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We Be Here For Rain!

Last night, girltype and I went to go and see Speed Racer. She picked me up at about 4:25 and we went to Wamu so I could deposit my check. The Wamu sucks in that town. The one here is better. Then we went to the longhouse. Vanessa tried something different. It was amazing! And there was a guy that was our waiter. That was odd. Afterwards, we went to Best Buy where we got CDs. I bought Enchanted's Soundtrack finally, and Vanessa got some CD she was looking for.

Then we went to watch Speed Racer. I hate Emil Hirsch. I do, truly. But I was there for Rain. You might not know who Rain is, though. He's a big Kpop star. I don't even like Rain myself, but supporting Rain means supporting Kpop, and supporting Kpop is what I do.

And, in the end, how was the movie? Well, it's nowhere near as good as IGN makes it out to be. I just read their review. They gave it 4.5 out of 5. I would give it two out of four. It's a very gorgeous looking movie, there's no denying that. But only for the race parts. The race parts look fantastic. However, when the actors are at the Racer family home you can easily see the distortion as they walk by the brightly colored backdrop, which is a bit depressing. As it stands, the whole thing is like some explosion of brightness. Candyland on crack. Someone is bound to have a seizure watching that movie, I swear.

Acting was... it was meh. I'm proud of Rain. He said big words and didn't sound horrible doing them. His English is way better than I expected it to be. John Goodman was great. I still don't think he's the ideal Pops Racer, but he was good. One of his scenes was my favorite in the movie. And he lost so much weight! It was kind of scary. Matthew Fox seriously was just there. I realize Racer X is supposed to be something of a monotone individual, but damn people, give the man a little bit of spark. There was none. Christina Ricci should keep long hair. And don't get me started on that little bastard kid who played Spridle (or however you spell it). That kid had too much airtime and needs to be shot.

Don't go into Speed Racer looking for much development. There is none. A little bit here, a little bit there. And that aspect of the movie fails. There wasn't even a scene between Racer X and Mom Racer, which would have been brilliant more than likely. Plus, they almost messed with what is the most important aspect of the Speed Racer mythos, and for a few minutes you believe that they did. Then you realize they don't, and that's good. They did, however, mess with the creation of the Mach 5, which was distressing. Plus what the hell was up with the Mach 6? There is no Mach 6!!!!

Speed Racer is an incredibly long movie. It clocks in at over 2 hours. And it feels like it. The children in the theater were getting bored and started to walk around. Overall, however, it is not a horrible movie. And it did have a fair amount of respect for fans of the anime, which is always respectable. They even end it with the Japanese theme song... until they go into some horrible rap rendition that killed the joy.

Damn rap. Kills so much joy.


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May. 18th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
I would watch a series that was just John Goodman fighting ninja.
Finally got around to seeing Speed Racer myself, and your review mirrors my feelings almost exactly. As long as I kept in mind the fact it was based on an admittedly cheesy, hokey cartoon it was fun. Most reviewers need to get over themselves and realize this is basically the 60's Batman movie (or the live action Cutie Honey), updated for a new generation.

Emil Hirsch was just basically new Neo -- not there to have any thoughts of his own, just to make the Keanu Reeves face. Christina Ricci as Trixie -- well, we both know each other's feelings on long hair VS. short -- but Spritle and Chim-Chim cracked me up, though! Their bit interrupting Speed & Trixie's kiss at the end of the movie was golden.

If the Wachowskis keep making movies like this, maybe someday I'll be able to forgive them for V For Vendetta.

fuseji is more like a NONja.
May. 18th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I would watch a series that was just John Goodman fighting ninja.
I loved the 60s Batman Movie...

'Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb...'


I hate kid actors. That boy looks a hell of a lot like the Spencer Breslin, too. And I hated Spencer Breslin.

I think most people would watch a series that was just about John Goodman fighting Ninjas. It would be his first post-Roseanne success...

After all, the only thing he tried to do before that was Normal, Ohio...

Which is best left forgotten.
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