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8 May, 2008 / Erik

Review: Speed Racer

From my mostly positive review of Speed Racer:

Get ready for color! “Speed Racer,” the new film from the Wachowski Brothers (“The Matrix,” “V for Vendetta”), hits you with bright colors from the first second–not of the film, but during the studio cards. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures logos are animated in front of a kaleidoscope of bright, sharp colors. From there, it never lets up.

Based on the classic animated series of the same name, the film details the rise of Speed Racer from his first amateur win to his first Grand Prix, but he learns a great deal about his family and corporate culture along the way. The entire gang appears; Speed, Mom, Pops, Sparky, Trixie, Racer X, and Inspector Detector. Oh yeah, Spritle and Chim-Chim are in the trunk. All the characters resemble their cartoon counterparts, and that replication is no accident as the Wachowskis made an effort to transpose the cast of actors, which features Emile Hirsch as Speed and Matthew Fox as Racer X, into the day-glo animated reality of the 1960s cartoon source. What changes you do find to the television series only aid the melding of technologies, sensibilities, and years.

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  1. Tim / May 8 2008 12:13 pm

    I lucked out when I drug (dragged) Chels with me to Iron Man, but I don’t think I’ll have as much as luck with this. Probably a netflixer.

  2. Disco Valante / May 11 2008 11:37 am

    Speed Racer was kick ass. I don’t why it is getting bad reviews. It’s a kid’s movie and is entertaining!

  3. RedQueenAR / May 13 2008 1:28 pm

    Racer X is soooo dreamy! ;-)

  4. Dave / May 29 2008 12:04 pm

    I don’t get why everyone is hating on Speed either. It’s a great movie (that admittedly sags a LOT in the middle), and it has one of the strongest endings in an action/adventure/blockbuster movie in a long time. The more I think about it, the more I like it.

  5. reauthorize / Jun 3 2008 1:41 pm

    Reauthorize says : I absolutely agree with this !

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