Few directors have ever pushed the envelope of visual filmmaking quite like The Wachowski Brothers. In 1999, they showed the world bullet-time in The Matrix and continued to wow us all the way through the trilogy. Say what you want about the last two films, but there is no denying that they looked sweet.
The same can be said for their upcoming film Speed Racer, which will be thrust into theaters on May 9th after making its world premiere on opening night at the Tribeca Film Festival. You may not dig actor Emile Hirsch (and I do not), you may think that the film looks goofy and cartoony (as many people do) and you may think that The Wachowskis have lost their marbles (we question whether they had any to begin with), but one thing is for sure: Speed Racer is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen in a long time.
As evidence of this, I submit the newly release International trailer for your viewing pleasure:
[flv:http://media.filmschoolrejects.com/trailers/speedracer-int.flv 520 220]Watch the trailer in High Definition at SpeedRacerTheMovie.com
Now, as far as summer blockbusters go, this one is probably up there on my “most anticipated” list, right below Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Not because I think that it is going to be an amazing movie, but because I am anxious to see the final product. I am anxious to see more of this ridiculously stylized film. Who knows, it may turn out to be an awesome ride. Then again, it may turn out to be a huge turd. Of all the big budget films that will be hitting theaters this summer, the fate of Speed Racer is the one that hangs in the balance. I think fans should be holding onto cautious optimism here, as The Wachowskis do have serious game.
I suppose we will see how it all turns out in just under a month.
Sound Off: What do you think, is Speed Racer going to rock our worlds, or will it crash and burn?