“Gran Turismo” (2023) masterfully finds its footing between heart-pounding action and touching storytelling. This review thoughtfully explores the film’s noteworthy aspects.
Unpacking the Plot
The journey begins with Danny Moore (Orlando Bloom), a marketing executive on a mission to revive real-life racing’s appeal for the digital generation. Things get intriguing when Jann Mardenborough (Archie Madekwe), an adept gamer, rises to prominence. His triumph in Nissan-sponsored video game competitions paves the way for an inspiring underdog tale.
Character Growth and Depth
A highlight worth mentioning is the film’s commendable character development. Witnessing Jann’s transformation under the guidance of former racer-turned-mechanic Jack Salter (David Harbour) and the touching relationship between Jann and his father, Steve Mardenborough (Djimon Hounsou), is deeply moving.
“Gran Turismo” seamlessly integrates top-tier CGI, enhancing the virtual gaming and heart-racing racing sequences.
A Remarkable Touch of Reality
While the plot might seem a touch far-fetched, the knowledge that it’s rooted in true events adds an extra layer of appreciation. The film embodies the classic “Dream-Struggle-Victory” narrative, celebrating the human spirit’s resilience. In an era filled with flashy blockbusters and underlying agendas, “Gran Turismo” stands out as an agenda-free, character-driven narrative that echoes genuine triumphs.
A Rekindled Sense of Inspiration
“Gran Turismo” reignites the belief in pursuing dreams, even when the path is unconventional. With a 4/5 star rating, it may not be flawless, but it’s undeniably a very good film. It’s not just a movie; it’s an experience that leaves you with a sense of awe, reaffirming the power of determination and passion.
Prepare for an engaging journey that will leave you thoroughly entertained. “Gran Turismo” is a worthwhile watch that strikes a balance between excitement and heart.
Chelsea Robson, Co-host of the Animation Addicts Podcast, studied studio engineering and is a singer/songwriter and is know as "The World Traveler of the Podcast." She speaks fluent Portuguese, loves being outdoors, hiking small mountains, riding horses, and talking about human nature.