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10 May 2008 @ 09:10 pm
Speed Racer Movie  
I'm pleased to say the Speed Racer movie was exactly what I was hoping it was going to be: a really good bad movie. Cheese fest galore, filled with lots of crazy, WTF?? moments (I mean, really... a catapult launching an inhabited bee hive? In the middle of a car race? Awesome!) Cinematic effects that would be awful in most contexts that work just perfectly here, and an eyesight-blasting cacophony of saturated, bright sixties colors in a high-tech neon-filled world flying at the viewer at a million miles an hour.

At the same time it has a cast of genuinely likable heroes and genuinely dislikable villains and couple of folks that one's not entirely sure how to feel about, but what the hey? It's all in good fun. The plot revolves around classic themes, like family and responsibility and growing up. But they're classics for a reason, and for all the eye-searing effects and silliness, they get handled just the way classics should.

I give this movie two thumbs up -- though don't walk in expecting anything epic. Just let if flow and have a good time and you'll get what you came for.
Cirdancirdan_havens on May 11th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
*gasp* In other words, it might even be good! Don't get too many likable heroes without dark pasts and angsty moments. Bleh.
Sandpanthersandpanther on May 11th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Well, this time you get a likable hero with a dark and angsty past who doesn't brood loudly on it and just accepts that he made his choice and he's going to live with it now. Which is a refreshing change as well.

(Who I'm talking about is pretty easy to guess if you know Speed Racer and if you don't, I don't want to spoil it.)