Turbo stars Ryan Reynolds as a snail who dreams of racing in the Indy 500, who wants to escape his slow paced life and see the world blurring by. After a few months of seeing the trailer, I could say the only draw I had to actually seeing Turbo was that I really enjoy seeing Ryan Reynolds in movies. I asked around as well, anticipation for that snail movie seemed nonexistent. This just seemed like another project Dreamworks took on instead of giving us the How to Train Your Dragon sequel that we want, but oh how I was wrong.
The first thing Turbo brings to the table is an incredible voice cast. Ryan Reynolds is great, but he’s supported by so many bigger names. Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, Ken Jeong and Samuel L. Jackson are just a few of the astoundingly high profile names that pop up. The best part is that none of them feel like they are just phoning in a performance, everyone feels like they actually enjoyed working and that seldom happens. Paul Giamatti especially gives an excellent performance as the constantly incredulous brother.
That’s the crazy thing too, Turbo has many of the cliched plot lines that you would expect from a movie like this, but through a combination of excellent performances and a factor that I can only call heart, it excels past them. Turbo knows that its very concept of ridiculous, so it sets out to make it the most enjoyable and heart warming story possible. Monsters University may have had a more realistic message to impart, but Turbo delivered a more enjoyable overall package.
I don’t even like American auto racing either, it has always bored me in real life. So to say that I was thoroughly entertained by a movie whose main character dreams of nothing more than being in the most prestigious of those races speaks volumes about the quality of the movie. Turbo possess the charm that speaks to all age groups, something that so many animated films keep getting wrong.
A movie about a snail who wants to race in the Indy 500 sounds like a ridiculous concept, even for a children’s movie. It sounds like a 20 page picture book you would read to an infant, not a theatrical release. Then again, so did Ratatouille. Just as Pixar endeared us to the concept of rats becoming chefs, Dreamworks has managed to make the story of a snail who just wanted to be fast an endearing tale that is fun for the whole family. Turbo is the best Dreamworks film since How to Train Your Dragon and while aspects of Monsters University are better, this is the best animated film of the summer.
In Theaters: July 17, 2013
Runtime: 96 min
Rating: PG for some mild action and thematic elements
Director: David Soren
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson
Genre: Animation, Family
Studio: Dreamworks Animation
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Official Site: http://www.turbomovie.com/