Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Real Steel [2011]


In A Nutshell:
Set in the future, where robots have now replaced humans in boxing matches, former boxer Charlie Kenton (played by Hugh Jackman) is struggling to get his life in order. Needing cash, he reluctantly agrees to take care of his 11 year old son that he gave away, Max (played by Dakota Goyo). Max finds an old-tech sparring robot in a junkyard and eventually gets Charlie to train the robot into a winning boxer.
Thumbs Up:
+ Fun & exciting fight sequences
+ Heart warming scenes
+ Good chemistry and performances especially from Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo (despite him looking very much like Jake Lloyd. Haha... sorry but I still haven't forgiven Lloyd for ruining the entire Star Wars franchise. Well him and a few other reasons such as Hayden Christensen, Jar-Jar Binks, the awful romance dialogue in Attack Of The Clones, and the over-use of CGI at the expense of story line).
+ Olga Fonda who plays Farra Lemkova in the movie is my current flavour-of-the-week celebrity crush (yeah, I know, I sound pathetic :P )
Thumbs Down:
- from start to finish packed with movie clichés
- the opening scene where a robot battles a rodeo bull is kinda made in bad taste.
The Verdict Is In:
Despite being predictable and full of clichés, Real Steel is still a fun and enjoyable watch for both adults and kids alike. Although nowhere good enough to challenge that other movie about a boy-robot relationship, Brad Bird's outstanding 1999 flick The Iron Giant (more people really need to check this movie out because its awesome!), Real Steel still has more heart and character depth than all three of the Transformers movies put together.
Rating:
7.5 out of 10

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