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Review for ”Speed Racer”

And so arrives 2008’s generally least anticipated summer blockbuster. From the get go of the early trailers, this looked like a very expensive movie for a very niche market, namely those who enjoyed Speed Racer and are looking for a adrenilin kick of nostalgia. And while they will get theres, this movie should also play to roughly half on any given audience in a very good way. But there other half, not so much…..

Getting the basics out of the way, Emile Hirsch is Speed, of the Racer family, who loves driving his souped up logistically impossible car, winning all the small times racers, with no real competition except for that of the ghost of the brother, who was killed in a fixed race several years earlier. His father (John Goodman) and mother (Susan Surandon) never entirely got over it, but they still watch Speed race, along with his younger brother Spritle and his pet monkey ChimChim(Paulie Litt and said monkey almost run away with the film, such is their comic timing). When a big time sponson spots Speed’s potential, he offers him an ultimatum, join his team or possibly be killed on the track. And thats pretty much your lot.

But then this film was never going to be about the story, or for that matter, the acting. Hirsch, Goodman and Sarandon are all fine in the roles, as is Matthew Fox as Racer X (mysterious past alert!) and Christian Ricci as Speed’s girlfriend Trixie once again oozes sex appeal, even while trying to just be cute and safe. This film was going to be about the visuals. And my God, are they visual.

The best, or perhaps worst, comparison is to Ang Lee’s The Hulk, with its very literal take of ”comic book adaptation”, so to is this quite probably the closest Hollywood will ever get to taking a 60’s Manga cartoon and making it ”real”, with real being a very subjective word in this case, since practically all of the movie has at least some CGI going on somewhere on screen. The races themselves range from extremely exciting (the cross-continent rally, for example, is an expert example of a modern action sequence) to boring, repetitive¬†or irritating (two seperate races in the movie cut back and forth from the race to events in the past, totally chopping up the tension of the scene itself).

For most of the movie, the best advice would be to regress into a mental age of about 7 and look at all the pretty colours, laugh at the monkey throwing poo at the bad guy and try not to think too hard. While we’re not saying there’s nothing for adults to enjoy (Richard Rowntree’s cameo, Roger Allam taking the villian he played in V For Vendetta and turning it up to 11), most of this movie is aimed squarely at the young or the young at heart. But if the idea alone of spending 140 minutes in a world vaguely resembling a futuristically neon gay pride flag is already giving you a headache, then give this a miss. Don’t even look at the poster. This is not for you. You know who you are.

Six Out Of Ten.


Ninja Cheerleaders!

They’re Cheerleaders! Who also happen to be Ninjas! What else do you need? George Takei? Cos he’s in there, too!

All this written and directed by David Presley, who was a cameraman on films like There Will Be Blood, The Insider, Starship Troopers, Contact and Syriana to name but a few! Do you think he looked at his C.V. and just thought “Boooooor-ring! Where’s the Ninjas? Where’s the Cheerleaders? Hang on a sec……”

Thats what we like to think happened.

Hitler; A Comedy Goldmine?

Had we read about this on April 1st, we’d have laughed on moved on, but, appearantly, no:

Mein Kampf, based on a dark farce by Hungarian playwright George Tabori, is set in a Vienna hostel before World War One. In the play, an insecure Hitler is befriended by an elderly Jew who gives him his infamous hair style and toothbrush mustache.  Tom Schilling (Elementary Particles) will star as Hitler, and Goetz Georg as his Jewish friend, Schlomo Herzl (editors; seriously?). Urs Odermatt will direct the production, which starts shooting in Vienna this week. UFA plans to release the film in Germany next year.

A German making a comedy about Nazis. Well well well. So when can we expect an American director to start making a comedy about slavery? Who said that was Amistad? That was in poor taste. Shame on you……

Young People F**king Trailer

Here’s the trailer for 2008’s best named movie:

Is there anything more to say?


Wolverine Posters

This is the cool one:

The is the crap one:

This one is probably the best of the lot:

None of them are likely to be the real final deal, but are still kinda cool to look at, non?

Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Poster

Haven’t seen this anywhere else yet, so it may not be the real thing, or it may be some sort of Correct Opinion exclusive.:

Either way, it looks pretty neat.

Final Destination 4 in 3-D!

Following on from a massive car wreck at a Nascar Rally, with some pieces of cars, as well as entire cars themselves, going head first into the watching crowd, Nick (Bobby Campo) has a premonition and saves some of his friends from certain death. But Death itself doesn’t want them to live anymore, bares a grudge, and comes after them one by one so they can die in cool but reality wavering ways.

Director of Final Destination 2 David R. Ellis is back behind the camera of the accident prone franchise having made the kinda crappy Cellular as well as the not as good as it could’ve been Snakes On A Plane, and the case is composed of entire unknowns. But what makes this kinda interesting is that Ellis has been given the same Hi-Def 3-D technology used by James Cameron on Avatar for the 3-D scenes in the movie, sort of providing a test run for its success, it being out in January 2009, a full 11 months before Cameron’s first feature film since 1997’s Titanic.

So while the quality of the movie itself might be questionable, at least it will look good.