Movie Title: Turbo
Date Released: July 17th, 2013
Date Seen: July 25th, 2013
Seen with: Marcus (5), Jack (3), and Chris and Abbie
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
A surprisingly cute kids movie that follows a snail who dreams to race. He has an encounter with some nitro fluid and becomes a kind of super snail allowing his dreams to come true. Turbo, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is the goofy snail who can think of nothing else but racing. He loathes his horrible, slow life, being a garden snail. His brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) always stands up for him and everything, but ends up feeling a little angry that Turbo never listens to him. They end up meeting a human pair of brothers, Tito and Angelo, who have very similar problems as Chet and Turbo. So we deal with following your dreams, issues between brothers, having supporting friends, etc. Kids will enjoy it and hopefully get something out of it, but will definitely be amused. The 5 year old and the 3 year old I was with loved it. I think older than about 9 and kids will think it’s stupid. It was still enough to keep me and their parents entertained though, as well. The plot is simple, very predictable, but that’s expected of a kids movie. The most fun for me, an adult, was noticing all the little things about the Indy 500 that were accurate, such as some rules, the set up, etc. Obviously, a snail couldn’t ever race, but still, just little details like that made me happy.
The movie has an extremely fun cast of characters. Samuel L. Jackson voices Whiplash, a tricked out snail, who is one bad-ass snail. He is hilarious. There’s a whole group of snails that are pretty great, but the most random snail, and the best is called White Shadow (Mike Bell). He just randomly appears at moments to help out the group – even though he’s really always there, you just never pay much attention to him. Even though his funny moments were kind of stupid funny, even I was laughing hysterically at them. Because I’m really a kid at heart.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
It’s a kids movie, there’s not really anything to spoil. You’ve seen the trailer? You’ve seen the movie.
He wins. After finding out his hero is a dick. So, moral of the story: Don’t idolize anyone, cause they’re probably a big dickwad who will literally try to step on you and your dreams.
Overall it’s good, but I wouldn’t see it in the theater. I’d save it for a Netflix watch, or when it’s on TV. But your kids will enjoy it, and you’ll enjoy watching it with them, or peeking in on them when they watch it for the 2nd or 3rd time.