I almost didn’t take the kids to watch Speed Racer because of the Washington Post’s review, ‘Speed Racer’ is on a fast track to nowhere:
“Speed Racer is being billed as the first big family blockbuster of the summer, but it’s hard to imagine youngsters sitting through more than two hours of confusing flashbacks, windy speeches and monotonous car races. …. the Wachowskis manage to take a straightforward origin narrative and cram every possible back story, subplot, action beat and non sequitur into a film whose running time exceeds even an unforgivable two hours. …
“Even more puzzling is the profanity that suffuses Speed Racer, which is being billed as the first big family blockbuster of the summer. As hard as it is to imagine youngsters sitting through a confusing mishmash of windy speeches and monotonous car races, it’s even more difficult to think that parents will find it charming when Spritle flips someone the bird.”
OK, so what I got from that was that my kids couldn’t follow the plot, it was too long for them to sit through, and there was enough vulgarity to make me wish I hadn’t dropped $8 per person for a matinee.
Wrong. Yes, the flashbacks were a little confusing, but in a theater full of kids on the weekend, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t explain in a whisper, “That’s when Speed was a kid; now he’s grown up.” The speeches weren’t too long and the races were anything but monotonous. C’mon, you’re talking about kids who watch their DVDs a jillion times!
I do agree that there is no need for cursing (“damn,” “ass”) in a PG film, but the scene where the younger brother flips someone the bird went by quickly and he was half obscured by the closing of an elevator door. Overall, it was a great movie that we’ll buy on DVD and absolutely worth watching; I’m going to go again with the hubby and watch it at the Udvar-Hazy IMAX!