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Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter


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Speed Racer

I couldn't call myself a Wachowsky Brothers fan before now. I wasn't a big fan of The Matrix (much preferring Dark City) and avoided the sequels. I didn't mind Bound but thought it wasn't as interesting as people made out (basically being a film noir with a lesbian relationship at it's dark heart) but I have to say that Speed Racer is one of the most interesting films I've seen in ages.

It's not the likeablecast (John Goodman, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci are great on screen together, and Emile Hirsch is fine as Speed), it's not that the kiddy pandering (the monkey and the younger brother) is not teeth gratingly annoying (though I could imagine others would find it so), it's not the anti-corporate message (so NuHollywood) - it's that I was watching new ways of cinematically depicting narrative and back story unfurling before my very eyes.

Honestly, the Wachowsky Brothers have created a near-perfect amalgam of comics, anime and cinema - it's far more interesting in how it tells the story than something like Sin City (which I disliked.)  I think it's actually quite revolutionary and I recommend it to anyone interested in cinematic narrative.

Now, if only they could make a film for adults...
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something like Sin City (which I disliked.)

I detested Sin City. And The Matrix. But I did like Dark City!

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