‘Speed Racer’ is actually pretty good!

We have come to the end of month one of Summer Movies. The hits (to no surprise to anyone): Iron Man (good!) and Indiana Jones and the Dumbest of The Series. Prince Caspian didn’t do as well as predicted (a bit of a surprise), and Speed Racer tanked–both critically and commercially (It’s only grossed about $40 million).

I was hesitant to see Speed Racer because of the negative buzz, but now that I have seen it, I wish I didn’t delay.

What’s it about: The Racer family’s second oldest son, Speed (Emile Hirsch) has a preternatural knack for driving race cars, just like his older brother Rex, who died racing years before. When Speed rejects a sweet offer to race for Billionaire Arnold Royalton (Roger Allam), he discovers the world of his favorite sport is ripe with corruption. Recruited by the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox), Speed must win the Crucible, a deadly cross-country race that took his brother Rex. Oh, and there’s a ninja fight scene.

What’s good about it: The film is fast and furious and feels much shorter than its 135 minute running time. The visuals are simultaneously jarring and breathtaking. There literally is no other movie that looks like this. Vibrant colors and impressive racing sequences make this the first movie that feels like a video game without that being an insult. It’s also cool to see an action film that is pro-family. This is a movie that demands to be seen on the big screen or eventually on Blu-Ray. And there’s a ninja fight scene.

What’s bad about it: Warner Bros. decided to push Speed Racer as a family film, which probably wasn’t the best way to go. Because it’s PG and not PG-13, older movie goers stayed away. And because of its running time the film is way too long for small kids. And there’s only one ninja fight scene.

The perfect movie for: 10 year-old boys.


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One Response to “‘Speed Racer’ is actually pretty good!”

  1. Jed Says:

    Nice Yikbo! I like it already!

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