This is definitely one of the better movies I’ve seen in the past few years. Racing Dreams is a documentary centered around these young go kart racers competing in a national championship and I guess these kids have their own struggles with family, finances, and figuring out what they want to do in life. I had these struggles too, but somehow they were a lot less charming and endearing in my late twenties then they are for these kids in the movie. I think my tastes in movies have changed a lot from ten years ago. In Philly I’d go watch the latest blockbuster every weekend with my friends and now I see only a handful every year. I think I’ve become somewhat of a movie snob too, dissing movies for being formulaic or conventional. Anyway, I’d recommend this movie, even if the thought of preteens going around in circles on a track doesn’t appeal to you. I give it two thumbs up! Four stars! Ten balloons! Forty nine elephants! Three hundred seventy grams of orange juice! Bah, these scales are all arbitrary anyway.
AnonymousMarch 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Watching ourselves change is intriguing. The ideal is that maturity would come with age; though it doesn’t necessarily happen. One aspect of growing is being reconciled within ourselves and to the external surroundings. It is also a process of elimination. Dreams, prospects, possibilities, options are funneled down to the choices we make. Suppose that is a part of the “growing pains”. A random thought: What is the essential difference between dreamers vs realists? After all, dreams are fulfilled in reality. Maybe one category desires to beat the odds while the other revere the odds.
theoMarch 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm
The extras on the DVD showcase the kids a couple years later. It’s pretty amazing how quickly these kids grow in such a short timespan and I’d definitely like to know what happens to them in the future.
That’s a good question and I’m not sure I can answer it. I too thought it might have to do with odds but couldn’t a fiancée dream of her husband that she’s about to marry that could have a high probability of happening? Maybe it has to do with a passion for the seen versus unseen. After all, dreamers dream, and dreams, the future, what may or may not be, are all invisible.
Somehow that question reminds me of this quote describing Jesus that I heard Ravi Zacharias reference:
“He was a dreamer of dreams and a seer of visions, yet for sheer stark realism, he has all of us self-styled realists soundly beaten…”
You’d have to Google it for the full quote.
R2April 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm
K1 speed racing is great fun! S. Cal has several sites. Those kids must have their own customized Go Karts. Being light is an advantage, but being small doesn’t necessarily help; when one has to almost lay down to reach the gas/break paddles. Picture “Short Round” from Indiana Jones driving a Bob Sled! Personal Best Lap 27.232 @ first try. Not too shabby. It is said a typical first best Lap is around 39.
theoApril 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm
I think I’ve been there before for a bachelor’s party (one in OC)! You are quite correct, it’s a blast! I thought I was doing really well until I spun out in a tight turn and had to have someone put me straight again. I felt like a kid again, and having to wait for an adult to fix my go kart made me feel even more like a kid again (in a more belittling sort of way).