Monday, 12 May 2008
I remain deeply puzzled at the reaction to Speed Racer from both critics and public alike. In the US the film made a "disappointing" $20 million this weekend, while in the UK the film pulled in less than $800,000, a poor return that couldn't even be blamed on the glorious weather we've been having for the last few days since Iron Man, in its second weekend, made more than $4 million. And while I continue to encounter other film journalists who responded to the film the way I did, the overall critical consensus is that the film sucked. Total Film gave it two stars (out of five), Empire managed one more, Anthony Lane in The New Yorker called it "Pop fascism" — not that I expected Lane to like it but even so — while currently on Rotten Tomatoes it's running at a low 36%. Go figure.