Sunday, July 14, 2013

Turbo 3D Review

Reviewing Turbo 3D from Dreamworks Animation and 20th Century Fox featuring the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Samuel L. Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Rodriguez and more.

I have to admit that I wasn't really psyched to see Turbo. But imagine me being quite happy that I was wrong with my initial outlook at the movie as it was actually tons of fun to watch.

The film follows the life of Theo aka Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) who dreams to go fast and gets his wish after a freak accident grants him the power of speed. Together with his brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) and his ragtag crew of snails, Turbo goes on to the Indy 500 and win it as well.

The 3D for the movie works great. In fact, it's one of the better movies that utilized 3D technology. That or I just like all the dashing and chasing that's going on here in the movie. Anyway, the movie is chockful of key scenes and the thing about the promotional materials that appeared for Turbo is the fact they never gave away any of this. 

I loved the theme here about reaching for your star, being a shooting star for others and more importantly being a brother/ buddy to the people who are dear to you. There's a lot of great moment there that left a sole tear in my eye where Chet risks his life in order to be there with his brother. So much feels on that particular scene. Everybody can relate in that, I was just caught off guard that I got to see that in a movie about a speedster snail. 

Voice casting/ usage was hit or miss. Reynolds as Turbo was just OK. Paul Giamatti as Chet was great because we see him play with a wide range of emotions for the OCD snail. That plus I can already hear him go full Samuel L. Jackson and Snoop Doog owned their respective roles here. Maya Rudolph as Burn was great. Bill Hader's take on champion racer Guy Gagne' was weak. I dunno, I still prefer Sacha Baron Cohen's take as French driver Jean Girard. 

The animated feature is enjoyable and is a total hoot to watch with the entire family. In fact there's something for everybody in "Turbo 3D". The racing and action sequences will fit for Dads and big brothers, then there's the humor bit and emotional bit for the moms and sisters. Overall, I totally loved "Turbo 3D" and you'd be a snail if you missed out on seeing this visually and emotionally satisfying animated featured. 

"Turbo 3D" opens July 19 from 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation. 

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