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The film wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. They had a good idea here, but didn't execute it correctly. It feels like the filmmakers copied elements from other animated films such as Ratatouile, Antz, A Bug's Life, Cars, Ant Bully, and Toy Story. The street car racing scene, felt like they copied a scene from Fast and Furious. Also the final moments of the big race, felt like they copies the final moments of the big race in Talladega Nights. They didn't offer anything original or bring anything new to the table with this film. On the positive, the film does have some good and funny moments in it. The songs in the film are great. The actors are well casted in their voice over roles. Ryan Reynolds is having better luck with animated films than live action films. Giamatti is great playing Ryan's brother. His character reminded me of Emile the brother in Ratatouile. Michael Pena and Luis Guzman are great as Tito and Angelo. Sam Jackson and Snoop Dog are great in their roles. Overall, it is a cute film, which could have been better.
- SC007, Thursday, August 8, 2013
Turbo is an undeniably predictable animated film, but with some dazzling visuals and a decent voice cast, it is one of the better animated films this year. The message is familiar but pleasant and comes across loud and clear and the movie is a very safe bet for families as it doesn't take many risks but instead coasts along pleasantly making an entertaining ride. The final few scenes of the film involving the racing climax are thrilling and even slightly intense. These scenes will have both the kids and parents' hearts racing. Overall Rating: 74
- bradley2296, Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Turbo is a charming and fun animated feature that the kids will fall head over heels for, but it almost feels as if we have seen this kind of movie many times before yes? I have never personally watched a movie that has starred a snail before, but changing the species of the protagonist doesn't change the rehashed storyline. DreamWorks Animation has made some great films and some bad ones, but this film falls somewhere down the middle. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and there is never a moment that it won't capture you with its lovable characters and fun animation, but the story just feels so used up that you can't help but be a little annoyed by it. It almost felt like they were trying to create a mixture of the Pixar films "Cars" and "Ratatouille" with this film having many remarkable similarities. It involves a small creature with big dreams, a fat brother who disapproves of is dreams, is found by a human who is a bit of a loser in life, taken to a plaza where there is no business, but then the snail is able to bring business to the plaza by competing in the Indy 500. There is so many similarities that it just baffled me how so many people didn't notice it from the trailer. But that being said, this film doesn't lack for heart and it managed to make both the young and old have a fun time and forget the films problems. I liked the animation in the film as they have DreamWorks has never quite attempted to do a racing film before, and the end actually ends up being the most exciting and best part of the film. I was engaged in the race and it had me interested even though everybody knows what the outcome will be, which didn't take away from the fun. This film also has a very charming and broad voice cast, which includes actors like Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Pena who all made their characters enjoyable to watch. Despite a rehashed screenplay, kids won't be able to tell the difference as they watch this enjoyable and heartwarming tale of a snail who wishes to go fast. The story follows Theo (Ryan Reynolds) a garden snail who wishes to be a racer and go fast. His brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) tells him this dream is impossible and to give it up. When he is injected with nitrous oxide he is given the power of super speed which ultimately leads him and his brother into the hands of Tito (Michael Pena), a taco delivery truck driver. Theo then changes his name to "Turbo", and together they get a chance to achieve their dreams when they are able to compete in the Indy 500. The plot of this film is pretty much if they made a superhero movie for The Flash if he was a snail and animated. It's of course a story we have seen before but what surprises me is that DreamWorks is able to take a generic formula and tweak it to make it new and original which they didn't do in this film. They took the regular princess and prince story and turned that into "Shrek" which ended up being so great because it was almost a spoof, this film is just follows the formula and gives us a movie from it. When I was growing up I was the biggest fan of Pixar films even though I didn't understand the caliber of their genius at the time, and nowadays I am proud to say those original and heartfelt movies are what I remember from my childhood because they went outside formula and created masterpieces. I believe children are smarter than we believe, because they are the ones who decide which films will survive when they get older and thanks to that great films like "Toy Story" or "Finding "Nemo" have survived and are still among the most popular and original movies to this day. DreamWorks has created some great films as well that even have stuck with me to this day, old ones like Shrek or even new ones like "How to Train Your Dragon" were original and brilliant and shows me DreamWorks is capable of so much greatness. But I just didn't feel that greatness in this film, and it overall just felt like a harmless and fun summer animated film. Maybe it's because DreamWorks releases so animated films every year that they just can't all be amazing, but this film nevertheless gives us something good. I really enjoyed the characters in the film that keep the film flowing and fun. Turbo is a nice and humorous snail with dreams which makes him relatable to the audience, and his brother Chet is a downer who only wants Turbo to take life slow but that also makes him the reasonable one. Tito is a very enjoyable character and I was able to connect with his character more because we can see he is a selfless and lovable person who only wants to help his brother and achieve greatness. There is a group of snails in the film voiced by a bunch of famous actors that were really fun, but I will not go into detail about all of them. Overall many people like me will agree that the story is forgettable and doesn't achieve greatness, but the characters are enough for me and the rest of the audience walk out of the film smiling. The voice cast manages to really shine in this film, even while some big actors never really serve a purpose. Ryan Reynolds has two films coming out this week, this and "R.I.P.D," so it will be interesting if he will give a better performance in that or in this animated feature. He gives Turbo a real lifelike felling, as if a snail actually could have hopes and dreams. Ridiculous of course, but his lovable and cool performance makes Turbo a very good protagonist to follow. Paul Giamatti is one of the best actors living today, and while he can't really show his true talent in a film like this, his character was still able to have the most heart out of anyone here because of his acting abilities. We see he doesn't want to watch his brother die trying to achieve some crazy dream, but we also see him grow in the film which really made me connect with him more and love his character. Michael Pena gives such a loving and charming performance that is impossible to not adore, as his character is by far the most fun human in the entire film. He is gullible and caring, which makes him perfect for a friendship with a snail. Samuel L. Jackson is just Samuel L. Jackson, which is anything I could've hoped for. How can I resist watching Nick Fury in animated form as a crazy and cool snail who is able to fight crows, that is just Sam Jackson style right there. Many other actors in the film such as Bill Hader, Snoop Dog, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong and Luis Guzman all have their nice moments but there is not a lot of time for them to really be remembered and they could've got anyone to play these characters. Overall I enjoyed the cast and without them giving us lovable and relatable characters this film would've been in big trouble. Turbo could've been a lot of things, but no matter what the films lacks it still manages to have enough heart to be a good film. The kids will of course fall in love with the film more than the adults will, but it's that kind of magic and fun that I miss from my childhood and that animated films remind me of. This movie doesn't just focus on the idea of inspiring people and achieving our dreams, but also the bond of brothers and friends. Turbo and Tito meet and they have everything in common, they both wish for something more in life and they both have a brother telling them to just live the life they have. We see the bond with Turbo and his brother Chet grow in the film as they come to an understanding about what they want to be, and it was a nice thing to see in a film that has copied storyline. I usually don't have too much of a problem with animated films that are using a formula, but this film seems like it's trying to take elements of other films of its kind and mix it all into a film that is predictable and generic. Just knowing exactly how the film would end took me away from the film a bit and it made it less than great, but that is not enough to take away the films good qualities. You must watch this kind of film in the eyes of a child and ask yourself "would I love this if I were a kid?" and for me I probably would. But sadly I am stuck in my adult form and must review this film for some of the problems it has, but if you love good old fashioned fun and humor in an animated film, this is for you. The comedy in the film is fun and works well, although it's certainly not one of the funniest of DreamWorks films. It focuses more on the heart of the story and less on the comedy, which may or may not have been a good thing but we will never know. Director/Writer David Soren is a longtime DreamWorks Animation contributor and now he has finally gotten the chance to direct, and I believe he did has given us a worthy film in the line of 2013's animated features, while I still recommend parents take their kids to see "Monsters University" while they still have the chance. But if you are in the need of a fun film to lift your spirits, this is one for you.
- fb1526363679, Thursday, July 18, 2013