I’ve wanted to see Speed Racer for the longest time, and I finally had the opportunity this afternoon. It had its promising setup: revival of a classic 1960s animated show directed by the Wachowki Brothers (a la Matrix fame). But as much as the movie was visually appealing with it’s eye-raping vibrancy of techno colors and an all-star cast populated with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Emile Hirsch, John Goodman, and Christina Ricci, the movie offered a mixed feeling.
I like the film more towards the end of the movie because it was more cohesive story-wise and more suspenseful. The beginning of the film felt tediously slow with too many flashbacks as exposition. After 30 minutes, I was beginning to wonder when the film would actually start. The directors certainly had promise, but the movie really could be cut by almost 40 minutes. There was nothing wrong with the cast as they all delivered excellent performances, especially he family unit serving a great supporting cast. Emile Hirsch had his subtlety of melodrama while Matthew Fox had enough intrigue to be the mysterious Racer X. The costume designs also gave enough reverence to the original series. By the end of the film, I felt the exhilaration of Speed Racer and it’s clever use of colorful, eye-popping cinematography. Oh, and the film had enough male eye candy (Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, and Scott Porter) for me to continue with the film even if the first half was lackluster.
My Rating: C