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Official Reviews for Speed Racer

Published May 5, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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Now that the first official summer tentpole weekend is closing out it's time to look to the next film coming our way. Can Speed Racer put an end to Iron Man? Or are we doing to have to wait until Prince Caspian?

Speed Racer Reviews

The latest screening report for Speed Racer comes from one who claims to have been a fan of the classic cartoon series. Though the person wasn't impressed by the film's marketing, he has nothing but good things to say about the final product. I say 'he', as the screener mentions that he took his girlfriend to the screening. Could the reviewer have been a girl? I can only wish, but I digress...

True to its origins as a ‘60s Japanese animated kiddie favorite, “Speed Racer” blasts into cultural prominence four decades later as an ultra-cartoony actioner defined by its Day-Glo colors, resistance to any laws of physics, and notions of good and evil that go no further than having the hero drive a white car. Aimed squarely at family audiences, the Wachowski Brothers’ return behind the camera for the first time since “The Matrix” trilogy is a blur of video action painting and very loud sounds notable solely for its technical wizardry. Otherwise, it’s pure cotton candy -- entirely non-nutritious but too sweet and pretty for young people to resist. General audiences worldwide look to make this Warner Bros. release a substantial hit in all formats, from Imax to eventual homeview sales, with extra coin assured from moppets who require repeat viewings.

Hollywood Reporter
Amid the current push by filmmakers to deny photo-reality in favor of animated impressionism comes "Speed Racer," a Wachowski Brothers motion picture derived from a '60s Japanese cartoon television series that is itself inspired by a Japanese manga.

In this aggressively rudimentary emotional drama designed -- literally -- around impossible racing car action, actors are painted into a cartoon world through CGI and vividly colored backgrounds as images move across the screen like shifting panels in a comic strip. The basic laws of gravity and aerodynamics aren't simply denied; they are totally repealed. This causes the sensation of being trapped inside a 3-D video game.

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Speed Racer opens to theaters on May 9th.

For the trailer, stills, posters and more information on the film, go to the Speed Racer Movie Page.
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