May 7th, 2008

I See

Go To Speed Racer -- Go!

We saw Speed Racer last night. Before I review this film you ought to know that while I put up with it, I'm not really into going to the movies. Sometimes I like a film, there are a few that I love. But it takes a lot for me to be more than mildly amused.

That being said, I really liked this movie! It was visually delightful, it was entertaining and it referenced the cartoon in fun and funny ways.  The fight scenes were great and the overall color scheme and visual feel of the movie was wonderful.

I think it managed to stay fairly true to the cartoon (which I haven't seen for over 40 years), while also being fairly modern. I don't remember any women in the cartoon, but the film has three important women characters and they all get involved in the adventure. The women in Speed's life can throw a punch, cook a meal, drive a race car, comfort a child, weld a joint and evade a security guard long enough to deliver an important document.

My only complaint about this movie is that the actor who played Speed looked so much like Superman that I sometimes found it distracting. But it's a small gripe. This movie is really fun and the visuals are good enough that you shouldn't wait to rent it. Get your butt out of the house and see this movie now. Don't hesitate. Go now while you can still see it in a first-run theater. You won't regret it.