May 13, 2008

Nano Film Review #9 and 10 -- Iron Man and Speed Racer

Summer's off to a great start. I saw Iron Man on tis opening day and caught Speed Racer last night. Here' my thoughts:

Iron Man -- Everything that was promised in the trailer was given and then some. Robert Downey, Jr.'s Tony Stark was a likable jerk, a flawed man who has everything he wants except a reason for being. His character changes over the course of the film, but never becomes perfect. It's a fast moving film that follows a natural course. It's got flare and attitude and spectacle and awesome performances all around. The effects were seamless and the CGI blended nicely with real life. There were only a few times that the effects were slightly off, and the only reason I noticed was because the rest of the time it was flawless. Awesome movie.

Speed Racer -- The Speed Racer movie is actually a trilogy. Take the time to analyze it -- you'll see three separate storylines, three separate calls to action, three separate rising actions, three separate resolutions. Three separate and complete story arcs and character arcs for Speed. It's like they decided to do the trilogy in one movie . . . just in case they didn't get a chance to do the trilogy. This movie is the opposite of Iron Man -- the effects are very noticeable -- purposely so. But it's fun, full of energy, and has a message. Unlike the complicated and heavy Matrix movies (from the same directors), Speed Racer is a simple movie with a simple message . . . but it lays it out simply, in the simple plot, making it much more effective. Awesome movie. I loved it. And I've only seen one Speed Racer episode in my whole life . . . on Sunday, so I could at least have some background.

It's looking to be a great summer. Next up: Prince Caspian. Indiana Jones and Hulk and Clone Wars and Hellboy and . . . whoa.

~ Ben

1 comment:

Patrick Roberts said...

The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer... the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard