To quote Andrea upon leaving the theater, “Well, that was fun to look at.”
I think the biggest problem with the movie is it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a kids only flick or a flick that could have some adult appeal. If it was only for kids, then you could forgive the awful plot and the stale acting. If it was supposed to appeal to adults, then it was pretty bad.
Then again, you have to take into account that the cartoon made absolutely no sense. Speed Racer could never really be taken seriously. If you weren’t a fan of the cartoon, this might seem like the dumbest movie you’ve ever seen.
The races looked amazing, especially in IMAX (think the pod races in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace while tripping balls on acid). Although there were a couple of times where I had no idea which car was which.
If you are planning to see this movie, please get there early do you can get a good seat. You don’t want to be stuck in the front rows. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be with all the speed and colors but my eyes were definitely sore when I left the theater.