Friday, May 16, 2008

Mamo #114: Mamo GoGoGo!

Speed Racer didn't get out of the starting blocks, didn't win, didn't place, didn't even finish the race. Why?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

Why didn't speed reacer work? Well, I watched it with my partner in a cinema where the only other occupants were about thirteen boys between the ages of 9 and 14.

Here were my notes:

1) The film takes some time explaining to us that Speed Racer is a petrol head goon. Unless you too are a petrol head goon you have a hard time taking him seriously as a hero. Arguments to the effect that because that's the nature of the film his single minded obsession with cars is somehow legitimate are like saying the movie of Street Fighter was actually a solid piece of work because it was only based on a video game. You cannot use faith to a poor source as an excuse for poor storytelling.

2) On which topic: if this family are so goddamned wonderful how come they alienate one son driving him into a life of exile and danger and can't even be bothered to have a word with the other one about his failing grades?

3) When the mean girl is saying Speed is a clumsy, stupid weirdo in order that Trixie may beat her up about it it is hard to disagree with the sentiment because he *is* a clumsy, stupid weirdo.

4) When the business guy who has stolen Tim Curry's performance tells Speed he's a naive idiot he is also right.

5) The kid with the monkey would have made sense had he been an animated character in an early 80s anime. May even have been cute. In the Western World of the 00s he's a candidate for ritalin and other ADHD therapies.

6) When a bunch of 9-14 year old lads hate the movie so much that they talk through the whole thing and you don't mind because you hate the dialogue and can survive without it then this is a bad bad sign.

7) Yes, visually stunning and revolutionary. But it's *not* a good story. It's just not. Visually stunning cannot survive without a good story.

8) Maybe the movie would have been more acceptable if it had had no dialogue at all. A brightly coloured dreamy confection of music and images would have been even more stunning and wouldn't have turned people off with the long, tedious and irritating "story". It also would have cut the movie's length down to around 80-90 mins which would have made it less flabby.

So yeah, I couldn't stand it pretty much and can fully understand why people are staying away in their droves.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Vasta said...

LOST, indeed, is skipping a week. But not because of Indiana Jones. Basically, they wanted a two-hour slot for the final part of the finale, but weren't able to do it because of the finale of Grey's Anatomy. So instead of trying to squeeze it all into one hour, they're letting Grey's wrap up next week, and then taking the 9pm-11pm slot for the LOST finale the week after.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so happy that Narnia isn't doing as good as expected. The first one bored me to tears!

Ky in Boston

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

I may already be too late but let's hope not.

Please bear in mind when reviewing Crystal Skull that my opinion of the movie is based upon a single comment re: the Star Wars prequels on this very cast.

The prequel trilogy was likened to a grand exhibition which rendered the original trilogy like sitting in the bathroom for 6 hours if you watched the movies as a chronological piece.

With this in mind I think this movie is certainly a worthy addition to the canon and anyone whose willing to take a pop at it for being "ridiculous" or "nonsensical" or even for not being particularly ground breaking are missing the point that Indiana Jones movies are what they are and if you're watching it in your mid 30s then their going to be subject yo your mid 30s faculties of reasoning.

When I was 6 my father poured scorn on everything I liked. He was particularly obnoxious in his mid 30s and trust me you never want to end up being that guy.

9:40 AM  
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I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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