The Reel Friar

Your monthly movie review from Alex and Jasper.

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The Reel Friar

Jasper Hammer and Alex Salonga

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Jasper: Hey! I’m Jasper.

Alex: And I’m Alex.

Jasper: And this is Real Friar with this month’s movie, Turbo Kid.

Alex: Now for a quick synopsis from a computer.

Alexa: [Loading sounds]  Synopsis of Turbo Kid – In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, an orphaned teen (Munro Chambers) must battle a ruthless warlord (Michael Ironside) to save the girl (Laurence Leboeuf) of his dreams.

Alex: When I first watched the movie three words came to mind, gore, gore and good character arcs.

Jasper: [Laughter] Yeah, I think that the campiness and the low budget really helped the movie instead of hampering it because half the appeal of the whole movie was watching the characters tear each other apart with household objects.

Alex: It was quite unique in how they really pulled out everything in their bag for how you can completely mutilate someone.

Alex: Disclaimer, this is not a movie to watch with your little kid sister and grandma, unless by your judgment they are cool with ridiculous gore and light profanity.

Jasper: Yeah, there’s a part where they put a shovel into some dude’s stomach and someone falls on the handle, and then it blows the top of him off right in half and lands on another dude’s head. Then there was a lot of creativity that went into how they can tear people apart.

Alex: And it was over-the-top to the point where it was funny. It wasn’t scary like a horror movie.

Jasper: Exactly. Yeah. And the 80’s feel really contributed to that sort of feeling instead of scaring you off, and tearing up the movie, and throwing up.

Jasper: The main character is basically a superhero in a world that ended in the 80’s, so everything in the world has kind of these diegetic and non-diegetic sounds all over the place. This world also has this sort of retro feel and it is really cool to see the soundtrack is like 80’s synthesizers. The color palette of everything is a little more bright than you would expect for the end of the world.

Alex: Yes like an atomic wasteland.

Jasper: On the characters anyway.

Alex: Yeah, on the characters anyway.

Jasper: And character arcs. It was great. My favorite character in the whole movie wasn’t Turbo Kid it was Apple, his robot best friend.

Alex: Apple was genius.

Jasper: Yes. Her story was that she was a robot that caused the end of the world, but then she was just a friendship bot.

Alex: Well robots caused the end of the world.

Jasper: Robots caused the end of the world. I think so. It’s never really explained.

Alex: Yeah

Jasper: But Apple was a really good character. 

Alex: It was actually surprising that she was a robot but it made sense when I reconsidered it.

Jasper: So Apple– it was a twist. When we discovered that she was an alien and it was more about what you didn’t see in the movie. People who wrote and directed, the whole directive team of this movie really understood what they were doing. You can tell what they were doing, they knew how far they could stretch the audience’s disbelief. However ridiculous they made the movie. It was still a great story and a great movie on its own, minus all the effects. 

Alex: “Effects”.

Jasper: Effects, yes. And I feel that really contributed to the story as a whole. It is a reason you care for the characters. They didn’t tell you “hey, care for them.” They showed you, and made you care for them.

Alex: Yeah my favorite part was when Turbo Kid and Apple are sitting at a campfire and he finds out she knows Kung Fu or Karate or something. She starts teaching him and she just shouts. What is it? “Groin, throat, eyes”.  Right? And later he uses that move on an enemy and he just uses a machete and chops his groin off, and chops him through the throat, and across the eyes. And he is just like this accordion and just falls down. Hahaha

Jasper: I think actually Apple did it first in an actual battle.

Alex: Probably.

Jasper: And it was it they really did a good job with callbacks. In the very beginning of the movie they showed a hammer and then the hammer became influential throughout the movie. Biking, we can talk about biking in this movie all day.

Alex: It just there was so many aspects that gave this film such a feel. Literally.

Jasper: Yeah. It was a total knock-off Mad Max but without any budget. You know.

Alex: Yes.

Jasper: Everybody rode around on these super tricked out bicycles instead of cars.

Alex: Yeah.

Jasper: And it was a little bit laughable. It was laughable when you were watching. But when you think about it more, maybe it makes more sense than having a bunch of cars.

Alex: Yes.

Jasper: Because these things don’t take gas and they’re free and are lying everywhere.

Alex: Dang, so is Turbo Kid more believable than Mad Max? Let us know what you think at [email protected]

Jasper: Oh and the callbacks.

Alex: Talking about the hammer, and the secret lair, and the glasses that he wears. Not to spoil the movie. But they really became influential to how the story was told. And I feel like movie makers really it is something they can use  I would say more often in popular cinema. And I think that Turbo Kid did so well at all these festivals because they use these tropes. They use their pre-establish setting and callbacks.

Jasper: Yeah they really took advantage of what people already knew about the setting and just general inferences.

Alex: Yeah. Yeah that was really cool. Now final statements.

Jasper: Let me think of mine.

Alex: My final statement is: I say this movie was Halloween Horror Nights mixed with a bad 80’s movie by people who know how to tell a story. 

Jasper: This movie was everything that I thought about, but was not allowed

to say at school as a kid.

Alex: You were a messed up kid, man.

Jasper: I’m Jasper.

Alex: And I am Alex.

Jasper: And this was Reel Friar.  See you next month.



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