Saturday, May 10, 2008

Speed Racer review

Saw two films back to back last night

The first one i saw was the new Wachowski Brothers movie "SPEED RACER"
Had gone to the PVR (Priya Village Roadshows) theatre at Juhu, Mumbai.

The first thing i saw as soon as i got there was the huge poster of the movie
The poster was brilliant and my expectations from the movie suddenly went throught the roof

So here i was expecting a semi-animated movie with some half baked stunts of Speed Racer's car jumping over others in the field and yadda yadda.

But i was surprised.
And impressed
And a little blown away

starting from the little boy (speed racer) who is obsessed with racing, to the young man who knows nothing but racing, there is so much that has been created and placed to make the movie really interesting

the visuals are fantastic
colorful, but use great silhouettes in some shots.
the graphics are mind boggling
and since this is a racing movie as expected the cars look fantastic
a small thing, while you are watching look the headlights of all the cars
they are marvellous
the attention to details on the props the sets is brilliant

but what really got me was the racing
it wasn't the crappy round and round without another sound racing
it was thrilling
there were drifts, high speed bends, up side down sections, obstacles, weapons, clever maneuvering.

The action and racing choreography in the movie was fantastic
Visually the movie is spectacular and keeps you on the edge of the seat.

But the story could have been a little more substantial
The idea is there
The visual effects are there
The appeal is there
So if the history (Speed racer is old animated cartoon series which was made in Japan)

But the current story could have used a little more work
And the movie is made too much like a kiddie movie
My dad who i happened to go for this movie with kept on commenting throughout the movie that i had conned him into watching a kiddie movie
Nonetheless he enjoyed it

This movie should ideally be targetted at a more teenage and adult population
The merchandise can sold completely to the kids

Honestly all in all i think Speed Racer deserves a score of:

7.5 / 10

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