It's a dizzying FX retro ride with Speed Racer (Hirsch) and his racing family, including Pops (Godman), Mom (Sarandon), Spritle (Litt), and pet chimp Chim-Chim as they fight against corporate overlord Royalton's nasty plan for world domination, with a little help from the mysterious Racer X (Fox), who might just be Rex, Speed's older brother thought to have bought it in a crash. Also on hand is Trixie (Ricci), the girlfriend Speed might have if he weren't so busy righting wrongs behind the wheel of his car, the Mach 5. The story is flat, moody, and weird, but the racing is wild and the visuals are wilder--kids will dig it, as will fans of the original Japanese anime rendering.
Review by Brian Tallerico
It either takes nerves of steel or a brain of pudding to make a family film that's 129 minutes long, but no one ever said the Wachowski Brothers played by the rules (or even by common sense). Forget the fact that Speed Racer is a kid’s movie. ...Read More
http://braidedthreads.blogspot.com/2008/09/focus-on-racing-family.html...The draw to this film will probably be the effects-saturated racing, but by the time the final race comes along, you might find yourself more interested in watching the dynamics between the father, played by John Goodman, the mother, played by Susan Sarandon, and their two sons. The back-story doesn't matter nearly as much as it deserves to. It involves a "boy" first-named "Speed," last-named "Racer" (played by Emile Hirsch) and his race-car obsessed family who lost an older son to a racing accident in the years before the action that takes place in the film. I must say, this movie celebrates Family connections, Family relationships, and Family unity like a curb-side uber-1950s-style Swiss Family Robinson. Between the racing scenes there is a whole lot of family interaction: laughter, arguments, tension, exasperation, and forgiveness.