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13 May 2008 @ 09:32 am
Speed Racer: the most fun you'll ever have at a movie (with your pants on)  
I saw Speed Racer this weekend and oh holy hell, it was great! I know it got beaten up in the box office and by some critics who are unobservant of the ways of awesomeness, but you can ignore all that. I'm one of the least vocal people you'll ever see at a movie and I couldn't help but giggle aloud with pure joy throughout the entire movie.

Not only is it staggeringly perfect in recreating everything that was great about the original cartoon, it's also an amazingly good time in its own right. Great characters, excellent melodrama, heart-pounding action, hilarious comedy, and every single frame crammed with ultratechnicolor fun.

Now I'm not completely surprised that some people had trouble with it. Realism and physics weren't just ignored, they were guillotined on the steps of the palace. The visuals were downright hallucinogenic and the writing and acting both highly stylized. And yet, as disconcerting as all that is, it worked perfectly.

After the second and third Matrix movies, I was having my doubts, but this movie has forever proven to me the sheer genius of the Wachowski siblings. Buy your ticket, slouch down in your seat, turn off your expectations, and grip your armrests for dear life, because this movie is one of the best thrill rides ever.

 
 
Listening to: The Replacements - "Nightclub Jitters"
 
 
 
walrus damnitdylanevl on May 13th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Meh, the last 2 Matrix movies were fantastic.
RoseSeuleroseseule on May 13th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
I liked all but about 40 minutes of the movie, as I felt the stock market talk and other blah blah stopped the damn thing DEAD every time they got into it. They should have stuck with making it a cartoon and the family stuff instead of trying to give us an economic lecture.
fridgemagnetfridgemagnet on May 13th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
The thing that annoys me is not so much the film itself, not having seen it and everything, but the fact that "Speed Racer" means basically cock all to anyone outside of (a) the US and (b) Japan - yet there are billboards here for it. I know what Speed Racer is having picked up the cultural references, but I've never seen more than the odd clip, and it has no retro connotations for me at all.

Scooby Doo, yes, that was widespread. Battle Of The Planets was on TV here as well. Speed Racer... wasn't, and there's nothing more annoying than being fed somebody else's damn nostalgia.
ext_83464 on May 14th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer... but the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard