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SPEED RACER

By the time I went to see Speed Racer, I kinda didnít want to see it. I knew it had been getting bad reviews, and frankly the trailers hadnít sold meÖso flashy, and well, cartoony.

But I saw Speed Racer, and it was pretty cool.
Now, it IS too flashy and way over the top. The old school cartoon itís based on was, um, more realistic. You know, for a cartoon. This movie is set in a world where racetracks are these neon, space age monstrosities that kinda give me a headache.

But the movie is pretty cool. The cast is good, though I especially liked Matthew Fox as Racer X, since he was the only one that spoke in that hurried anime style. Emile Hirsch was fine as Speed Racer, and John Goodman and Susan Sarandon are really great as his parents. I donít remember Trixie being such a bad-ass, but Christina Ricciís take on her was pretty cool. Paulie Litt was obnoxiously over the top as Spritle, Speedís little brother whoís never without Chim Chim, the family chimpanzeeÖI mean, what family doesnít have a chimpanzeeÖbut Litt steals every scene heís in, so I guess thatís cool.

Speed Racer was written and directed by the The Wachowski Brothers, but it doesnít feel like their movie. I mean, at times there are some action scenes that look like they could have been out of The Matrix, but overall, Speed Racer is really an over the top, hyper-kinetic family film.

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