I loved the commercials for Speed Racer, and I didn't care what anyone said about it. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing this movie! So it's kind of a shame that I didn't like it.
To be fair, the crazy multicolor CGI racing sequences were exactly as enjoyable as I expected. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Speed is walking to his car before the final race, because apparently in this world racers just pose on top of their cars growling like panthers. Sure, why not? If I had hair like that, I'd probably do that too.
Unfortunately, the movie isn't composed entirely of crazy CGI racing with every color onscreen at one time. There are also a number of extremely boring dialogue scenes that bored me stiff. Less of the talky-talky, more of the WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING, please. Also, I hated the kid and the monkey.
Now, our theater was full of people who loved the kid and the monkey. So I'd have to say that if the movie had been solely marketed to the four-to-seven-year-old market, it would be doing great right now. Because these kids loved those scenes. Every time Spridle would yell something that made me roll my eyes, it would be followed by gales of laughter and tiny little voices repeating the line. I may think the character was awful, but it worked on them.