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Published May 6, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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Looks like Iron Man won't have to worry too much about Speed Racer after all. While Iron Man did fine with the critics, the upcoming Wachowski concoction is having a tougher start out the gates.

Speed Racer Reviews

Below are one positive and one negative review for Speed Racer. The general consensus claims that the film is all visuals with clunky story thrown in to keep the wheels spinning. Well, judging by the trailers, duh!

You’ve got to hand it to the Wachowski Brothers, they don’t do things by halves. They were last seen cramming the back-to-back Matrix sequels so full of references to obscure anime, classical fantasy and Jean Baudrillard’s philosophy of symbolic exchange and hyperreality, it was the first known sighting of ‘dumbing up’. The films became interminable. They have now arrived at Speed Racer, once known as Mach Go Go Go, an anime TV series from the late 1960s that spilled into the daydreams of American boys.

Outside of the Benetton-sprawl of CG, the brothers fall prey to their worst tendencies. Why is a film about a good-looking boy winning car races so hard to follow? The storyline stops and starts like a damp Cortina, stuttering on endless flashbacks and sub-plots, and long, rumbling monologues from the Dick Dastardly of the piece, Mr. Royalton (a hammy Roger Allam).

Imagine someone pouring hot, melted Starburst candies into your corneas, and you just begin to approximate the experience of “Speed Racer,” an ice-cream headache of a movie that just keeps piling on the unnatural colors, the zoom-zoom of cars that speed and leap and drift and flip, and the ADD editing that makes it all but impossible to follow what little plot there is.

Critics will no doubt be comparing this latest production by the Wachowskis (“The Matrix” trilogy) to cartoons or video games, but next to “Speed Racer,” even candy-colored Japanese creations like “Paprika” or “Katamari Damacy” resemble the grim monochrome of “Battleship Potemkin.”

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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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