By Marc Bernardin
Updated December 07, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST

Honest to Murgatroid, I’m not sure what to make of this:

On the one hand, the Wachowskis seem to have rebottled that Matrix lightning. Much like The Matrix looked like a comic-book come to life, Speed Racer really looks like the live-action version of a Japanese cartoon. The question remains, though: Is that a good thing? Not sure, but I can tell you this much–any movie with a kid and a monkey pointing at each other from the trunk of a car doesn’t bode well.

(Also, something about this reminds me of an Elvis movie. Especially that exchange where John Goodman, as Speed’s dad, says “You think you can drive a car and change the world?” and Emile Hirsch’s Speed fires back with “it’s the only thing I know how to do, and I gotta do something.” Just replace “drive a car” with “play a guitar,” add some girls with beehives, and this might as well be Speedway.)

What say you, PopWatchers? Is this a hit of candy-colored genius or the makings of a spectacular car-wreck?