For those who don’t know, I am not a fan of Dreamworks Animation. I don’t really know why. I never liked Shrek because of the pop culture references. And I noticed how most of their humor relied on it. It just wasn’t my thing.
But when Turbo came out, my opinion didn’t really change. A racing snail? What? Will this movie speed it’s way to the top? Or will it lag behind? Let’s see.
Story: As you know, the premise is absolutely ridiculous. A snail that absorbs some nitrous and turns part car. I’d say that is utterly ridiculous, but then Spider-Man comes to mind.
But though the premise is absolutely bonkers, that doesn’t mean the story is bad. The plot is rather similar to Cars, but unlike what other people has said, it isn’t that similar. The characters are different, the motives are different, and the only thing that makes it the same is the fact that there is racing.
The story is interesting, the jokes often hit you right in the heart, and the plot hits you with many surprises. But perhaps too many. There are at least 4 times in the last act during the race where everyone thinks he’s dead. It’s kind of like this:
Oh no! He’s dead! Wait no! He’s alive! Oh no! He’s dead! Wait no! He’s alive Oh no! He’s dead! Wait no! He’s alive! Oh no! He’s dead! Wait no! He’s alive!
It gets a bit annoying and predictable.
Though predictable, the story is interesting and fun.
Animation: The animation is really nice. But to be totally honest, didn’t you expect amazing from Dreamworks? We are talking about the main rival of Pixar! It has to be good.
I really liked the way they used the lighting in this film. I loved how they don’t use just a puff of smoke to show the speed of Turbo. But instead they use a light beam to show the speed of Turbo. It makes it looks so much faster. It also looks really pretty. 🙂
Characters: The characters are pretty good. We have the typical dreamer who wants to be something he’s not. We have the brother who doesn’t believe in him, only to have his story arc completed with him changing his mind at the end. The main character’s hero who turns out is a complete jerk. They’re pretty generic.
The other characters can be memorable, but not very memorable. They can get some pretty good laughs every once and a while, but overall, they are okay.
They’re not that great, but they’re watchable.
In conclusion, Turbo was a great film with an interesting story, beautiful animation, and somewhat entertaining characters. Compared with Despicable Me 2, this one’s better. It seemed to have a coherent story and better characters. The thing about Despicable Me 2 was the fact that from a guy who is all about the story in movies, it didn’t do much for me.
But don’t take my word for it, go watch Turbo and see for yourself. See you later, Animators!
Total: 8.2 (round off to 8)