May 14, 2008

Speed Racer

Kicking off the summer season is a list of long awaited blockbusters directed by some of Hollywood's biggest names. Remakes and adaptations are the biggest craze in the film industry, so it comes as no surprise that Speed Racer would be green-lit. The directors and stars were juggled around for several years until they found the duo with the perfect intentions. The Wachowski Brothers are very well-known for their cyber trilogy The Matrix. Together, these brothers create a breathing world for what was once a series of drawings.

This breathing world features amazing schemes of colors that were created with a massive amount of green-screening. We have cars with elaborate safety devices similar to the ones featured in Demolition Man. We have a great depth of a crime ring reminiscent to Dick Tracy's villains. Part Sonic the Hedgehog and Part Kung-Fu, Speed Racer is like a clashing of classic entertainment to create an action smoothie.

When the film's trailer was released, many fans of the huge series groaned and were disappointed. While the film did do very bad at the box office, this lies blame to the release of the mega hit Iron Man and also the fact that the people viewing this film expect some intriguing plot for something that is potentially a story that could never have any depth. Speed Racer is what it is; eye candy. The visual effects are so off the wall and gorgeous. Speed Racer is a kaleidoscopic retina rapist outfitted with amazing performances from Richard Roundtree, Matthew Fox, and Emile Hirsch.

Granted, the film has its own problems but this film still sprints to the finish line. It serves as a childrens film and even has something for adults. Many one liner's grace the screen. The most memorable would be John Goodman calling a ninja a "nonja" Some of the scenes suited for children will literally leave any adult facepalming due to the flagrant marketing to children. I long dreaded the day the word "cooties" would be used in a film again.

As every film should have, Speed Racer also has it's share of controversy. During filming, the Chimpanzee bit the stand-in for Spritle and due to this, the chimp got hit. I would like to say beaten up for comedic value but it was simply a strike. Due to this ridiculous incident, the AHA rated Speed Racer unacceptable.

Speed Racer is an experience unlike many. The plot is quick and delivers a smooth road to the action which is sprinkled through out the film nicely. Matthew Fox is Racer X. After my recent LOST obsession, It's nice to see Fox play another role besides Jack. Speed Racer will make you laugh, wow, and near tear up due to the montages of inspirations. It is arguably a great film. It depends on your idea of fun. Relive your childhood and enjoy this.



Anonymous said...

The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer... the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard

teddy crescendo said...

The race sequences in this movie are amongst the most magical and dazzling ever committed to celluloid its a shame that the rest of it was such tedious garbage, if the entire movie had been a non-stop race sequence (literally for the entire 2 hour running time) there is no question that "Speed Racer" would`ve been the greatest film ever made.