movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] There’s a Speed Racier movie? Thanks for the tip, Christian D. Sounds like a great candidate to watch in HD!

PEOPLE: Written & directed by the Wachowski brothers — who brought us The Matrix, V For Vendetta, and Bound. Starring Emile Hirsch (Milk, The Girl Next Door), Christina Ricci (not looking as hot as in most of her movies), John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Roger Allam (V For Vendetta, and the Inkheart narrator), Scott Porter, Matthew Fox.

QUIRKS: Based on a cartoon. And LONG. 2 hours, 15 minutes. Long movies rule — when they’re good.

VISUALS: Absolutely incredible visuals. I didn’t realize this was from the creators of The Matrix. Most of the movie is CG. Think: Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, but better. The car races are the most amazing things I’ve ever seen “cars” do (even if it’s really CG). The CG also helped keep the cartoon feel. The crazy outfits, sets, and visuals really made this a live-action cartoon adaptation that retains all of the original cartooniness. Usually, if a cartoon is converted to live-action, the cartooniness is sucked out of it. NOT here. Absolutely amazing visuals.

CONCLUSION: I never really cared for the cartoon that much, but the movie was absolutely amazing. Some of the most frenetic action scenes that I’ve seen in awhile. EXTREMELY stylized movies always get me off really good. Truly amazing. Some people might not like how long it is — but when something is really good, you don’t want it to end. I could have watched 4 hours of this! We both loved it. I never knew a cartoon could be adapted into live-action so successfully.

RATINGS: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8.5/9 (average of me & Carolyn).

RECOMMENDATION: Like visuals, action, special effects, and unique style? Watch this — even if you hated the cartoon.

MOVIE QUOTE: Speed: “Haven’t any of these drivers read the rule book?”

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Christian D loved it. Jordan really liked it. Stacy hated it (weird).

Mood: sickened
Music: The Church – Distant X Unseen