I participate in watching the last movie of this semester’s Emory Cinematheque series: Speed Racer. The location was set in White Hall 208, so that many audiences attended. This movie is a 2008 action and comedy movie about a young speed car racer who aspires to win the champion of the racing world with the help from his family and his own automobile. Directed by The Wachowskis, this film reflects their typical style of using CGIs and humorous tones. The storyline was based on 1960s Japanese anime and manga series of the same name.
The process of watching this film was, inevitably uncomfortable, regarding to 5.1/10 average rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This 2-hour-long movie lacks certain essential elements that would potentially made this movie successful, from my own perspective. First of all, the movie focused too much on dazzling CGIs, whereas the storyline was left not very continuous. Even for the CGIs themselves, I, speaking as a viewer, felt like I’ve been through an experimental children styled early age film watching experience. But the only thing that I could praise for is the acting skills of the actors and actresses. Emile Hirsch played the Speed Racer and Christine Ricci played Trixie, Speed’s girlfriend; both of them did a wonderful job in establishing the personalities of the protagonists.