So I saw Speed Racer over the weekend and I have to admit it was better than I thought it was gonna be. As usual I’ll keep this review spoiler free mainly because there’s not really much of a plot to spoil in this one. Don’t get me wrong I was a HUGE fan of the anime growing up (except for Spritle, I @#$!ing HATE Spritle! And Chim-chim isn’t much better) but I wasn’t sure how well it would work on the big screen.
If you’ve seen an episode of the show then you know the basic premise of the movie, Speed comes from a family of racers and race car designers. When he was younger his older brother Rex “died” in a race after getting into a fight with Pops Racer. Pops has reservations about letting Speed race at first but it wouldn’t be much of a show/movie if he didn’t. The movie is basically the same thing except a lot flashier and more colorful. The majority of the movie was filmed in front of a green screen so they are able to do all kinds of spiffy effects and visuals that they wouldn’t be able to do with real cars and the tracks could only exist in some F/X guys imagination.
My biggest problem with the movie is there are times when it seems like they do things with the effects not because it’s necessary but because they can do it and in the final race there are parts where it’s a little hard to follow exactly what’s going on but I do have to say overall I did like the movie. Yes Spritle and Chim-chim are in it but they are toned down from the annoying little @#$!s that were in the anime so they are at least semi-tolerable. On a scale of 1-5 I’d give it a 3, enjoyable but it’s not gonna win any awards.