The Iron Giant Reviews
"Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about a giant metal machine that drops from the sky and frightens a small town in Maine in 1958, only to find a friend named, Hogarth, that ultimately finds its humanity and saving the towns people of their fears and prejudices.
I remember watching this as a kid and being in love with it. Its beautiful animation, its joyous laughs, the fun characters, and a big lovable giant. I feel like this was the "Big Hero 6" of the 1990's. What's not to like about this film? Not only is it a classic animation, but it's genuinely just an all around great film.
Brad Bird has delivered plenty of great films throughout his lifetime. However, what we have here MIGHT be one of my favorite films that he's ever created. I don't know if it is, but it's damn near close. One of my favorite things about this story is honestly the simplicity of it. A young boy befriends an Iron Giant from outer space, wondering how he'll fit into society and how other people will view him. It's a simple, fun, adventurous premise that knows what it is and executes. It's a fun story that I think everyone can enjoy, but it has some really nice themes inside that I think are really beneficial for younger generations.
I forgot just how funny this film was because I had some genuinely good laughs throughout. I was smiling for most the film and laughing throughout the rest. It's just fun and that's the best word I can use to describe it. One of my favorite feelings is to be able to watch a film from my childhood and still smile at just how much I love it. There was a lot of nostalgia in watching it and the fact that it also holds up really well is a pleasant aspect.
Purchasing the newly released blu-ray for the re-release of this film, I've got to say that it looks pretty damn good. The animation looks like how it was back then (an older cartoon), but the animation is really fluid, the environments are well developed, and the characters look great. The film looks great and I feel like with all of these different aspects combined, it'll help this film last throughout the years.
Talk about voice actors. I legitimately thought Eli Marienthal was phenomenal. He brought so much to his role and made his character so fun. His emotions and excitement made it seem like he was a real kid living out this scenario. Him, along with the rest of the talent all did great. They all bring so much fun and personality just with their voices and it makes the experience so much more fun.
In the end, "The Iron Giant" is a favorite and certainly a classic animation.
Predictable and dull. Quite conventional, linear story with an overused, unoriginal story line. Replace the robot with any other harmless creature that a kid might befriend but the authorities will be suspicious of and you have the plot for heaps of children's movies. Doesn't add anything new or profound and is only mildly entertaining.
Kids should like it though. Is essentially a made-for-kids movie and they won't be disappointed.
An absolutely unforgettable experience, The Iron Giant is sweet, poignant, and filled with gorgeous animation.
The film "The Iron Giant" fits into the animation genre in a different capacity. Nowadays, we are so used to the Disney/Pixar style of animation that is more vibrant and lively, where the style of animation that "The Iron Giant" employs is more of a classic animation. It reminds me of how movies like "Lady and the Tramp" and "The Rescuers" were animated. To me, I feel that the animation style used fits the tone of the movie, in that the movie isn't happy go lucky, so much as it is on the darker side with the subject matter that it explores.
I feel that "The Iron Giant" could have done better with some sound editing changes. It might have just been my TV, but it felt like the dialogue of the movie and the sound effects of the movie were on two completely different levels and I had to constantly adjust my volume. I also felt that Kent the detective staying at Hogarth's house kind of came out of nowhere. It felt bizarre to me that a single mom would all of a sudden let this random man spend so much time in her house with her only child.
I did appreciate the character evolution of the giant. It was great to see how he handled different situations. When Hogarth and the giant were playing in the metal yard, Hogarth points a toy gun at the giant and the giant reacts how he was programmed to, which is to destroy any threats. By the end of the movie, as the giant is flying in the sky trying to protect Hogarth from the army that is chasing them, one of the planes fires at the two of them and the giant's eyes start to narrow, as if to shoot his laser at the planes. Instead, the giant holds back, realizing that that isn't the way to handle the situation. I watched the film many times as a kid, and that was a piece that I had never noticed until now!
- Brilliant Voice Acting
- Terrific Script
- Mature Plot
- Great Animation
- Ambitious Themes
- Complex Relationships between the main characters
- Fantastic Directing
Overall Grade: A+ (10/10)