Surprised – No Speed Racer No

I have to admit growing up I loved Speed Racer, I did not know why it looked so different from every other cartoon I was watching. I have now come to realize that this was Japanese animation. I knew that every summer I tried to build a go-cart and every year I wanted to build the Mach 5. When I joined Netflix I was able to view the first season of Speed Racer and relive the excitement of the show from my early childhood. Then there were rumors of movie, of course, there had been, Batman, Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic 4, and now even Iron Giant, these are all huge money making machines. Then the project added the Wachowski brothers of Matrix fame ( I loved the Matrix movies still to this day I have a hard time turning them off, when I catch one cable or free TV), so I knew it was on the right track. Then the cast was being formed as I waited to see who would be Speed Racer and Trixie. First named was Christine Ricci who would play Trixie, a good choice as I had just seen her in Black Snake Moan. Then Emile Hirsch was named as Speed Racer, who I had seen in Alpha Dog and The Girl Next Door, he did look just boyish enough even though his is 23. As May 9th approaches as the premiere is about to happen, they are coast to coast on Leno, Letterman, and Conan. After a full opening weekend on Sunday night, Variety reports the movie only did 20 million during its opening weekend. This morning I woke up and felt so out of touch with mainstream America. I loved Spiderman and felt great when the first day of SPM1 broke the opening weekend with over 144 million then again, when SPM3 (still hold the record) opened with over 151 million. I guess I am a little taken back as I had expected when you parley a Wachowski Brothers film with a character from a generations childhood, the nostalgia alone was going to make it hugely successful. This is not the case as only time will tell what the reason was, as I truly do not understand why.