The Red Turtle (2016) Movie Review

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Writer: Michael Dudok de Wit, Pascale Ferran (Screenplay) Michael Dudok de Wit (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy, Axel Devillers, Barbara Beretta

Plot: A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Beautiful

Story: The Red Turtle starts when a man gets washed up on a desert island, alone he looks for the essentials, water and food, before trying to figure out how he can get off the island. First, he builds a raft, which only fails his escape plans.

Once the man learns that he is being followed by a mysterious red turtle his whole life on the island changes in a way her would never have imagined.

Thoughts on The Red Turtle

Characters – This is a film where the characters have no names, only roles, the man is the one that gets trapped on the island, looking for a way to find rescue, shelter and survival, something he can manages, before setting off on his own voyage of self-discovery on the island. The Red Turtle seems to be holding the man on the island before giving him a gift which will change his life.

StoryThe story here follows a man that becomes stranded on a desert island where he searches for a way off, looks to survive, only to clash with a mysterious creature that seems to be holding him to the island. This is a story that is all about the visuals we see, it could easily be reflected into the garden of Eden that the man has been given with different aspects of survival involved, be it from needing food, drink or shelter or one’s own mental ability of being alone. This is a story that could also be look at in different ways by different people, which only enhances this to new levels.

Adventure/FantasyThe adventure side of this film shows just how one man makes a life out of his time on the island, this does get mixed with the fantasy elements of the film too.

SettingsThe film is set on one desert island which does have a lot to survive with, only it has no escape from. It looks beautiful while feeling empty.

AnimationThe animation is amazing too, with the different lighting to show different times of day, weather conditions and environment changes.


Scene of the Movie – The Full Life.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts This is a beautiful animation that shows the importance of life, happiness and survival.

Overall: One of the most beautiful animations ever.