Wachowski Bros — NOT pathetic.

We just finished watching the Speed Racer movie here at the Ol’ Home Cineplex (Motto: “If you still measure your TV in inches, it’s too small.“) Wow. I mean, WOW. These are the guys who brought us the spiffy camera work in The Matrix, and although I didn’t see the full Matrix trilogy (writing = “meh,” and it was very grey), I enjoyed  Speed Racer from start to finish. Yes, there were a few hackneyed lines.

“You don’t climb into a T-180 to be a driver. You do it because you’re driven. “

This reminded me irresistibly of Mystery Men:

The Sphinx: “Until you learn to master your rage…”

Mister Furious: “Your rage will become your master. That’s what you were going to say, right? Right?”

The Sphinx: “Not necessarily.”

But mostly the dialogue was fine. The acting was quite good, the eye candy, superlative. (Helloooo, Rain!)

However — the Big Payoff was the visual sensation that you were inside a halogen-lit kaleidoscope being twirled by a chimpanzee on methamphetamines. (The chimp is an integral part of the film.)

Let me give you two disclaimers. First, I’ve never seen an episode or even a clip of the original Speed Racer cartoon. Second, I don’t put CGI and special effects anywhere near the same level as good writing, direction and acting. But I do love color and movement, and this movie delivers both in overwhelming amounts. Also, they do this crazy screen wipe with a separate scene that’s giving you information. It works your brain in whole different ways.

Watching the special features, the look and feel appears to be a group effort — the product of a long-standing team. I sincerely hope it is, because if the Wachowski brothers were able to visualize something like this from the very beginning, I feel like a Neanderthal to their Homo Sapien.


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One Response to “Wachowski Bros — NOT pathetic.”

  1. Mary Says:

    I fell asleep during it 🙂 I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a kid movie or what. It was Very Colorful, I agree!

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