Speed Racer


speed racer

Many people will despise Speed Racer, it’s so audacious and willfully insane that it will drive them round the bend! But if you’re willing to totally surrender your senses and let your eyes be shot at with rainbow coloured lazers coated in sugar, you’ll probably have a good time. As the end credits blast onto the screen, Chim-Chim the chimp dances and jumps around to the retro theme tune. My sister turned to me and said “I feel like I’m 5 years old”.  You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s a good thing. Most people will only mention the striking visual style of the racing sequences but personally I think that’s overlooking the most successful aspects of the film. I didn’t expect such solid performances. Susan Sarandon and John Goodman inject real soul into their dialogue. Christina Ricci is adorable and Emile Hirsch (brilliant in everything since The Girl Next Door) really pulls it of as the eponymous Speed Racer. The Wachowski’s have wisely inter-cut two crucial race sequences with flashbacks for the key characters. The epic cross-country race in the middle of the film lacks this context. So strangely it feels the least interesting despite the constant barrage of eye candy. Ultimately this is a real “Marmite” film, and I suspect many many people will just feel confused or simply won’t give a s***. Although it is flawed (mostly due to it’s insane compulsion to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen) Speed Racer is a bold experiment from the genius directors of The Matrix. It’s a mindless, colourful, loud live-action/cartoon hybrid. It shouldn’t be judged as anything more, or anything less……… also, John Goodman throws a ninja out of a window!


~ by thewholebuffalo on July 9, 2009.

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