I remember watching “Speed Racer” way back when I was still ten or eleven years old. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a little background information. Speed Racer was one of the first anime series that ever made it big outside of Japan. The manga (comic book) was created by Tatsuo Yoshida and was later turned into an actual animated series. Basically, the story revolves around Speed Racer and his love for automobile racing.
The characters include his father and creator of the Mach 5, his younger brother Spritle and his pet chimpanzee Chim-Chim, his girlfriend-of-sorts Trixie and the mysterious Racer X whom Speed Racer is determined to defeat.
Now the reason why I’m digging up these childhood memories is because of a trailer I saw in a movie theater just recently. Apparently, Warner Brothers has picked up on the potential of Speed Racer as a commercial film.
The characters didn’t change much from the original story. In fact, I have to say that they made the film as authentic as possible and yet managed to give it the modern appeal for today’s audience.
Emile Hirsch stars as Speed Racer. You might recognize him from his recent film “Into the Wild.” I was first introduced to his talent a few years ago when I saw “The Emperor’s Club.” And once again in “The Girl Next Door.” Both movies are inspiring and deal with the subject of courage and dignity albeit in different ways.
I’m a little glad to see him move away from that genre and into something more mainstream. And may I just say that apart from his acting skills, he really does resemble Speed Racer from the original series. They share the same boyish looks and determined eyes.
Christina Ricci portrays Speed Racer’s girlfriend Trixie. If I remember correctly, Trixie’s character is a bit more energetic and loud so this should be pretty interesting. I haven’t seen her on the big screen lately either.
This sounds like a promising movie and will hopefully be worth the money. Other huge stars included in this film are Matthew Fox, Susan Sarandon and John Goodman. Korean superstar Rain is also included in the stellar cast.
The film is set to be shown in theaters in May. Better mark your calendars! Think “The Fast and the Furious” for the whole family. This is one movie you don’t want to miss.