I really don’t know what they heck to think of The Wachowskis’ Speed Racer anymore. At first, I was excited — the team that brought us The Matrix is going to bring one of the most iconic cartoons of all-time using full-focus camera technology — that is wicked. But ever since they have been debuting trailers and announcing that the film will probably have a G rating, I’ve been losing hope of this being anything more than a glossy, over-stylized parlor trick.
This new round of international trailer — 2 to be exact — is the same song and dance. We get to see Emile Hirsch looking lifeless, the video gamish effects of the in-race experience and more of John Goodman’s mustache. Alright, I will admit that John Goodman’s mustache is awesome, but that may not save this movie. I will admit as well that I am still anticipating seeing this one, as I have not completely lost faith — The Wachowskis are yet to really disappoint me, but we’ll see.
Again, I must reiterate the fact that I am still excited to see the finished product here, but it will not surprise me if it ends up being nothing more than the most expensive video game ever made. I’m interested to hear what you think…
Speed Racer is written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. It stars Emile Hirsch as Speed, Matthew Fox as Racer X, Christina Ricci as Trixie and John Goodman and Susan Sarandon as Speed’s parents. It is being released by Warner Brothers nationwide on May 9th.
Sound Off: What are your impressions of Speed Racer thus far? Are you excited?