Not too long ago we brought you the two international trailers for the upcoming Wachowski Brothers movie Speed Racer, and I was less than impressed to say the least. The film looked too much like a childish, almost amateurish video game around live-action performers. I was instantly drawing comparisons with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Now, we get our third look in as many days at Speed Racer — a third look that is leaving me emotional ravaged.
To be honest, I am warming up to this film. This could be one of the surprise movies of the year. That’s right, I said it. There is a theory behind this, I promise you. My thought is that The Wachowski’s appear to be making a movie that goes to the absolute extreme of over-the-top goofiness and cheese. As if they are staying true to the anime roots of Speed Racer, they have given their film a look unlike anything we have seen in a long time. I must admit that this trailer looks pretty damn cool. Don’t worry though, I am still unsure about Emile Hirsch and I am also pretty sure that this film is going to cause seizures, but I am almost there — almost sold, but not 100% there yet. Call me a flip-flopper, say what you will, but I am getting excited. If the movie itself is as much of a roller coaster as the marketing campaign has been, we are in for one hell of an experience.
Speed Racer is directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, directors of the Matrix trilogy. It stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Matthew Fox. It is being released by Warner Brothers on May 9th.