Sound Off: Speed Racer - Is It Really That Bad?
by Alex Billington
December 9, 2007
The very first trailer for the Wachowski's upcoming Speed Racer debuted on Thursday night to quite a negative response on the internet. Not only has there been a lot of debate in two articles here on FS.net (the first one with the photos and then the actual trailer), but I argued it with Peter Sciretta from /Film on our FightCast, and his website has a 62 comment post with a majority of negative comments. So this Sunday, I invite everyone to drop by and leave a comment and sound off of the Speed Racer trailer. Is it really that bad?
Kicking this off, it's important to note that my opinion on the trailer is very positive. I'm expecting Speed Racer to be incredible and I love the trailer. It's exciting, it's groundbreaking and very unique, and I am certain the Wachowski's will deliver a mind-blowing movie yet again. When have they ever gone wrong? If you look at their track record, there hasn't ever been a doubt as to their filmmaking ability. The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and V for Vendetta. Sure the second and third Matrix movies might have had story issues, but technically they were amazing.
Cinematical held a poll on the trailer with some thankfully good results: 42.9% said "I'm loving this so far", 29.8% said "I'm somewhere in the middle", and only 17.1% said "I hate everything about it." I guess this maybe sheds some light on the idea that only the haters are vocal. Everyone who seems to like it aren't coming out and being vocal about it. So if you did like the trailer and are looking forward to Speed Racer, please say so below!
I think JoBlo gives a great introduction to why the response to this has been so negative: "I think the Wachowskis have outdone themselves on this one. Any other director(s) would have turned this into a generic big budget CG extravaganza (sadly, those have become generic) but the Wachowskis have gone out of their way to create something utterly unique, a singular vision you might say." People are afraid of new things, and it takes time for them to understand and appreciate it, but as most aggressive people do, they fight it out with negative opinions while they still hate it. People are just using this opportunity to attack the film as much as they can because it doesn't look as perfectly polished as other CGI in movies, but that's because it's not supposed to. It's a new and different style that you'll have to get used to.
The biggest argument I've heard against it is that it looks like a video game. So? Everyone loves video games, so what's so wrong with that. And I guarantee when you actually watch this in the theater on a giant screen and with full audio, watching stylized live-action video-game-like car races will amaze, not bore, you. Even if it takes the remaining 152 days for everyone to fully understand, by the time this comes out on May 9th, everyone will be saying how good, not how bad, it actually is.