These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Speed Racer
Americans Love Speed Racer: While not exactly obscure in Japan, Mach GoGoGo is mostly known there for being popular in America. In fact, even the Japanese dub of the live-action film kept the American title and names of the characters and the 1997 remake was mainly made with the intention of dubbing it overseas.
Creator's Pet: The producers grossly overestimated how much the bulk of the audience would like Spritle.
Critical Backlash: Critics hated it and it wasn't a very big hit, but those brave enough to sit down and watch the film regard it as one of the most fun movies to watch in a long time. The fact that it competed with Iron Man in theatres did not help.
Crowning Music of Awesome: Reboot, played during the final race in which Speed restarts his car from being burned out during the race and comes from dead last to first place. The song combines and recreates old pieces of the original Speed Racer soundtrack with a more modern and high-tech feel, with a bit of chorus in the background, culminating in the perfect musical accompaniment for Speed's main Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Misaimed Marketing / Trailers Always Lie: The advertising blundered just enough to make a difference. It appeared to be a purely badass action movie with eye-popping inventive visuals. It turned out to have a more childish tone, in keeping with the anime. The advertising also downplayed the presence of Spritle and played up the presence of Christina Ricci.
Needs More Love: Seriously. Yes, this is not the BEST movie ever made, but goddamn if it ain't fun as hell. And many people who criticized the implausibility of many of the things in this movie fail to realize that that was the point. As an adaptation of a source material, this movie completely blows half the "adaptations" Hollywood churns right out of the water.
The Scrappy: With the possible exception of the Casa Cristo fight scene (maybe there wasn't another way for them to get out of that mess), the movie would've been just fine without Spritle and the monkey.
Snake Oiler is one of the whiniest and most annoying villains to appear onscreen.
So Bad, It's Good: Possibly Invoked. Either way, be it design or accident, it's a damn awesome movie if you're in the right mindset.
Tear Jerker: The family watching Rex's fakeFace-Heel Turn and subsequent death. Even knowing what will probably happen as a result of knowing the cartoon, watching the family deal with this is downright heartbreaking.
Vindicated by History: Upon the film's release in 2008, it was both a critical and commercial bomb. However, as more and more people have discovered the film in bargain bins, many are now hailing it as one of the most faithful adaptations ever, extremely fun, and with groundbreaking visuals. Indeed, its anime-esque visual style is even beginning to appear again in films that would by released several years later, such as Scott Pilgrim, Sucker Punch, TRON: Legacy, and to an extent, Pacific Rim.
The film has also influenced a big-budget blockbuster franchise. It was after proving that bright, high-energy, almost cartoon-like action would work in live-action film that Genndy Tartakovsky was tapped to storyboard Iron Man 2 because his personal style is very much like that seen in Speed Racer.