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Movie Review – Turbo – A movie with meaning?

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This week’s review was going to be on Monsters University. Thursday evening, when I told the ticket sales person I wanted to see Monsters University he said, “I’m sorry, but that movie is not having a 7 p.m. showing today; we are previewing three other movies in that time slot. Bummer! I had already picked Turbo for the following week, so I went to see it instead – what else COULD I do? The Turbo movie, after a slow start, though not quite a snails pace, picks up speed and turns into a movie with meaning. (Aesop, you have a competitor!)
The greatest challenge in my mind for this movie was, “How could a slow, yet highly motivated and definitely desirous of racing, snail come to have blazing speed?” Aesop’s tortoise won the race because the hare napped – the moral to that story was … well, you know that one!!! This snail, Theo, renamed Turbo, competes in a race also; and with the finish line in sight … well, you have to see this movie to know what happens. (Turbo’s competitor is certainly NOT napping.)
Theo’s friends and his brother think he is absolutely crazy to want to race, since it takes him 17 minutes to “race” the distance of a yardstick – or was it a 12-inch ruler??? But Theo has a dream, and even as a garden snail he works at it every day. He pasted part of a checkered flag and the number “5” on his shell, admires it in a mirror and daydreams while watching racing on TV, often. When he is discouraged by the long-lasting negativity of others, he repeats to himself, “No dream is too big – and no dreamer is too small!”
One evening he runs out of patience dealing with doubters and belittlers, and goes outside his garden area and yard. After several life threatening situations and unforeseen occurrences, he finds himself captured – by a human, Tito. Although a partner in a food establishment, Tito doesn’t want him for escargot. Instead he befriends Theo and comes to believe in his dream, for Tito is a big dreamer himself, also with an unsupportive brother.
This movie is encouraging for those with dreams to not give up easily, and for those who are not supportive of dreamers to remember no matter how difficult the task others have set their eyes and heart on, they just need to know you care about them and accept that they can have dreams to work toward, whether you believe in the dream or not. It also clearly demonstrates people’s personalities are always not what you perceive.
Bottom line – this little animated film’s moral is this – care about others, not what they can do for you, nor what you may have sacrificed for them; just care about the person and let him know it. Friendship and family can rally round you, win or lose. That is, after all, what really matters to dreamers.
This review is ‘ONE person’s opinion’ of this movie. If you go to see it, feel free to send YOUR opinion of it to jpatterson@chestercountyindependent.com. I am now going to read a few professional reviews, and I invite you to do the same.
Next week’s movie review will cover Monsters University, unless there is another unforeseen occurrence at the ticket office.

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