Speed Racer the Movie
One of the founding fathers of the “anime”
genre, Speed Racer receives a 21st century make over thanks
to the Wachowski Brothers who are the ones responsible for the epic Matrix
For Speed Racer, it receives a similar high speed and strange
tale about a young racer played by the delightful Emile Hirsch who
is part of the Racer family and vows to become the world’s best racer.
Speed Racer is joined by genius grandfather Pops who is played perfectly
by John Goodman and his older brother Rex who is also a world class
racer. Unfortunately for Rex, he is killed in a race when he joins the
corporate world of racing that his grandfather shunned and for Speed, he
has some big boots to fill, especially when villains are around every
corner and the mysterious Racer X is subtly looking out for Speed.
Although the story is quite clichéd, what sets this movie apart from the
current world of racing movies is the adrenaline pumping special effects
that almost makes this movie look like it’s on speed (pun intended).
With outrageous special effects that at times looks like it has been
taken directly from a video game, it’s difficult not to find this movie
so appealing, especially with some of the overacting of the “villain”
Royalton that also sets this movie up for a sequel.
Although aimed at
the younger viewer, Speed Racer the Movie has enough content to keep
more mature viewers entertained that looks simply amazing on DVD,
however if you have Blu-Ray, than this is definitely a reference title
* Sprittle in the Big Leagues
* Speed Racer Supercharged!