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Summary: Based on the classic 1960's Japanese animated series chronicling the aspirations of a young race car driver as he attempts to obtain glory, with the help of his family and the Mach 5, the advanced car created by his father. (cinema.com)
Live-action cartoon adaptations are usually a disaster. Not this. This is all the fun of Saturday morning cartoons as a kid brought to life in a visually-intoxicating feast. It has scenery-chewing villains, annoying sidekicks, family values and an anti-globalism message long before Occupy. I think critics expected the Wachowskis to make another Matrix or V. A chimp air-guitaring to Freebird and Viking racers in cars that smash with giant maces should have been clues to the spirit of this film.
Colorful, to say the least. Color-overflowing, to say a little more. Color-engulfed. The live-action version of the late-Sixties made-in-Japan TV cartoon is of course, in this day and age, only partly live-action: real people like Hirsch, Ricci, Goodman, Sarandon, and Fox inserted into a world of total artifice, a world of Madison Avenue utopianism, pop color, ping-pong nonsequential editing, CGI landscapes, video-game action
You only want to watch this movie for bright colors and over-the-top CGI special effects. A lot of it is practically an animated movie. Just don't expect anything especially life-changing or especially concerned with fan-service.
This is a great movie. This is one of those occasions when I feel the critics were dead wrong. Yes the movie is silly, the plot nothing special, but its a film based on a cartoon. Its called "SPEED RACER" for Chirst's sake. A colorful mind blowing assault on your senses. A film I hope becomes something of a classic with age. A must own Blu-Ray (i'm sure the dvd is ok, but blu-ray has the whole package). Do not listen to critics and see this with an open mind. You wont regret it.
Despite being childish at times, it must be noted that this is a film of wonderful sights. There's just enough plot and characterization to get by on but what really makes this fun to watch is the astounding pacing and editing. Everything zips along in the coolest ways imaginable. All the hate this movie has accrued is undeserved.
I know people didn't like this, but I thought it was perfectly made. I enjoyed the story and could follow along, the races were interesting, and Goodman/Hirsch/Fox/Ricci are all great at their characters. Add colors, a cool soundtrack, and some wacky homage to a classic cartoon and you get a surprisingly great movie.
Unironically one of the best films of 2008. Speed racer uses it's fantastic visuals to create a movie of almost pure emotion. It's a film that knows exactly what it is and isn't and works within its boundaries to near perfection. Speed Racer is the fukkin hero of the people, hell yeah.
Interesting film, nice for the fact that it is unusual, in its length, style of filming, use of special effects, video effects, etc. The acting is also quite specific to this film. The whole makes for a unusual experience.
I don't quite get it. By many conventional measures, this movie was not particularly "good". The plot is pretty cheesy, and the dialogue is not exactly Oscar-worthy. But I couldn't wipe the smile off my face while I was watching it. The Wachowski brothers clearly had a ball making this movie. The visual style of it is actually pretty incredible -- they basically went for "living cartoon universe", and they nailed it pretty well. Grab a big bucket of popcorn and buckle up.