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The UnPopular Opinion: Speed Racer

Apr. 4, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

I'm going to go out on an extreme limb here and say that SPEED RACER is near-perfect.  Not in the sense that it is a seminal piece of filmmaking of unquestionable quality, or in the sense that it is utterly without flaws.  No, when I say near-perfect I mean that insofar as action/adventure/family films go - i.e. for what it is - it is nearly unmatched in my experience. 

I have found that many movies make the excuse "it's just supposed to be fun, don't think about it too much" in order to hide issues such as bland characters, unmotivated plots, boring camera work, and disconnected screenwriting.  But I have also always been convinced that it is possible for a popcorn flick to have all of those things in the positive and still be a thrillingly fun visual/action ride.  You can have a well-constructed movie that still makes jaws drop in awe and a room fill with giddy laughter, and that is exactly what SPEED RACER is.  And now that I've experienced it, by God I don't know how I can go back.

Speed Racer #1
"Ok, Mr. two-time-Grand-Prix five-time-WRL future-Hall-of-Fame, teach me something!"

Fundamentally, what marks the difference in my mind between SPEED RACER and most other movies is that it superdly illustrates the ultimate childlike experience.  Not childISH, childLIKE.  ChildISH is acting with the impulses of a child, selfishly immature and unguided by care or concern for others.  But childLIKE is a description which references someone or something being filled with the freedom, joy, abandon, wonder, and burning desire for discovery that so often drives children.  And SPEED RACER is full of that childLIKE wonder from the first frame all the way through and past the last.  The frenetic energy, the swift transitions, the blindingly rich colors that paint SPEED RACER's world - these are all the hallmarks of the lens through which children experience their lives.

The Wachowskis, in a very ballsy move indeed, chose to completely indunate every single frame, plot/character beat, and action moment in a wash of wondrous joy and enthusiasm.  They didn't pull a single punch in this decision, and unlike so many of the past movies I've reviewed for this column SPEED RACER knows exactly what it is.  This is a fantasy, an adventure of the purest sort, painted so much broader than life and with a willingness to abandon any sense of our reality and allow it to be replaced by a complete sense of SPEED RACER's reality.  Never once do the Wachowski's try to force their tale to be told in a language that would be innapropriate in this context, never do they allow it to drift into melodrama or into a place of serious Earth-like reality.  They stay firm in the tone and identity they've chosen, and for that alone I think they deserve a fair amount of commendation.

Speed Racer #3
"Move it, Speed! It's getting ugly out there!"

Except that's not even all, not by a long shot.  Also very deserving of commendation for 1) the skill of its excecution, 2) the effectiveness of its presence, and 3) the storytelling enhancement it brings is the constant state of motion that exists in SPEED RACER.  It can generally be noticed that when the camera is still the people/cars are moving, and when the camera is moving the people/cars are either still or moving with it.  The point is, something about SPEED RACER's world is always in motion, which works well and makes good sense considering that this is a wondrous fantasy adventure called SPEED RACER.

And not only is there movement present in this technicolor tale, but the movement itself is consistently made interesting and inventive and just plain exciting to watch.  Everything in this movie that moves, moves in a fashion which is out of the ordinary.  Whether it be in terms of the speed at which the movement occurs or the path of travel (lots of swoops and curves) - it all constantly catches the audience's eye and draws us into the tale.  This actually worked to expand the world for me, generating a kind of depth due to how everything was always traveling.  I continuously found myself leaning forward in my seat - I can't quite explain why, I just know it's a very good thing indeed.  You can always tell if someone is really gripped by something if they've leaned their body/energy/attention closer to whatever they're watching, hence the phrase "on the edge of my seat."  Which I was, for over two hours.   

Speed Racer #5
"Every one of us has to find a reason to do this. You don't climb into a T-180 to be a driver. You do it because you're driven."

Speaking of over two hours, it would be fair to say that SPEED RACER could stand to lose a bit of its runtime.  As much as I may have enjoyed myself, THE GREAT ESCAPE this is not.  Some of the races would have fared just as well with a few of the fancy car tricks taken out and some of the tracks shortened, but that's just it.  The only sorts of cutting suggestions you'll ever hear me make have to do with trimming small bits here and there which would add up over time.  Nothing drags too egregiously, and there is something about every single scene which is important for one reason or another.

And yes, complaints might be (and have been) raised as to the plotting of the movie being too simple for adults and too complicated for kids.  Which perhaps is arguably the one way in which the Wachowskis overreached - SPEED RACER's storyline isn't a whole lot more than a vehicle (if you'll pardon the pun) for us to encounter these characters and experience the wonder I continue to mention.  And see some really (really) awesome races.  This by the way, is coming from someone who normally doesn't find car racing particularly interesting. But boy was it awesome here!

Speed Racer #4
"You think you can drive a car and change the world? It doesn't work like that!"
"Maybe not, but it's the only thing I know how to do and I gotta do something."

I've gone on at length about the style and the tone of SPEED RACER, because they're the two most obvious elements that allow such a potentially outlandish tale to work in live-action.  But to say that they are the only two elements would discount the pitch-perfect acting turns from just about everyone involved, be it Emile Hirsch's determined innocence, the charmingly grim demeanor of Matthew Fox, or the strong and loving presence of John Goodman.  It would discount the fantastic score from Michael Giacchino, one which knows just when to underscore a moment or lift our hearts into our throats.  And it would discount the skillful way in which the Wachowskis are able to introduce character decisions and storytelling moments that really matter.  There are some really solid messages to be found here, served up in such a way so as to sidestep prosthelytizing or pandering and skip straight to being inspiringly affective.

But at the end of the day, SPEED RACER's greatest accomplishment can be summed up with this: somehow, the Wachowskis managed to tap into the secret dream of the child buried deep in every one of us, one that is normally only fed on the scraps of our half-remembered hopes.  I've never seen a movie so bursting with life, energy, or the boundless sense of play that directs the excited explorations of so many children. 

Or perhaps it would be better to use a line from the movie itself to explain what I mean: during the Casa Christo race, one of the announcers watching Speed race can't help but exclaim "I know he blew up at Fuji, but this kid is flat out magic!" Which is exactly how I felt watching SPEED RACER.  I know the Wachowski's blew up with the second two Matrix movies, but THIS movie is flat out magic!

Speed Racer #6
"I saw my son become a man. I watched a man with courage and integrity drive the pants off of every other driver on that road. This is not meaningless. This is the reason for a father's life."

Extra Tidbit: SPEED RACER, bless its heart, only made just shy of $94 million in worldwide gross off of a budget of $120 million.
Source: JoBlo.com

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3:53PM on 04/05/2012

i cant even read this....

...cuz i already know how much and why i really enjoy Speed Racer. Go Speed Go!
...cuz i already know how much and why i really enjoy Speed Racer. Go Speed Go!
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2:53PM on 04/05/2012
I love Speed Racer, I think it's a great movie. It's a shame that no one saw it when it was in theaters a few years back.
I love Speed Racer, I think it's a great movie. It's a shame that no one saw it when it was in theaters a few years back.
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12:57AM on 04/05/2012

not so UnPopular

I thought the Wachowski's got this rite, and i enjoyed the film a lot.

and as it stands so does 97% of the ppl on this strikeback section!
I thought the Wachowski's got this rite, and i enjoyed the film a lot.

and as it stands so does 97% of the ppl on this strikeback section!
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9:52PM on 04/04/2012
Maybe I need to give it a second chance. I liked everything but the annoying kid and the monkey, who were the most annoying characters in any film since Jar Jar Binks. I understand they were trying to imitate the cartoon, but I still hated it. Edit them out and I'd probably like this film.
Maybe I need to give it a second chance. I liked everything but the annoying kid and the monkey, who were the most annoying characters in any film since Jar Jar Binks. I understand they were trying to imitate the cartoon, but I still hated it. Edit them out and I'd probably like this film.
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9:31PM on 04/04/2012

Great Blu-Ray

Not only do I love this film, and love this article for loving this film, but Speed Racer is still one of the most beautiful blu-rays in my collection. With its vibrant colors, Speed Racer is a great way to put any new TV through its paces.
Not only do I love this film, and love this article for loving this film, but Speed Racer is still one of the most beautiful blu-rays in my collection. With its vibrant colors, Speed Racer is a great way to put any new TV through its paces.
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9:26PM on 04/04/2012
Good to know I'm not the only one who really digs this movie!
Good to know I'm not the only one who really digs this movie!
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7:42PM on 04/04/2012
Frankly I love Speed Racer. I was there opening day when it was released and had a fantastic time. I bought the blu-ray (weeks in advance mind you) and have watched it multiple times. It's just pure fun and nothing further.
Frankly I love Speed Racer. I was there opening day when it was released and had a fantastic time. I bought the blu-ray (weeks in advance mind you) and have watched it multiple times. It's just pure fun and nothing further.
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6:59PM on 04/04/2012

I liked it alot.

Never understood why year after year people were trying to get Speed Racer made as a film. When it was finally made, I only went to see it because a buddy of mine wanted to go see it & the Wachowski's were invovled. Well, my buddy got bored of it pretty quickly & fell asleep while I was enjoying myself. One scene made me crack up so loud it woke up my friend. If I ever find it cheap on blu-ray I will definitely pick it up.
Never understood why year after year people were trying to get Speed Racer made as a film. When it was finally made, I only went to see it because a buddy of mine wanted to go see it & the Wachowski's were invovled. Well, my buddy got bored of it pretty quickly & fell asleep while I was enjoying myself. One scene made me crack up so loud it woke up my friend. If I ever find it cheap on blu-ray I will definitely pick it up.
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8:51PM on 04/04/2012
Only $8 bro, a burger and animal fries at In-and-Out cost more
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Only $8 bro, a burger and animal fries at In-and-Out cost more
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3:26PM on 04/05/2012
I still haven't seen it lower than $19.99 on Blu-Ray in these parts & $5 on DVD. Still want to hold out till it reaches $10 on Blu-Ray. I liked the film, I wasn't in love with it so I'll wait.
I still haven't seen it lower than $19.99 on Blu-Ray in these parts & $5 on DVD. Still want to hold out till it reaches $10 on Blu-Ray. I liked the film, I wasn't in love with it so I'll wait.
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3:13PM on 04/04/2012

LOVE this movie!

sucks that it went so overlooked... I feel it's more overlooked than hated. It's actually a really good movie and just a blast of a time. Hands down the best blu-ray you can buy, and yes -- even a little better than Avatar visually on a blu-ray HD screen.

Too bad it wasn't successful, how awesome would've a Speed Racer 2 have been... cause you know it would've been in 3D... eye meltingly awesome.
sucks that it went so overlooked... I feel it's more overlooked than hated. It's actually a really good movie and just a blast of a time. Hands down the best blu-ray you can buy, and yes -- even a little better than Avatar visually on a blu-ray HD screen.

Too bad it wasn't successful, how awesome would've a Speed Racer 2 have been... cause you know it would've been in 3D... eye meltingly awesome.
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12:57PM on 04/04/2012
This one of the few movies that should have been filmed in true 3-D, what blast that would have been!
This one of the few movies that should have been filmed in true 3-D, what blast that would have been!
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12:40PM on 04/04/2012

Go Speed Go!

I freaking LOVE Speed Racer! One of my favorites the year it came out and I still love watching it. I saw it 3 times in theaters because I had to keep convincing people to go see it and they all loved it. The last 4 minutes of the final race (with all the flashbacks) is one of the most moving and exciting finales I've seen to a movie. Grade A in my opinion (the only thing keeping it from A+ is the younger brother ruining the kiss moment at the end)
I freaking LOVE Speed Racer! One of my favorites the year it came out and I still love watching it. I saw it 3 times in theaters because I had to keep convincing people to go see it and they all loved it. The last 4 minutes of the final race (with all the flashbacks) is one of the most moving and exciting finales I've seen to a movie. Grade A in my opinion (the only thing keeping it from A+ is the younger brother ruining the kiss moment at the end)
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12:38PM on 04/04/2012

I feel this is actually the POPULAR opinion

Saw it in the theater and loved it. Showed it to my 12 year old and it became his favorite movie of all time. I have literally never met anyone who disliked it and never got how it wasn't more sucsessful. It is perfectly cast, probably the most amazing visual experience I have had in a theater...and the thing is, I never even LIKED Speed racer! Paulie levitt's Spritle is worth it alone, that kid is great. The handling of the Racer X/Rex Racer mystery was brilliantly done, The fights are great,
Saw it in the theater and loved it. Showed it to my 12 year old and it became his favorite movie of all time. I have literally never met anyone who disliked it and never got how it wasn't more sucsessful. It is perfectly cast, probably the most amazing visual experience I have had in a theater...and the thing is, I never even LIKED Speed racer! Paulie levitt's Spritle is worth it alone, that kid is great. The handling of the Racer X/Rex Racer mystery was brilliantly done, The fights are great, with everyone adopting a style (Speed Boxes, Racer X uses Kenpo, Trixie uses Judo...) even Roger hallam is pure oily perfection as the villian. I have a feeling that this movie will be like many other cult classics that become beloved and reach a point where nobody thinks about how much money it made.
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12:03PM on 04/04/2012

Love Speed Racer!

Never understood the hate or the negetivity of it. Maybe its a bit too colorful for some people's taste, but does every films nowadays have to be "dark" and "brooding"? Once in a while a flick like Speed Racer can be Colorful visual treat too. Plus Hirch, Sarandon, Goodman and most of all, Matthew Fox were simply superb in this. This was just so much fun!
Never understood the hate or the negetivity of it. Maybe its a bit too colorful for some people's taste, but does every films nowadays have to be "dark" and "brooding"? Once in a while a flick like Speed Racer can be Colorful visual treat too. Plus Hirch, Sarandon, Goodman and most of all, Matthew Fox were simply superb in this. This was just so much fun!
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11:49AM on 04/04/2012

I definitely respect Speed Racer's

commitment to a unique vision, and generally enjoy the movie, but I won't deny it has some bad elements. Lots of things about it just sent me off the rails as a viewer, and I understand the basic criticism it gets. The complete hatred people afforded it never seemed fair though.
commitment to a unique vision, and generally enjoy the movie, but I won't deny it has some bad elements. Lots of things about it just sent me off the rails as a viewer, and I understand the basic criticism it gets. The complete hatred people afforded it never seemed fair though.
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11:48AM on 04/04/2012

Awesome Movie!!

Don't know why everyone hated on this movie. It is actually a GOOD movie!!! The blu-ray has one of the best looking video transfers shame about the Dolby Digital soundtrack, hopefully someday they will give it a lossless audio track.
Don't know why everyone hated on this movie. It is actually a GOOD movie!!! The blu-ray has one of the best looking video transfers shame about the Dolby Digital soundtrack, hopefully someday they will give it a lossless audio track.
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11:08AM on 04/04/2012
I thought I was the only person who liked this flick!
I thought I was the only person who liked this flick!
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10:35AM on 04/04/2012

My favorite recent movie

can it be that people are finally starting to come around?! I've been championing this movie every since I saw it back to back in IMAX and have made it my mission to get all my friends to watch it. Most fun i've had in a movie since i can remember. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as i do -
can it be that people are finally starting to come around?! I've been championing this movie every since I saw it back to back in IMAX and have made it my mission to get all my friends to watch it. Most fun i've had in a movie since i can remember. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as i do -
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10:11AM on 04/04/2012

I adore Speed Racer

it's so wonderfully goofy and playful, and it's PG for crying out loud, when was the last time a PG movie has been worth more than a passing glance? It's EXACTLY what a Speed Racer movie should have been.
it's so wonderfully goofy and playful, and it's PG for crying out loud, when was the last time a PG movie has been worth more than a passing glance? It's EXACTLY what a Speed Racer movie should have been.
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9:29AM on 04/04/2012
I thought Speed Racer was a triumph in entertainment. Fun all around. My poor son was over stimulated by the movie and his heart started racing and he couldn't finish watching it. Maybe TOO intense. I loved the film.
I thought Speed Racer was a triumph in entertainment. Fun all around. My poor son was over stimulated by the movie and his heart started racing and he couldn't finish watching it. Maybe TOO intense. I loved the film.
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9:20AM on 04/04/2012
I enjoyed this movie for what it was. But it was ultimately forgettable to me.

Totally off topic. But remember the criticism The Last Airbender got for casting everyone (for the most part) as White? Why didn't this movie get that? I always thought Speed was Asian. Maybe I'm wrong. And I thought it was stupid when The Last Airbender got criticized so it's not like I want that to happen to other movies.
I enjoyed this movie for what it was. But it was ultimately forgettable to me.

Totally off topic. But remember the criticism The Last Airbender got for casting everyone (for the most part) as White? Why didn't this movie get that? I always thought Speed was Asian. Maybe I'm wrong. And I thought it was stupid when The Last Airbender got criticized so it's not like I want that to happen to other movies.
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8:37AM on 04/04/2012
The movie was really fun. The only downside for me is after watching my eyes were sored for about 20 minutes.
The movie was really fun. The only downside for me is after watching my eyes were sored for about 20 minutes.
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8:11AM on 04/04/2012
The movie was pretty harshly treated on its release. It's a fun movie that excels in doing what it sets out to. Might not appeal to everyone, but it's really well made.
The movie was pretty harshly treated on its release. It's a fun movie that excels in doing what it sets out to. Might not appeal to everyone, but it's really well made.
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8:11AM on 04/04/2012
Awful film. My question is, when did Speed Racer become the 150cc cup from Super Mario Kart?
Awful film. My question is, when did Speed Racer become the 150cc cup from Super Mario Kart?
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11:49AM on 04/04/2012
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3:15PM on 04/04/2012
@mrwhitefolk - I disagree with him, but how the fuck is he a troll? just because he has the opposite opinion?
@mrwhitefolk - I disagree with him, but how the fuck is he a troll? just because he has the opposite opinion?
7:40AM on 04/04/2012
The movie was a blast and I also regretted not seeing it in theatres.

Also Michael Giacchino's score was brilliant.
The movie was a blast and I also regretted not seeing it in theatres.

Also Michael Giacchino's score was brilliant.
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7:37AM on 04/04/2012

Yes! Yes! Yes!

So mad I missed this on the Big Screen!
Like being born into a Skittles commercial as an 8-year old on acid. I was too irritated with the Wachowskis' lackluster Matrix follow-ups. But it turned out to be pretty much perfrect to me.
So mad I missed this on the Big Screen!
Like being born into a Skittles commercial as an 8-year old on acid. I was too irritated with the Wachowskis' lackluster Matrix follow-ups. But it turned out to be pretty much perfrect to me.
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7:20AM on 04/04/2012
Man I love this movie, When I saw this on TBS it look like it was in 3D. I got to have this blu ray.
Man I love this movie, When I saw this on TBS it look like it was in 3D. I got to have this blu ray.
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6:47AM on 04/04/2012
Im with you. This was a total pleasant surprise for me. this is one of the most vibrant films ever shot, is true to the series and is one of the most amazing blu-rays you can buy. people who scoffed at this didnt get it and missed out big time. I only feel bad for Rain, who made his debut here and only went on to do Ninja Assassin before leaving Hollywood disappointed. Otherwise, this is a must have
Im with you. This was a total pleasant surprise for me. this is one of the most vibrant films ever shot, is true to the series and is one of the most amazing blu-rays you can buy. people who scoffed at this didnt get it and missed out big time. I only feel bad for Rain, who made his debut here and only went on to do Ninja Assassin before leaving Hollywood disappointed. Otherwise, this is a must have
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6:20AM on 04/04/2012
I actually did enjoy this quite a bit. The Wachowski's know how to make a visually appealing film, and this was very visually appealing. I agree that this is a fantasy film that stays firmly set in tone and is grounded in the world it belongs to. The energy is very kinetic, and it draws you in, even if it is flawed. It's a film you can enjoy, despite it's flaws, and that's a pretty big compliment.
I actually did enjoy this quite a bit. The Wachowski's know how to make a visually appealing film, and this was very visually appealing. I agree that this is a fantasy film that stays firmly set in tone and is grounded in the world it belongs to. The energy is very kinetic, and it draws you in, even if it is flawed. It's a film you can enjoy, despite it's flaws, and that's a pretty big compliment.
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4:22AM on 04/04/2012

Go Speed Racer, Go!

I totally dig this movie, and my 9 yr. old daughter, who is not into shit like this, loves it even more.
She cries every time Rex Racer meets his "demise". And she didn't even cry for E.T.
I totally dig this movie, and my 9 yr. old daughter, who is not into shit like this, loves it even more.
She cries every time Rex Racer meets his "demise". And she didn't even cry for E.T.
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4:26AM on 04/04/2012
I don't think it was helped by the fact that it basically attacks corporate juggernauts, like the company that was supposed to be marketing it. Ha! Love this movie.
I don't think it was helped by the fact that it basically attacks corporate juggernauts, like the company that was supposed to be marketing it. Ha! Love this movie.
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3:56AM on 04/04/2012
Maybe Underated in other circles. I like SpeedRacer especially on Blu Ray
Maybe Underated in other circles. I like SpeedRacer especially on Blu Ray
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11:51AM on 04/04/2012
100% Agree! Hopefully they will release a new blu-ray with a lossless audio track instead of the lossy dolby digital :(
100% Agree! Hopefully they will release a new blu-ray with a lossless audio track instead of the lossy dolby digital :(
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3:09AM on 04/04/2012
Friking LOVED every second of this movie! Loved the cartoons and loved this amazing visual treat of a movie
Friking LOVED every second of this movie! Loved the cartoons and loved this amazing visual treat of a movie
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3:03AM on 04/04/2012
I never understood all the hate for this movie. It's awesome, especially in a world where childhood cartoons are regularly butchered *cough* Michael Bay *cough* This flick was beautifully made and gave me a lot of hope for these guy's to make Superman. Everything other the original Matrix and V for Vendetta is kinda blah.
I never understood all the hate for this movie. It's awesome, especially in a world where childhood cartoons are regularly butchered *cough* Michael Bay *cough* This flick was beautifully made and gave me a lot of hope for these guy's to make Superman. Everything other the original Matrix and V for Vendetta is kinda blah.
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2:48AM on 04/04/2012
Amen brother.
Amen brother.
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2:39AM on 04/04/2012
I guess this isn't an unpopular opinion after-all............
I guess this isn't an unpopular opinion after-all............
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2:35AM on 04/04/2012

Severely underated.

I completely agree, I had a blast watching in in IMAX, and every other viewing at home was just as fun.

John Carter was this year's Speed Racer.
I completely agree, I had a blast watching in in IMAX, and every other viewing at home was just as fun.

John Carter was this year's Speed Racer.
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2:15AM on 04/04/2012

Right on

Great write up, dude! I am in complete agreement. Speed Racer is a vastly underrated film and got a bad rap before it even bowed (much like this year's John Carter). Outstanding and consistent style and tone, the Wachowski's managed to translate old anime into something engaging and fun. Kudos for mentioning Giacchino's score, which is pitch perfect for this film.

The ending of Speed Racer is a beautifully chopped sequence, perfectly in sync with score, action, emotion, and a kick ass
Great write up, dude! I am in complete agreement. Speed Racer is a vastly underrated film and got a bad rap before it even bowed (much like this year's John Carter). Outstanding and consistent style and tone, the Wachowski's managed to translate old anime into something engaging and fun. Kudos for mentioning Giacchino's score, which is pitch perfect for this film.

The ending of Speed Racer is a beautifully chopped sequence, perfectly in sync with score, action, emotion, and a kick ass finish.

I think once people get over the initial unwarranted negativity and give this a proper viewing they'll feel the same.

Great job!
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2:14AM on 04/04/2012

this movie..

looks UNBELIEVABLE on blu-ray. Such an awesome movie.
looks UNBELIEVABLE on blu-ray. Such an awesome movie.
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2:10AM on 04/04/2012
Total agreement. This movie is a candy-coated drug trip on film. The first time I watched it on Blu-ray, I had a hangover the next morning.
Total agreement. This movie is a candy-coated drug trip on film. The first time I watched it on Blu-ray, I had a hangover the next morning.
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2:00AM on 04/04/2012

Severely underrated

You've nailed all my opinions on this little gem. My only (very very minor) gripe is the CGI is a bit inconsistent. For example, sometimes it is near-photorealistic (see: 2nd screenshot in article) and other times it looks like Gamecube graphics (see: 1st screenshot in article). Believe it or not, this is me nitpicking and I really do agree it is pretty much perfect. I especially love the characters and their relationships, amongst every other aspect of the film. I also choke up at the
You've nailed all my opinions on this little gem. My only (very very minor) gripe is the CGI is a bit inconsistent. For example, sometimes it is near-photorealistic (see: 2nd screenshot in article) and other times it looks like Gamecube graphics (see: 1st screenshot in article). Believe it or not, this is me nitpicking and I really do agree it is pretty much perfect. I especially love the characters and their relationships, amongst every other aspect of the film. I also choke up at the end. So good.

I actually do know a couple people who hate the film, although I'm pretty sure they can't even say why.
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1:58AM on 04/04/2012
one thing i liked about this movie that it had a perfect cast
one thing i liked about this movie that it had a perfect cast
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1:53AM on 04/04/2012
Yep. I liked it a lot, too
Yep. I liked it a lot, too
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1:52AM on 04/04/2012
I love this movie. It is so much fun. It sucks that it got so shit on.
I love this movie. It is so much fun. It sucks that it got so shit on.
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1:49AM on 04/04/2012

Great article!

This movie was one of the first I took to see my daughter. She was about 2 and a half at the time and we both enjoyed the hell out of it and she was hooked on Speed Racer that whole summer. It's a shame many critics say this was a box office bust. Even if it was by the numbers this is one of those movies where making its' money does not need to justify it's presence. I think I'm actually going to re-watch it right now...
This movie was one of the first I took to see my daughter. She was about 2 and a half at the time and we both enjoyed the hell out of it and she was hooked on Speed Racer that whole summer. It's a shame many critics say this was a box office bust. Even if it was by the numbers this is one of those movies where making its' money does not need to justify it's presence. I think I'm actually going to re-watch it right now...
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1:42AM on 04/04/2012
I gotta give this one a proper viewing. I began to watch it on TV once and was thinking 'pretty good sofar' and LOVING the visuals.
I gotta give this one a proper viewing. I began to watch it on TV once and was thinking 'pretty good sofar' and LOVING the visuals.
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11:52AM on 04/04/2012
You have to see the movie on blu-ray just give it a rental though until they re-release the blu-ray with a proper lossless audio track instead of lossy dolby digital. Visuals alone are worth seeing on blu-ray though!
You have to see the movie on blu-ray just give it a rental though until they re-release the blu-ray with a proper lossless audio track instead of lossy dolby digital. Visuals alone are worth seeing on blu-ray though!
1:40AM on 04/04/2012

big fan

Speed Racer was pretty awesome for what it was. Also it looks awesome in high def and the last 5 minute sequence is spectacular.
Speed Racer was pretty awesome for what it was. Also it looks awesome in high def and the last 5 minute sequence is spectacular.
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1:25AM on 04/04/2012

Modern Action Masterpiece

This movie is pure fantastical brilliance! The action is amazing, and the look of the film is great! Excellent job on articulating how I feel about this movie!
This movie is pure fantastical brilliance! The action is amazing, and the look of the film is great! Excellent job on articulating how I feel about this movie!
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1:00AM on 04/04/2012
I always loved Speed Racer and I don't know anybody personally who thought it sucked. The final race and the ending still gets to me.
I always loved Speed Racer and I don't know anybody personally who thought it sucked. The final race and the ending still gets to me.
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