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Posted on 3/02/11 12:12 PM
I don't know about many other people but I thought the films graphical sense was amazing. It brought on some of the same feel of fighting while driving to a decent plot.
Perhaps it tried to be too different by incorporating an "anime world". Sure that was a gamble and might have turned away a vast audience it could have attracted. In the end the racing sequences were superb. Loved every bit of it. For movies like this the adults can't be the ones to trust. This generally includes 90% of critics and adult film reviewers.
The style of the film and the feel does gain a lot of credibility if the critical reviewers actually knew how hard it would be to recreate an unconventional racing cartoon into a live action movie. The Wachowskis took it to the next level by making the setting futuristic.
I don't see a gaping hole in what this movie had to offer. Without the anime world and simply a futuristic one, it would have been less appealing to the young audience to drive a family experience instead of adolescent and older age group. They made a choice, and so I must mark down for the ambiguity of "mixed worlds".
The characters were really well scripted and cast in the movie. I didn't feel anyone forced their roles. The dynamic between old and young speed and their father was great. Both Hirsch's mindset and Elia's captivation for speed racer's world of racing was flawless. I was actually surprised how well the young speed took on his role.
To the vast majority of critics who rate this movie around 20%, its clear you've never been immersed into animation. This isn't just another cartoon. This film was made from the perspective of its original animation - key elements were the unthinkable action sequences and its crazy pace during racing and escape scene. Imagination to visually translate the elements of the original speed racer with modern technology makes it such a visual success. Its efforts can be fully appreciated by viewing it from the growth of its original animation to a live action, not simply by itself.
Many live action cartoon based movies simple can't cut its transition from animation or comics to the big screen. Movies tend to trash and twist to make the action believable. Speed Racer did not fall for false acting or extraneous scenes to make a movie more exciting or dull than it was meant to be.
In summary the movie combined different effects to the best of its effort. They kept the story simple without being too bland. If you want a drama for racing, then you're being critical towards a movie that doesn't not exist and would loose the light hearted elements this movie achieves. Its a great watch and a great ride.