Movie: Speed Racer (PG)
Released: May 9th, 2008
Runtime: 2 hr. 15 min.
Ticket Price: $5.00 Early Matinee
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon & John Goodman
Director: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Rating: Wait for the Rental, if Not Longer
Synopsis: Speed was born to race, as his family has always been in the business of racecars. He has become the hottest thing on four wheels. He gets a big offer from a mega corporation, but turns it down and then finds that powerful people behind the scenes are fixing races to make more money. So, he sets out to win a cross-country race and beat these people at their own game. He ends up in a showdown at the Grand Prix.
Review: Speed Racer is a whirling dervish of colors flashing across the screen. While it can be beautiful to look at, although overwhelmingly so at times, it doesn’t have much else. Yet, there actually is a story underlying the whiz-bang graphics, not much of one, but one nonetheless.
From the little I have seen of the old Speed Racer cartoon, the characters all seem to have the right look. After talking with someone after the movie, it does seem to have plenty of moments that are taken from or reference the original source material. If you are a fan of the original, wouldn’t mind hearing your thoughts on how it compares.
With all the racing scenes, you would think there would be more excitement. But, this turns out not to be the case. The racing in a movie like Days of Thunder provides more and that movie wasn’t that good either. Maybe it is just too much fake and not enough real for you to suspend your disbelief and enjoy the show.
Overall, you should just wait for the rental, if not longer. Well, if new CGI techniques interest you, then it might be worth checking out on the big screen, but otherwise you aren’t missing anything. Speed Racer was quite the let down after Iron Man got the blockbuster season off to a great start last week.
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