Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Turbo (2013)
Directed by: David Soren
Written by: Darren Lemke, Robert D Siegel, David Soren
With the Voices of: Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena

This weekend John and I went to see the new DreamWorks movie: Turbo.

The animated movie centers around a snail named Theo, nickname Turbo, whose dream is to race in the Indy 500. Turbo loves speed, racing, and the idea of being able to leave his job at the Tomato Plant and experience adventure.

I love kid movies and I thought Turbo was pretty cute. The concept of dreaming big is nothing new to movies, nor is the way Turbo finally gets to live his dreams, but it wasn't any less entertaining. You want Turbo to be different and come out on top. I think children and adults can appreciate the movie.

There were some stereotypes that I think some politically correct, uptight adults may find annoying. The movie takes place in California so you have a cast of Hispanics who like tacos, a Vietnamese woman who does nails and all the snails Turbo meets to race can easily be distinguished by their very obvious stereotypical dialects.

Did it bother me? Not really. Could they have made complicated, dimensional characters rather than resort to the same old? Definitely. But for kids they won't notice and I think it's better to show them that there are more types of people out there, especially those they can relate to. It actually was nice to see a successful Hispanic who wasn't mowing lawns or cleaning house...even if they were selling tacos.

I give Turbo a 3 out of 5 popcorn.

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