Mike Go! Go! Go!
I know you dont care, but....
I went to see Speed Racer this past weekend at my local
IMAX theatre. I knew the story was utter fertilizer but
I also knew that the
Brothers could be counted on for astonishing feats
of cinematic legerdemain so if I was going to insult
going to do it at 70mm.
In a word: eye-popping.
I was enthralled from start to finish, save for those
mercifully brief periods when
the characters stopped to talk to one another. I realize
that writers have families to feed, too, but in cases
like this I would
been just as pleased with title cards reading "Sir
Royalton arrives with a sinister scheme" and then
getting back to the action-action-action.
The film had small splashes of near-genuine emotion,
supplied unsurprisingly by Susan Sarandon and
John Goodman, even if they were basically playing against
the SAG version of cardboard cutouts. Roger Allam made
an effective villain, English of course, but he took
the role wayyyy too seriously. I kept getting the feeling
Tim Curry instead. I know the audience would have.
Will this film go into my permanent collection? Due to
its razor-thin storyline, no, but I may watch it again
someday with the soundtrack off
and Pink Floyd turned way, way up.