Jesus, sometimes I think the studio people and investors are as retarded as some filmgoers. Did anyone REALLY think Speed Racer was going to make money? Anyone here? Anyone in Hollywood? Anyone in the WORLD?????? It’s an overly bright, noisy film that looks like it was edited by a masturbating chimp on meth. I’ve only seen the trailer and already it’s grating on my f*****g nerves.
Yeah, I can’t judge it without having seen the whole thing, but what I’ve seen ain’t good, the reviews I’ve read ain’t good, and the news of it making it only half of what it was expected to make REALLY ain’t good.
There’s just something about way too brightly colored films that take place in a totally unrealistic impossible universe that almost automatically makes them fail. Look at “Dick Tracy” or “Toys”, both of these are kind of cult films now but they never had much of a chance to be huge box office successes. They’re just bizarre misfires from people who should have known better. Sometimes it CAN work, just look at Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, but that’s only because Paul Rubens really had nailed down his Pee-Wee persona by then and was able to inject a lot of humor and humanity into the character. So you believed in him, and by extension the movie. Also, as creepy as it may be to say, Rubens had some really keen insight into the mind of children. So the whole movie felt like a daydream you may have had when you were 10 as opposed to being shown what adults thought you wanted to see.
Somehow I doubt the Wachowski’s possess Ruben’s umm… abilities. This looks like a wet firecracker.
Still, maybe I’ve got it all wrong. Who knows? Good luck guys, you may need all you can get.