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Speed Racer
Speed Racer (2008)
9 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Personally, I don't get it. Everything that I'm reading about this movie is fairly consistently saying that it's that its a dumb peice of crap that gave everyone a headache. But I'm just tempted to say that if my music's too loud then you're too old. For me, when I walk out of a movie, my attitude is based in large part on what I was expecting when I walked in. Everything I had seen about the new Speed Racer adaptation in the year leading up to its release implied that it was going to be the candy-colored acid trip that it ended up being. And anyone who doesn't expect that when they walk into the theater deserves the headache they end up with. This is an early summer release which means big dumb blockbuster. Do not, I repeat, do not go into it thinking you're going to see a late fall Oscar grab.

Knowing what it is, and what it set out to be, I have only two suggestions for improvement. The first is give Christina Ricci more screentime. Even if you're not a fan of her, you have to admit that this is the cutest Christina Ricci we've seen in a while, if not ever. And even if the romance is presented with more-than-necessary deference for the cootie susceptible, this movie is all about watching pretty things and flashing lights, and I'll be damned if she's not pretty.

Spoiler Alert - But I mean come on, I'm sure you already know anyway

The other thing that I would change about this movie, is that I would have liked, if only for a moment, to have an at least half-founded doubt in my mind that Racer X is not Rex. In the unmasking scene, I wish I wasn't just thinking about the half dozen previous clues that lead me to assume immediately that he had plastic surgery. If only for a minute I wanted to be able to think, "Well, maybe......"

Spoiler Alert Over

I'll say it one last time, just to beat it over you head just like the other critics are beating you over the head. If you go into this movie expecting a steak, you'll be disappointed when you get a lollypop. But if you go in expecting a lollypop, you'll be excited when you get one of those huge round flat ones with all the flashy colors. So lollypop fans rejoice! And steak fans, go watch The Queen on DVD.