Any cartoon that features a super-intelligent chimpanzee dressed in overalls should not work as a live-action film. It seems like a law as immutable as the speed of light or the force of gravity. Yet the Wachowski Brothers latest trailers for their upcoming live-action version of Speed Racer seem to turn both the physics of gravity and speed on their head, while simultaneously revoking the universe’s chimpanzee clause. Although to be fair, the new trailers don’t exactly feature Chim-Chim heavily.
There’s nothing here we haven’t seen before: Speed Racer still features frenetic living-cartoon Technicolor races, a leather-clad Racer X and John Goodman in a expectations-defying role as a bellowing fat man. But there’s more of it.
You know, I think this is going to be a winner. I have a lot of faith in the Wachowskis when they are directing pure action movies with a heavy aesthetic slathering. It’s when they get into their navel-gazing philosophizing mode that I begin rolling my eyes so hard my neck threatens to snap.
Second trailer after the jump.