“Speed Racer” stars Emile Hirsh, Christina Ricci, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, and Paulie Litt. It’s written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski (The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta).
Speed Racer (Emile Hirsh) is a young man following the footsteps of his deceased brother and is a natural when it comes to racing in the most extreme conditions. He is aggressive and determined to win every race he competes in. But will Speed Racer pull of the win of a lifetime in the 91st Annual Grand Prix?
Sure the film has its defects, like all the characters the film tries to introduce us to in the 120 minute running time. This leaves no room for a coherent story or even solid character development for the supporting cast. However, never once did I truly dwell on any of the film’s flaws, nor could I get the smile off my face. It may be just a little too violent for children under 10, but teenage boys should have a blast and the parents will be in awe. This film features more color than you would find in a box of crayons. The neon fluxes are simply candy for the eyes, possibly making this the coolest movie I have ever seen.
An exciting, razzel dazzle, edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride. Every flaw was overlooked when I saw the clear blue skies, eye-popping explosions, and emotionally fueled race scenes. If any movie has the capacity to “blow you away”, this film is it. A visual masterpiece complete with some favorable performances, particularly Christina Ricci in her most liveliest form. There is nothing like this out there and probably never will be. Originality at its best, delivering the goods at every stretch and every turn.
Those of you who are of a later generation never in a million years would have imagined seeing something like this. Never before has a film been so clearly and beautifully shot as this one. The target audience wont be disappointed. Using a green-screen just about the entire time doesn’t affect the attributes of the film as much as it enhances them. In fact, movie buffs will be astonished, bemused and will not believe their eyes once the credits roll.