This is one of the craziest movies I have ever come across. The actual idea behind it is pretty simple, what if a snail, the world’s slowest creature could race? I’m not just talking pimped out snail racing but actual speed racing with cars eg Nascar. The movie they have created from this insane idea is absolutely brilliant and it’s not even made by Disney or Pixar. It’s a kids movie but don’t let that put you off watching it. It has a stellar voice cast in Samuel L Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogen (Zack and Miri make a porno), Ken Jeong (The hangover trilogy), Michelle Rodriguez (Fast and Furious movies), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) so you know right there that its going to have awesome tunes and that it’s going to be hilarious.
This is one of those movies that advertising did the worst job possible in promoting the interesting points of this movie. I remember when it came out and I had the option to go see this as I had time to kill but I chose not to. The trailer didn’t do it any favours either as far as I can recall. I know knew that it involved nitrous oxide but that was about it. This reminds me of Serenity which is another excellent movie but is promoted terribly so it’s always in the Bargain Bin section but pick it up and you will find a gem. Its even better than Firefly which is the TV series it finishes. Lots of people are probably going to dislike that but ce la vie.
This movie is about having a dream and not letting anything stand in your way of achieving it no matter how impossible it seems. You never know what is around the next corner and in the case of Turbo as he calls himself , you truly don’t as he reaches heights you couldn’t imagine ever being a possibility for a snail. I like the camaraderie of the other snails of helping the underdog to beat the incumbent driver regardless of what transpires in between to prevent this from happening. It reminds me of the spirit of Cars where a young car takes on pretty much the same track and learns what life is all about. The racing part reminds me of Talladega Nights – The ballad of Ricky Bobby which was a pretty poor movie but still contains the same arrogant diver who thinks he is god’s gift to racing. That was a comedy as well with Sacha Baron Cohen but he wasn’t the main character so its not gross its more a biopic.
Its not just the snail that gets his dream come true with help from all parties. The humans involved do too so it just goes to show that with a little self believe you can do anything no matter how ridiculous it may seem.