The set designs were believable and what you would expect for the places represented.