A couple weeks ago I saw Speed Racer with my wife and kids. Lots of fun was had by all in this action-packed animé brought to hyper-real life.
I took a day off work on May 16, a day when my kids didn't have
school, and my wife and I took them to see Speed Racer, the new movie from the
Wachowski brothers. I'd read the reviews, and seen the glowing review
on Ebert & Roeper, and it looked like it would be a good time.
I never saw the original animated series "Mahha Go-go-go" that Speed Racer is based
on. ("Mahha" is "Mach" -- as in the speed of sound -- in katakana
English; "Go" is Japanese for "5", and a pun of course.) My wife is
Japanese, and she grew up watching "Mahha Go-go-go" as a kid. She
tells me that the casting was excellent; the movie characters feel
like they're straight out of the cartoon (Christina Ricci's
resemblance to a stock animé character doesn't hurt at all). The only
issue I had was extremely minor: I thought that, when he had his
"determined" look on his face, Emile Hirsch looked a bit like Jack
Speed Racer is full of action. Impossible action. The cars have
"extras", like jump-pistons, that absolutely defy physical laws. The
racetracks are so outlandish, their construction would require
Fullerene (carbon nanotubes) at least. But it's fun, and movies are
where we suspend disbelief. And it's full of color. Oh, my, the
color. It's like a day-glo world, like a candy store.
The movie is funny where it needs to be (I laughed out loud, which is
pretty rare for me). The action is gripping. And it's even touching
Speed Racer may not be for everyone. My tastes are definitely
example, I haven't had this much sheer fun at a movie since Kill Bill
vol. 1 (in a much more
family-friendly way though). However, it wasn't just me; my whole
family enjoyed it.
Go see Speed Racer before it leaves the theaters. It's well worth
seeing on the big screen. And stick around for the first part of the
closing credits too.