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Silly premise notwithstanding, this is a well-made Hollywood movie: Thrilling and exciting action with just enough characterization.
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It's more of a throwback to Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick, a rags-to-middle-class-respectability tale about the humble joy of old-fashioned decency.
It's as corny as Kansas, but the mix of old fashioned heart and new fangled animatronic cyber tech will make this picture a winner for fathers and sons.
All things considered, it is a well-wrought piece of entertainment, confidently paced, although its necessary subplots are little more than dutiful filler sandwiched between fight sequences.
Think of Real Steel as Robot Rocky with a heartfelt father/son overlay and you can't go wrong.
Its remote-controlled emotional responses leave little room for genuine uplift.
From the billboards you might think this is another Transformers movie-heaven help us-when in fact, Real Steel is a cross between Rocky and The Champ.
Real Steel has box office bomb written all over it and yet, miraculously, it is one of the finest family films I have seen in many a moon.
It was nice to be totally surprised by a big-budget movie.
Real Steel earns every single laugh, every single tear, and every single gasp from its audience.
With its tale of redemption, reconnection and triumphant underdogs interwoven with seamless effects boasting a palpable physicality, Real Steel does nothing new but does it well.
It's a film that captures the ethic of those Amblin movies, adding buckets of imagination, too.
Real Steel is real fun - get your bot in the ring!
Wow, all I can say is wow. I've been interested in this film since day one of hearing about it, because who doesn't love a movie about robots beating the crap out of each other? Hugh Jackman does an incredible job as the main character, and I actually think that this is his best performance, I liked him as Wolverine in the X-men movies, but this is his best role to me, also the other characters do great jobs, specifically the little boy. The funny thing about this movie is that the roles seem somewhat reversed in this film, where its the boy that acts a lot more like an adult than Hugh Jackman does, He does act like an adult, but the kid acts like someone that literally manages a boxer in real life, talking like an announcer or freaking out when he is losing. One of the things I think they pulled off very well in this film is the robot effects , the effects are just incredible in this film, you really feel the hits whenever the robots fight and are being pinned, and when one wins you feel really hyped and excited, and you really feel for the main robot, for having no dialogue, the character really pulls off a lot, much like Toothless in How to Train your Dragon, you can tell what this character feels just by looking at him. The other thing they pulled off very well in this film is the story, basically this film is the movie Rocky but with robots, but it is so much better than the film rocky, to the point where in one scene where they are analyzing boxer movements, they're watching Rocky 2 on the computer screen, and they even quote the Russian dude from Rocky 4 "whatever he sees he destroys" its literally word for word the same line, and even the evil girl is Russian. Also the music in this film is incredibly well pulled off, and is very exciting and adrenaline pumping to listen to during the fights, though it could've used some AC/DC. Overall this film is emotional, action packed, is well acted, has great effects, and has a great story, and is one of the best films I've seen all year.
My final Rating
4 1/2*s out of 5
A Hugh Jackman star vehicle, basically a Disney-fied Rocky done with robots. You'll see everything coming from a mile away, or at least you won't miss anything when you go to the fridge for Jello squares. The most interesting bit is how it's only implied that the robots might have an actual self awareness w/o ever actually going there.
It's a Rocky-with-Robots underdog story that's vivid. Real Steel's emphatic concept, stunning visuals make up for the somewhat-cheesy-inspirational aspect. The film is enough to go the distance and have audiences invested. 4/5
I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I thought it would be a decent, cute, family film but it was one that actually had a decent plot and a spine. Thinking it would be quite predictable, there were levels to the story that kept me wanting to know the story of the main characters and was really rooting for their success. Reminiscent of a modern take on "Rocky", this one was a lot better than I had predicted.
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