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Early “Speed Racer” Review

A tipster has sent in an early review of the upcoming Speed Racer film to Ain’t It Cool News. Check it out after the jump.

From the site:

MINOR SPOILER REVIEW

First time reviewing a film in writing, not the best but here ya go.

So on Monday, Feb.18, I was able to attend a screening of a very unfinished version of Speed Racer held in the afternoon on the Warner Bros. lot for “friends and family”. Needless to say I was not expecting much out of the film for too many reasons. One: Its based on a cartoon, which hasn’t been the greatest contribution to cinema in the past. And while I remember the cartoon and liked watching it as a kid, I had no real sentimental attachment to it or the characters.

Two: Written and directed by the Wachowskis, their track record has been spotty at best ( I like the first Matrix, the other two are complete meandering disasters). And three: The trailer. It caught me off guard because it looks exactly like a living cartoon. And that was the last thing I expected.

Of course they warned us that the music was only temporary, and that the FX had not been completed just yet and was a huge understatement! I have been to many test screenings and have never seen anything this incomplete before, seeing as how the movie relies heavily on CGI to make up the environment around the characters in nearly every aspect of their lives. Strangley I am able to say that I still actually enjoyed this movie a whole hell of a lot. It is definately a living cartoon handled by two, ahem, people ( men?? not sure what I should put there) who seem to have a true love and affinity for the cartoon. Its hoaky, corny, and completely defies reality, sure. But it is done so well that it truly was entertaining. Exactly what a family summer movie should be. The race sequences are some of the most kinetic and intense that I have ever seen (even when it is just shitty cartoon pre-vis renderings flying around on the tracks). The action was so intense and crazy in parts that seriously it made the Matrix movies seem like you’re watching a Gus Van Sant art film.

The plot is typical of a movie like this. Main character is good at what he does, gets the world offered to him by a crooked business man, and has to defy him and expose him for his crimes. Nothing new there and I dont believe I am spoiling anything, as you can see that in the preview. What is surprising is the amount of character and family that the movie portrays.The movie starts off with Speed waiting in his locker room for the race to begin. Then immediately we flash back to Speed as a kid trying to take a test in grade school, but he just cant seem to concentrate, all he can think about is racing, so he pretends to race through the test. We literally see his imagination come to life as he races a childishly drawn race car past other crudely drawn race cars.

For the rest of the review, follow the link to the source below.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

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  • pat

    seems dumb

  • pat

    seems dumb

  • Henry Anglin

    If I want a cartoon…I will buy the 52 episode Box Set…not a live action – cartoon.

  • Henry Anglin

    If I want a cartoon…I will buy the 52 episode Box Set…not a live action – cartoon.

  • http://www.michaelanthonysteele.com/ ANT

    I’ve read the script and I’m betting fans of the original series won’t be disappointed. Besides, Filmakers should be praised for keeping diehard fans in mind when bringing childhood properties to the big screen. So often it’s the opposite (Lucas, Schumacher, etc.).

  • http://www.michaelanthonysteele.com ANT

    I’ve read the script and I’m betting fans of the original series won’t be disappointed. Besides, Filmakers should be praised for keeping diehard fans in mind when bringing childhood properties to the big screen. So often it’s the opposite (Lucas, Schumacher, etc.).

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com/ Russ T.C.

    After seeing the first glimpses of the film, my reaction was a bit subdued, but I’ve warmed up a bit more to it in recent weeks as I see more and more footage of it. It looks like it may turn out to be a pretty fun movie.

  • http://entertainmentnow.wordpress.com Russ T.C.

    After seeing the first glimpses of the film, my reaction was a bit subdued, but I’ve warmed up a bit more to it in recent weeks as I see more and more footage of it. It looks like it may turn out to be a pretty fun movie.

  • http://ticketortv.blogspot.com/ Jay | TicketOrTv

    I think it might actually be a cool movie but the reviews I’ve been reading so far doesn’t make Speed racer sound like I wanna see it. Oh well, what else is coming out?

  • http://ticketortv.blogspot.com Jay | TicketOrTv

    I think it might actually be a cool movie but the reviews I’ve been reading so far doesn’t make Speed racer sound like I wanna see it. Oh well, what else is coming out?

  • Ted Leski

    Go, Speed Racer, Go! THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS’ SUPER KID, HIGH-TECH WIN.
    by Ted Leski
    Updated Friday, May 9, 2008, at 15:50 PM ET

    Speed Racer is a mind-numbing sensory blitzkrieg that the target audience will love. While the content and color of this film may be a bit over the top for most adult moviegoers, there kids are certain to be happily satisfied, and wanting more. The movie, from the start to finish is tailor made for 10 to 12 year old boys, and or adult males who want to see a true live action retro-futuristic version of the classic 1960’s cartoon. Waaay before this movie ever got a green light of any kind, or was even in anybody’s consciousness to do such a thing, I was wondering what a straight transfer of the original 60’s cartoon might look like on the big screen and I fell asleep. I was thinking that a 21st century live action version would need a few steroids to get it going and totally morph a flat “Zen Like cartoon” into a summer blockbuster live toon that’d leave the young ones screaming for more and older folks running for the door (or at least waiting outside in the “parent day care center” until the children finish in the movie theater.

    In vibrant, colorful fashion there are battles with ninjas, drives straight up the sides of ice cliffs, and enough “car-fu” to start a new hybrid genre of action flick that car and gaming enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.

    Another interesting thing about the treatment of the film is the way it totally immerses you in absolutely everything, by taking all of the visual/timing devices used in the original cartoon and jacking them up over the edge beyond human reason. It was like being in a giant pinball machine. This is definitely for an audience who doesn’t (at the moment) care about story; a primarily visual bunch that thrives on enormous lollipops, colorful candies and tons of caffeine.
    Images of the Joel Schumacker Batman and Running Man came to mind only this was waay better in that it wasn’t just Characters running around on pretty sets with colored lights. Whatever their audience is they have a way of strapping you in whether you like it or not and subjecting you to completely visual experience.
    Warning Warning Warning Warning…
    If you are prone to seizures do not go see this movie. EMS will be outside every movie theater where this thing is playing. If you have taken some kind of mind altering substance such as LSD, MushRooms, or Pot do not go see this movie; If you do? Your #!%*@$

    -Ted

  • Ted Leski

    Go, Speed Racer, Go! THE WACHOWSKI BROTHERS’ SUPER KID, HIGH-TECH WIN.
    by Ted Leski
    Updated Friday, May 9, 2008, at 15:50 PM ET

    Speed Racer is a mind-numbing sensory blitzkrieg that the target audience will love. While the content and color of this film may be a bit over the top for most adult moviegoers, there kids are certain to be happily satisfied, and wanting more. The movie, from the start to finish is tailor made for 10 to 12 year old boys, and or adult males who want to see a true live action retro-futuristic version of the classic 1960’s cartoon. Waaay before this movie ever got a green light of any kind, or was even in anybody’s consciousness to do such a thing, I was wondering what a straight transfer of the original 60’s cartoon might look like on the big screen and I fell asleep. I was thinking that a 21st century live action version would need a few steroids to get it going and totally morph a flat “Zen Like cartoon” into a summer blockbuster live toon that’d leave the young ones screaming for more and older folks running for the door (or at least waiting outside in the “parent day care center” until the children finish in the movie theater.

    In vibrant, colorful fashion there are battles with ninjas, drives straight up the sides of ice cliffs, and enough “car-fu” to start a new hybrid genre of action flick that car and gaming enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.

    Another interesting thing about the treatment of the film is the way it totally immerses you in absolutely everything, by taking all of the visual/timing devices used in the original cartoon and jacking them up over the edge beyond human reason. It was like being in a giant pinball machine. This is definitely for an audience who doesn’t (at the moment) care about story; a primarily visual bunch that thrives on enormous lollipops, colorful candies and tons of caffeine.
    Images of the Joel Schumacker Batman and Running Man came to mind only this was waay better in that it wasn’t just Characters running around on pretty sets with colored lights. Whatever their audience is they have a way of strapping you in whether you like it or not and subjecting you to completely visual experience.
    Warning Warning Warning Warning…
    If you are prone to seizures do not go see this movie. EMS will be outside every movie theater where this thing is playing. If you have taken some kind of mind altering substance such as LSD, MushRooms, or Pot do not go see this movie; If you do? Your #!%*@$

    -Ted

  • Rachel Geiter

    LOOOVED the movie. Don’t care what the critics say, it was AMAZING. Not only was the action very intense and entertaining, but the plot line was pleasing and the characters were well interwoven. Beautiful, fun, electrifying ride!
    -Rachel

  • Rachel Geiter

    LOOOVED the movie. Don’t care what the critics say, it was AMAZING. Not only was the action very intense and entertaining, but the plot line was pleasing and the characters were well interwoven. Beautiful, fun, electrifying ride!
    -Rachel

  • Speed

    All of you idiots out there who think about reviewing a movie before you see the final result on the big screen should just quit life now i read so many reviews on how bad it is and yes im 20 and i absolutely loved this movie, saw it on opening night day after and about 6 more times since. Thats pretty much how good it is, the casting was done very well cgi was very good and the stories (and yes i say stories as anyone who knows anything about the original Speed Racer japanime would know that there was about unless i missed or counted incorrectly 4 stories going on) underlining the whole movie were pulled together perfectly at the end.

  • Speed

    All of you idiots out there who think about reviewing a movie before you see the final result on the big screen should just quit life now i read so many reviews on how bad it is and yes im 20 and i absolutely loved this movie, saw it on opening night day after and about 6 more times since. Thats pretty much how good it is, the casting was done very well cgi was very good and the stories (and yes i say stories as anyone who knows anything about the original Speed Racer japanime would know that there was about unless i missed or counted incorrectly 4 stories going on) underlining the whole movie were pulled together perfectly at the end.