Bright, camp and colourful, Speed Racer has a strong sense of style to its choreography. Its confidence is varied and entertaining, and it makes this adaptation of the Mach GoGoGo franchise an infectiously good film. Colour bounces around the screen, like The Cat in the Hat but filtered down into likeable, bitesize chunks. A kid with an obsessed passion is overwhelmed by the outside world and what Lilly and Lana Wachowski present is the imagination of a child developed on-screen. That is, at least, a formidable excuse for how awful the CGI can look at times. It is only in the real world that it looks horrendous. To look over that is necessary when engaging with the fast-paced hijinks of the imaginative Speed Racer.
Rehashing an introduction is one way of winning over a new generation of fans while also appealing to the older ones who remember the release of the original. Balancing that line is a monumentally difficult challenge, one that director Lana Wachowski is more than capable of. Where The Matrix was a stunning feature that was soon subsumed by the larger remit of the science-fiction genre and cultural imbalances of the time, The Matrix Resurrections looks to bring a new and stylish flair to an old universe of counter-culture brilliance. “What makes Matrix different?” one games designer asks. Who knows, but what sets The Matrix Resurrections apart is its embrace of modern tricks and tropes, while also maintaining a credible understanding of the impact the original trilogy had on an ever-changing culture.