Friday, May 09, 2008

Speed Racer

Yikes, Peter Suderman really didn't like Speed Racer. But his review is entertaining at least. Read it instead of seeing the movie.

Speed Racer opens with a shot of a boy, perhaps six years old, trapped in a school desk, anxiously tapping his foot while daydreaming of a racecar-inspired fantasyland. That pretty much tells you everything you need to know about this spastic display of multicolored auto-mania. The whole film has been designed to look like a Hello Kitty on bad acid — splashes and swirls of garish color fuel every frame — and all of it flies by with the painful rapidity of a machine gun. It’s not so much a movie as a barrage of computer-generated twitches stitched together for an audience that has trouble paying attention through an entire commercial.

It's not too surprising as there isn't a lot with which to work with Speed Racer. Much better would be a film version of Star Blazers.

2 comments:

Dan Kent said...

I [heart] Star Blazers. That was my first obsessive TV show ever. I remember watching it at 7a in Seattle growing up. Getting up early to eat breakfast before so that I could watch all the way to the end before running for the bus. Ahh, the good ol' days.

Tripp said...

I think it was my first obsessive show as well. I watched Battle of the Planets as a kind of proxy since Starblazers was only shown intermittently in my town.