cleopatra in spaaace! page five

here’s a cleo page for my birthday (29 today- old)!

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i saw two movies this past weekend (actually three, but two in the theater)- indiana jones 4 and speed racer. and you know what? speed racer blew indy out of the water in terms of awesomeness. why is this movie not doing better?? i had so much fun and felt like i was watching something really special. the script was great, the characters were super developed, and the car racing was the coolest car racing i’ve ever seen. i don’t think i wanted to go home and play mario kart so badly in my life. there was just so much to love about this movie, all the way from the visuals to the message it was trying to tell.

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unfortunately, in contrast, indy fell victim to a really bad script and a super, under-developed story line- and honestly- should never have been made. it was like an indiana jones movie for the sake of an indiana jones movie and just didn’t work on so many levels. i don’t want to go into the details, because they’re fairly obvious and most of you have either seen the movie already or will be seeing it soon. but i think this was a rushed project that was fun only in the sense of nostalgia for how much we all enjoyed its predecessors. i didn’t think it was all bad, but i went in with very low expectations and this movie met those.

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the funny thing about the two films is that there are so many “wha–?” moments in both of them. but with speed racer those “wha–?” moments are instantly followed by a “haha! awesome!” while with indy they just leave you with your mouth hanging open wondering how someone thought that was good idea.

so- i know speed racer isn’t for everyone, (believe me- from the trailers, i thought it looked just as horrible as the rest of the world seems to think) but if you go in with an open mind- i think you’ll find something you haven’t really seen before. something fun and unique. something for kids and adults. something for artists and people just wanting to see some great action. something meant to be seen on the big screen. something raiders of the lost ark accomplished 27 years ago.

so, with june fast approaching and more movies on the way, here’s my ranking for favorite summer movies so far:

  1. iron man
  2. speed racer
  3. narnia: prince caspian
  4. indiana jones: kotcs

12 comments

  1. Dan’s avatar

    Indy Jones 4 was definitely not the best one of the series, but it was one of those movies I HAD to see because… it’s Indiana Jones!!! Call this one a mulligan for Lucas/Spielberg, but they’re starting to use up their good graces with me. The Clone Wars better rock…

    I’m saving Iron Man and Narnia for Netflix. Not sure I can bring myself to watch Speed Racer. Next movie I GOTTA see at the theater is Wall*E…

    Have a GREAT day…

  2. Keath’s avatar

    I thought the Speed Racer trailer looked kinda cool. I still need to see that one. I’m kinda meh on seeing Indy in the theater – I think I may wait until Netflix for that one.

    I loved Iron Man – Jen & I saw that this past weekend and I thought it was great!

    By the by, this is the best Cleopatra page thus far!

  3. bruna’s avatar

    |Happy Birthday Mike!!!
    I did not see speed and indi yet, because of busy work schedule, but I’ll definitly choose speed first now, after reading your post! thanks for the heads up and have a very happy birthday!
    Cheers!
    b.

  4. Angela’s avatar

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!

    Thanks for the movie review and Cleopatra in Spaaace!

  5. dave’s avatar

    Happy birthday!

    I could not agree more. I thought Speed Racer was sensational, and (except for the chase sequence) Indy was barely tolerable. I’d even rank SR above Iron Man (way too much time watching Downey being a gearhead).

    I don’t understand why Racer gets so many bad reviews.

  6. Jeremy’s avatar

    Thank you Mike! I’m a huge Speed Racer fan and want to check out the movie pretty bad but I can’t get any of my friends or my wife to go with me because they all think it’s going to suck. I think it’s not doing better simply because the genius studio execs decided it was a good idea to sandwich it in the weekend between Iron Man and Narnia.

    If Speed Racer came out later in the summer or during winter break, it’d do phenomenal. But I’m encouraged to hear so many people liked it. I liked Indy, except for the last 15 minutes when the movie just lost its mind. Subtlety was never a Lucas trait, but come on….

    Happy B-Day Mike!

    Jeremy

  7. Bryan B.’s avatar

    Zap? Classic.

    Ahhh, to be 29 again. So very fancy and free.

  8. mike’s avatar

    dan- give speed racer a chance. you might be surprised. and clone wars actually looks kinda fun. at least it isn’t directed by lucas. that’s a plus!

    kieth- yes iron man rocked! one of the best superhero films to date. waiting on dark knight now…

    bruna- awesome! let me know what you think. and thanks!

    angela- you’re very welcome. :)

    dave- i think it might just scare a a few people. humanity isn’t ready for such awesome. ;)

    jeremy- make sure you see it in the theater while you have the chance! it’s really meant to be seen on a big screen. i’m going to try to convince jen to go see it with me again on imax.

    bryan- ow! my back!

  9. Marcelo’s avatar

    Hi Mike,

    Very cool page, sir! I love it.

    My thoughts exactly about Speed Racer.
    I have a theory on why this movie was not a big hit. I think the audience didn´t want to see a leve action version of the cartoon in the theaters..they wanted to see a “realistic” version of the cartoon in the theaters.

  10. mike’s avatar

    marcelo- awesome! glad you liked it too. i think that’s a very sound theory. i’m glad the wachowski bros. made it they way they did though. i think that’s part of the reason it is so fun.

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