The same thing every damn time with the Wachowskis: their mediocre (if not sometimes plain dull) storytelling paired with incredible, advanced visuals. This time around the colours and fast-paced cutting (the first of many anime inspirations) take the wheel while performances take the back seat. Still, not void of all entertainment value.
I remember a film critic (though I don't remember which one) writing that as much as SPEED RACER was reviled by some, and dismissed by others, it was, in fact, both a fun movie and a stylistic and technical template for movies to come. That critic was so right. There have been many well-received movies since SPEED RACER that owe their energy, style, and pacing to this bright Wachowski gem.
Can't quite say it was misunderstood when it was released but it definitely was ahead of its time. I do think it would have done better now than 2008. Stylized green screen movies/shows/internet content are more embraced with a 2013 audience. The movie is pure energy! Reaches a level of obnoxious lunacy that's hard to deny its charm. Its the type of entertainment and cinematic experience we take for granted!
Honestly, the racing scenes are a bit too rapidly edited and brightly colored for me to process. The reason I love this movie is because the Wachowskis managed to bring the cartoon to life while at the same time imbuing the screenplay with a ton of heart. For all of its kinetic visuals, "Speed Racer" is actually a great film about family, and one of the most heartfelt and sincere Hollywood movies of the past 10 years
A much better movie than I expected. Sure it has some lame gags from the kid brother and monkey but the eye candy, dear god the eye candy, make up for any and all of it. Criminally under appreciated and probably the best one could hope for from this adaptation.