April 20, 2008


Bob Thompson: Actors say Wachowski Bros. Speed Racer a mind-blowing experience (Ronald Nurwisah, April 18, 2008, National Post)

The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer zooms into theatres starting on May 9.

But to gear up for the brothers trippy movie version of Tatsuo Yoshida’s 1960s Japanese cartoon, there were previews in L. A. on Thursday and Friday. And yes Speed Racer is a marvel of movie engineering. And yes the Mach 5 car contains lots of gadgets easily deployed by pressing buttons marked A through G on the steering wheel and another all important one marked H.

While generally loyal to the various cartoons, this movie creature is nothing like anything we’ve seen before as the Wachowskis of The Matrix trilogy fame immerse themselves in high-definition video layering which allows foreground and background to stay in focus. The result is a backdrop as bizarre as it is vivid. [...]

"It was a whole different style of acting," Hirsch reported. "And sometimes you weren‚t sure what was going on but it was so easy to trust the directors. They really made the races engaging and I was impressed because they were so detail oriented."

Ricci felt right at home with all the Speed Racer action as the helicopter girl Trixie. "I never felt out of place or like the only girl in a guy's movie," she said. "And I got to kung-fu fight and fly a helicopter."

And what more could you ask?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2008 8:18 AM

The topper would be if the brother who is now a sister made a cameo appearance.

But I am afraid I won't be able to take my 7 year-old son (who has discovered Speed) to the movie (I think it will be PG-13).

Posted by: ratbert at April 20, 2008 10:28 AM

No, it's just PG. And from what I can tell from the trailers (and as the piece suggests), the whole movie will just fly right by. But John Goodman does look like a Super Mario brother, doesn't he?

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 20, 2008 10:16 PM

But ... but ... they're driving cars! Shouldn't they be running trains?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 20, 2008 10:25 PM