This film is beautiful. I mean it. It's a grand achievement in animation and in filmmaking, period. In the distant future where anti-gravity is the norm some fools still have a passion for wheels, and today, in our modern world of computer animation, some crazy motherfuckers still love the artform enough to spend seven long years drawing Speed Racer from hell. Glorious.
A shot in the arm for anime, taking a simple concept (racing) and, through seven years of hard work, creating an exhilarating blast of imagination and charm. In a area of culture, anime, which can be incredibly lazy and off-putting even for anime fans, this is an incredible piece of pop-art.
Much like "Attack the Block," this is a pretty decent film that the internet community has latched onto and hyped way out of proportion. The animation is certainly stunning and psychedelic but what is it in service of? The characters and story are thin, and the creators engage in the same extreme female objectification as the anime that "Redline's" fans rail against. A visual feast on blu-ray but not much else.
Mix together four parts "Wacky Races," four parts "F-Zero," two parts manic Madhouse animation and one part 50s greaser cool. Add sugar to taste. Then add more sugar. Then add a 24-ounce can of Red Bull or two while you're at it. Add food colouring liberally. Bake for 102 minutes and enjoy.
another masterpiece from takeshi koike. EXTREMELY LEGIT BEYOND FLUID VISUALS with some pretty good dramas! and it was an INTENSE SHIT. to me it looks like a dirtier and crazier version of speed racers. i was gonna give this movie a 5 but goddamn im gonna give it a 4 only because of the ending and the character development