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Speed Racer


The Diva's review of
Speed Racer(2008)


Speed Racer
Rated; running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by : Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Directed by: Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman, Matthew Fox, Roger Allam, Paulie Litt, Scott Porter
Theatrical release Date: 5/9/08


The Digest

The Racer family, Pops Racer (John Goodman), Mom Racer (Susan Sarandon), Rex Racer (Scott Porter), Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch), and Spritle Racer (Paulie Litt) and the little monkey, live and breathe racing. Even Speed’sgirlfriend, Trixie (Christina Ricci) takes part in the family tradition.

Pops and the clan are old school. They build their own cars and have their own racing company, they have resisted going corporate especially since the death of Rex Racer. He was to carry the family name into glory, but the pressure was too much for him and he ran off. Before long Rex is pushing the limits of the rules and shortly thereafter is killed in a fiery crash.

Now redemption rests on the shoulders of Speed. But the young man takes the added pressure with ease. His big brother Rex taught him everything he knows, but Speed can also feel cars. He has a instinct about him that pushes the limits to what cars can do. The big money sees this too. Royalton (Roger Allam), business giant who owns the most successful teams and will stop at nothing to keep them on top, also wants Speed to race for him.

But Speed will not be bought and he risks his safety and that of his family, but he may still beat the odds and keep his integrity at the same time. Or should he just give in and allow himself to be bought and have the guarantee of fame and glory. And who is this mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox)? And why does he seem so familiar?

The Dish

oh boy. I never much cared for the cartoon. I never liked how the lips moved out of synch with the dialog like a badly dubbed movie and I never understood the point of that. I also never cared for the topic. In short, this movie was at a severe disadvantage with me from the get go. But I did love the little brother and his monkey. I remember laughing at them as a kid and I still found them funny. I loved the colors of the landscapes and I loved how they kept the races true to the cartoon. In fact, I could have watched 2 hours of racing. The rest of it was just tedious.

I wish I could recommend this one. I wish I could have loved it, but it just didn’t give me a lot to go on. The movie is based on a cartoon that was essentially plot-less to begin with. In the immortal words of the great Billy Preston “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. You gotta have something…”

And while I don’t really care about curse words (within reason) I was shocked to hear some of the language in a movie marketed to kids. Nothing overly vulgar, except for the middle finger, but I was still shocked.

The Directive

Wait for the video.

3BC Ratings



Hit the brakes and speed away.

Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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