The Red Turtle- A Review

The Red Turtle is the story of a nameless stranger, shipwrecked and lost on an uninhabited island in the middle of the sea. Desperate to escape and return to the world of mankind he makes a raft only to have it destroyed time and again by a mystical red sea turtle.

The film is the love child between Wild Bunch and the much loved Studio Ghibli but if you’re expecting a traditional Ghibli movie you aren’t going to find it here. The film has the signature stamp of its director, Michaël Dudok de Wit, it is produced by Studio Ghibli and Mr Dudok de Wit said their insight proved invaluable but it isn’t a traditional Ghibli film.

The Red Turtle revolves around man’s connection to nature, the importance of love and family, and the feeling of loneliness. It is a visual masterpiece which is almost totally devoid of speech, the music is perfectly composed by Laurent Perez Del Mar and the story is both thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. The movie is not, however, without humour, in parts the film is laugh-out-loud funny and tear jerking at the same time.

I’m afraid of ruining it for you lovely people if I discuss it any further but trust me I can’t recommend this film enough, it is really art in motion, you have to watch it!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Carey says:

    I stopped watching the trailer because it was packed with spoilers and rather dull. Why watch the movie when I now know as much about it as I need in order to fill in the gaps with my imagination? Do I need their version when I now have my own? I think my version is likely to be much more original. The trailer seems to run the full range from anodyne to slushy. I enjoyed Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle but will probably give this a miss. Pity really because being alone on an island is my life-long fantasy. Ho-hum.


    1. Trust me the film is actually a huge surprise, it isn’t at all spoilt in the trailer! However you may be right to avoid it (I totally agree Spirited Away and Howls MC are the best) because the film really isn’t like any of the other Studio Ghibli films!


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