May 12th, 2008

SPEED RACER (2008) ***

(Special Note:  To pay tribute to Speed Racer, I’ve written this review to the tune to the Speed Racer theme song.)

 

Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer

He’s got a new movie.

He’s got a movie and it’s actually quite groovy. 

 

The casting is perfect and that comes as some surprise

Especially Christina Ricci and her Anime Eyes. 

And Matthew Fox is pretty awesome as Racer X.

Don’t forget John Goodman and Susan Sarandon are in there too.

 

Emile Hirsch plays Speed and though I didn’t really care for him

Spritle cracked me up and so did Chim Chim

So who really gives a flip?

 

Go (see) Speed Racer!  Go (see) Speed Racer!  Go (see) Speed Racer, Go!

 

The story is so-so but you won’t believe the effects.

But what did you expect from the guys who did The Matrix?

Any time Speed talks to his family, it’s pretty banal.

But that damned monkey was pretty cute.

 

Whenever Speed’s on the track, things are really great

And I’d probably give it four stars if I was eight

But for now it’ll have to settle for three!

 

Go (see) Speed Racer!  Go (see) Speed Racer!  Go (see) Speed Racer, Go!