Movie Review: Speed Racer
At the outset, I have to say I never saw the show as a kid. Though I did see the updated show from the 90's. But from what I did see, I thought this movie was visually stunning. And nothing more. If you're a 12 year old boy who likes cool graphics (and which one's don't?) and high speed racing, then you got a movie for them. If you like a long bulky story, here's your film. For a movie called "Speed Racer" it takes a long time to get to the end. But, it does do it with style.
Speed Racer is a hot shot car racer who is about to make it big. Until He's given the opportunity to be sponsored by a corporate sponsor. His refusal causes him to have to defy his father and trust Racer X as they try to stop illegal racing activities. Unfortunately, that takes a whole lot of unecesary movie to happen. And to add to it, this is a kids movie. Yet it played with a little pg-13 humor. That might work for Shrek, but it didn't translate well with a live action (computer animated) film. This is one case of giving the artists too much freedom. I have to admit, I think I now know why some constraints can cause good art to happen. If they even think about making a sequel, they would do well to either a) make this age appropriate b) make it age appropriate for older people (like those who watched the show!)