Saturday, May 17, 2008

Run, Don't Walk, to the theaters to see 'Speed Racer'


For those of us who enjoyed the show as a child, this movie is f*&^%ng awesome. It's like the original animation on steroids, crack and acid. All at the same time. But don't believe me.

With a character cast such as Trixie, Spritle and Chim-Chim, portrayed by veteran performers Susan Sarandon and John Goodman, this is a home run by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix). The only performer that you may take some exception to is Korean pop-star Rain. That's ok.

There are tender moments, too, for the ladies. Inspector Detector's discussion of the loss of Rex Racer was heart-rending. And speaking of Rex Racer's disappearance, there is intrigue and betrayal, as well (RAIN!!!). Finally, learning from the massive success of the original TV series, the season-ending multi-part long-distance road rally is lifted directly into this movie--some of you loyal fans will remember the frustration you felt as children having to wait first for part 2, then part 3 and then part 4, which was no doubt maddening and has increased your therapy bills--but the movie does not end there. I won't even discuss the MACH 6....

12 comments:

litzi said...

Hi Doc Bok,
Some reviews on the movie:

Speed Racer
Speed Racer
Speed Racer

Doc Bok said...

Litzi, if you can find me one film reviewer who does not have a financial conflict of interest, I will give a hoot what they have to say.

Plus, how many movies have you been to that had "good" reviews that were awful? Are the reviewers just dumb, or are they being paid to lie to you?

Doc Bok said...

And, by the btw, Perez Hilton? For God's sake.

litzi said...

Hi Doc Bok,
Whoa! I’m sorry your knickers got bunched up about the movie reviews. I’ve no clue if the critics had a vested interest in “Speed Racer” or not. Please don’t kill the messenger!

Opinions regarding books, art, movies, plays, etc. are subjective, so the best advice is to consider the source and decide for yourself. Obviously you enjoyed the movie, though many did not. Someone’s got to keep the local theaters in business.

litzi said...

Hi Doc Bok,
In case you missed it: John Goodman

Doc Bok said...

Sorry to seem to have my panties wadded, Litzi. That film of John Goodman bears an uncanny resemblance to Alceste in many, many ways. I hope he has a chance to see it.

Doc Bok said...

To give you an example of what I'm talking about, esp. "many people did not", I saw 'Ironman' last night. It has gotten "great reviews", so those many people you refer to liked it. I thought it was predictable special-effects algorithmic Hollywood schlock. C-- at best.
Was Robert Downey Jr. good? Yes.
Was Gwenyth Paltrow hot & believable with a classic cliched character? Yes.
Was Jeff Bridges an intimidating and believable bad guy, despite being "Lightfoot" of days gone by? Yes.
Were the special effects and cinematography good? Unbelievable.

Yet, somehow or another, the movie still managed to suck raw eggs. But most people, mindless as most are, will like it for the above listed reasons.

litzi said...

Hi Doc Bok,
OMG…the new commandant of The First Unichurck is the equivalent of Dan Conner (Roseanne’s TV husband)?? John Goodman is 57 years old; Alceste must not be aging very well (like a 3-day old fish out on the beach). Does he have a problem with alcohol too?

litzi said...

Hi Doc Bok,
What you said about movies that receive marvelous reviews and audience acclaim but leave a particular viewer “cold” is very accurate One that comes to mind for me is “Forrest Gump”. It was a huge commercial success, earning $677 million worldwide. It garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, of which it won six, including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects, Best Director and Best Actor (Tom Hanks). I saw it after all the hoopla had died down and was naturally expecting a 5-star film. Unfortunately, I found it tedious, too long and the acting appeared contrived and laborious. I questioned all the exaggerated hype and then wondered if there was something amiss with me…

Maybe we find a film enjoyable when it can effectively remove us from the humdrum of daily life for a couple of hours OR if it strikes a personal chord in our existence.

OneEar said...

I felt as though I were trapped in a video game, but the jumpy flashing and flickering was more like a seizure. The boy liked it too.

OneEar said...

I hadn't read the reviews until just now, and I have two thoughts.

#1) Why are these "reviewers" fascinated with the movie's gross receipts? Do I really care about the financier's ROI? My kids don't.

#2) Speed Racer is better than most of the kids movies I've seen recently including The Bee Movie and Ratatouille. It is visually extravagant and there is actually something resembling a plot.

Doc Bok said...

Thank you.

And don't forget how cool it was when he hit the center button on the steering wheel--CHooooChooooChoooo!!