I’m not about to do anything as confrontational as call the universally derided Speed Racer a good movie – because it isn’t. What it is is a fantastic DVD. I guarantee you this will be a hit to keep on in the background during parties. There also are some moments of delightful camp that, if you aren’t under any pressure to, like, watch the movie, jump out and nip you on your nose. Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon, especially, seem to “get” what it is they are doing here. (Making peanut butter sandwiches for the big race against evil is a nice touch.)
Visually, this is an exhausting milestone – as a “production” it is a curiosity piece for the ages. I just like seeing the buff “Racer X” who never gets out of leather, even when hanging around the living room. I feel like Joel Silver and the Wachowskis made exactly the movie they wanted to make and could give two shits if everyone else thought it was awful.