Ryan Reynolds is an actor I think can be both charming and clever if he is given the right material. The good stuff he is in can be sometimes be both funny and clever, but the bad stuff he's in can not be very pleasant. I bring this up because I think something similar happened with him in animated movies. In the same year, Reynolds appeared in both of DreamWorks' two animated movies and where I found "The Croods" pretty good, the same could not be said for "Turbo". In short, this film is kind of stupid. It has some cleverness too it with the idea of a snail getting super speed, but the film is mostly bogged down by a ridiculous premise, some weird animation choices, unmemorable characters and lots and lots of stupid moments. Here's why this movie doesn't exactly work.A garden snail named Theo, who goes under the nickname Turbo (Ryan Reynolds) loves the world of sports racing and dreams of becoming a very fast racer. Though his older brother Chet (Paul Giamatti) feels that he has his head in the clouds too often and tells him to stop with his ridiculous daydreaming especially after he causes an accident involving a tomato. After leaving the garden in embarrassment, Turbo accidentally falls into a sports car and gets covered in nitrous oxide which effects his DNA and gives him super speed. Afterwards, he and Chet are then captured by a taco truck driver named Tito (Micheal Peña) and ends up impressing everyone at a run down strip mall where he works. With some motivation and confidence, Tito convinces the others to try to enter Turbo into the Indy 500 in hopes to bring back customers if they win. So, can Turbo get into the Indy 500 and win the race? Is this movie way too predictable and stupid? Well, yeah.The major problem I had with "Turbo" were the many stupid moments that occurred throughout the movie. For instance, after Turbo gets his DNA infected, he doesn't just get the ability of super speed. No, he actually gets features of a car. Yeah, he can have headlights come out of his eye, his shell can set off a car alarm and at times he can blast music from his mouth like a radio. It honestly makes no sense. And yeah, I know it's an animated movie and I'm not supposed to take things to seriously, but the fact is that he should have only gotten super speed after being infected. How he got those random car features makes no sense whatsoever. There's also lots of product placement shoved into this film as well notably from companies like AAA, HP and particularly Verizon. Seeing their logos placed all over the film was so distracting that it really caught me off guard at times. As for the story itself, it's kind of ridiculous. I mean, the idea of a snail getting faster is not a bad premise, but the idea of him entering a race like the Indy 500 is just too silly. Not only that, the film reminded me way too much of other movies. An example would be the scenes where Turbo is seen glancing at his hero racer on the TV similar to how Remy looked up to Gusteau in "Ratatouille". The animation, I like for the most part. The environments of the film is fantastic. It really looks real and the attention to detail in the backgrounds in pristine. Even the human designs aren't that bad, but the snails designs didn't work for me. They looked way too much like a cartoon and stood out too much due to their bright colors. As for the characters, it's kind of the same as the animation. I like the humans particularly the ones at the strip mall. The snails on the other hand, are mostly run of the mill. Turbo is a typically hero who has a dream, there's this group of snails he gets with that are just cool all the time and that's pretty much it, and his brother is just the typical stick in the mud. There's nothing special about it.And honestly, there's not much special about "Turbo" anyway. It just feels run of the mill. It has some ideas going for it, but it's execution at times is pretty questionable and honestly really stupid. It's definitely DreamWorks' weakest entry in 2013 animated movies. I don't know if I can bring much else to the table. It's just kind of stupid. As for the grade it gets, I think Turbo's number might be the best score for it.
I though the plot line was interesting and different, a snail wanting to compete in the Indy 500? I love how ridiculous the story is, I mean it's such an impossible dream, that somehow comes to life. The characters are lovable, both the snail and human characters, the jokes were clever, and the animation was fantastic. I liked it, as do my siblings, it was hopeful and lighthearted, and their theme was great as well.
In Los Angeles, the garden snail Theo dreams on being the fastest racer in car races and worships his idol, the champion Guy Gagné, who has won the Indianapolis 500 several times. His brother Chet protects him most of the time from daring situations caused by Theo. When Chet rescues Theo from a failed attempt of recovering a prize tomato, Theo leaves the garden feeling humiliated. Soon he is accidentally sucked by the supercharger of a racing car and he drowns in the nitrous oxide injected to speed up the car. On the next morning, Theo finds that he has achieved speed power. When a crow picks Chet from the garden, Theo pursues them and rescues his brother. However they are captured the taco truck driver Tito and brought to a snail race. When Tito sees the performance of Theo, a.k.a. Turbo, in a race with the other snails, he decides to enter Turbo in Indianapolis, despite the disagreement of his brother Angelo. But his neighbors share the entrance expenses and they head to Indianapolis. Who will win the Indy 500?"Turbo" is a silly and funny animation, with a snail that competes the Indianapolis 500 promoted by a Mexican young man. The plot is refreshing and creative and makes laugh in many situations. Guess who wins the Indy 500? My vote is seven.Title (Brazil): "Turbo"
At the beginning of the movie "Turbo" Theo the snail is unhappy at the fact he is slow. He and his brother Chet work at the plant ( a tomato garden ). Theo dreams of becoming a racing snail influenced by his idol Guy Gagné the 5 time Indianapolis 500 champ. Turbos obsession with racing has shaped Theo to be recognized as an outsider in the small snail community at the plant. Every work day Theo finds a way to be a constant embarrassment to himself and his older brother Chet. For example, one day at work Theo accidentally allows Big Mama ( a giant tomato ) to roll out of the plant onto the lawn on garden day. A man is mowing the lawn and Theo acts as a hero and attempts to take back the tomato. Theo is nearly killed by the mower but is saved by Chet and the other snails. Theo is embarrassed and decides to leave the plant and his old life behind. He travels to a highway overpass and wishes upon a shooting star but in actuality the "shooting star" was just a plane. The exhaust from the cars forces Theo to fly across the highway to a water levies and land on the hood of a racing car during a race competition. He shoots into the engine where his DNA strands transform and create Theo into a super snail. He passes out and is awakened by crows looking for an afternoon snack. Theo then finds out he has possession of the powers and zooms back to the plant to explain to his brother Chet. Theo then embarks on an incredible journey to achieve the impossible: racing against he best in the Indianapolis 500. This is a story about the ultimate underdog who sets out to show that anything is possible