Thursday, May 01, 2008
Go Speed Racer
Says Todd McCarthy: "True to its origins as a '60s Japanese animated kiddie favorite, Speed Racer blasts into cultural prominence four decades later as an ultra-cartoony actioner defined by its Day-Glo colors, resistance to any laws of physics, and notions of good and evil that go no further than having the hero drive a white car. Aimed squarely at family audiences, the Wachowski Brothers' return behind the camera for the first time since the Matrix trilogy is a blur of video action painting and very loud sounds notable solely for its technical wizardry. In every other respect, it's pure cotton candy -- entirely non-nutritious but too sweet and pretty for young people to resist. General audiences worldwide look to make this Warner Bros. release a substantial hit in all formats, from IMAX to eventual homeview sales, with extra coin assured from moppets of a certain age who require repeat viewings."