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Steamboy Reviews

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September 25, 2016
i had been waiting on this movie since i had become a fan of anime, since i had seen Akira... the creators took years to get this one done. It is fucking beautiful. Sadly some of the pacing and lack of explanations bring it down a bit. I mean, the whole story is a superhero origin story. WHY.
April 13, 2016
I really liked the artwork that it used and the story was decent
March 7, 2016
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January 17, 2016
Katsuhiro Otomo's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed AKIRA is a disappointing long-drawn noisy blow-'em-up. And an annoyingly whiny supporting girl character just adds on to the irritable racket.
January 15, 2016
Ok. We got good talent behind this. Some cool steampunk visuals and an all star cast, but even that cannot escape two very big things: poor writing and this is a 2 hr movie that should at most be 90. Characters talk to themselves and have repetitive speeches about the good and evil sides of science. While it was interesting for the first 20 minutes or so, after that it just became a drab after the third monologue about scientific morality. Basically two guys invent a ball that more or less contains infinite power and they use three of these to wreak London. Also there is this bratty girl in the movie who abuses animals and even the director forgets about them entirely; and yet were supposed to sympathize with her by the end even though she does nothing but complain.
Cool visuals, but even they get old fast with such a weak story.
October 12, 2015
Otomo's other film, is Steamboy, a steampunk lover's wet dream. It tells the story of three generations of the Steam family, the youngest is a brilliant idealist, the father is a Darth Vader like megalomaniac, and the grandfather is the one who loves science but hates to see it used for war. The result is an incredibly ambitious and visionary piece of work, even though its not completely perfect. The movie shines with incredible action set pieces, like the train chase, the flying duel, and the fight inside the Steam Tower, but the movie is very preachy and more visually dazzling than cerebral. It took years of hard labour to make it happen, but Steamboy is a visual treat if it doesn't accomplish much of anything else.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
Steamboy is wonderfully animated, a highly imaginative production. While it is true that the feature is a bit thin on plot and characters, this is an action film and the action does not disappoint.
August 25, 2015
The movie never transcended its elaborate production work to achieve an independent reality. It's simply pictures of what never happened.
May 28, 2015
Awesome animation. Some of the best blending of CG and hand drawn I've seen. However, the story is god awful.
½ August 10, 2014
Great visuals and not-too-bad voice cast, and its slow pace is something I can deal with.
August 7, 2014
The story of "Steamboy" isn't as deep or moving as it thinks it is but when it comes to the visuals, this animated steampunk adventure is creative and exciting for the most part. The story is set in 19th Century Europe, where steam-powered technology is everywhere. Our main character Ray Steam (voiced by Anna Paquin), is a young inventor following in his father's footsteps when he receives a strange object. It appears to be a container no larger than a bowling ball that holds near infinite pressurized steam. It quickly becomes obvious that this device is highly sought after from everyone that has any stakes in steam technology. Instructed by his grandfather to guard it, Ray has to figure out who he can trust and confront his father, who is hell-bent on using the technology for military purposes.

If you're a fan of the steampunk genre, the visuals are going to be absolute heaven for you. There is no shortage of crazy machinery, gadgets, weaponry and vehicles that are sort of analogous to our electricity-based technology today but they're all designed in a way that makes them totally unique. There are long scenes where we get to see the characters moving through enormous machines, examining the different mechanisms, valves and pipes that feed steam to the pistons and turn the gears. No two devices are the same and with the second half of the film being almost entirely set inside a giant, steam-powered behemoth of a vehicle, there's a nice variety of locations too. With the animation department at work pulling in all the stops, it's really dazzling to see and there is never a single frame that isn't beautiful. The character models are crisp, the computer imagery is well blended with the hand-drawn stuff and if any shortcuts were taken, you'll be hard-pressed to spot them. On the visuals alone, it's worth checking out.

A big problem with the film is that there's just too much. This film feels like a miniseries that's been condensed into a film, with a prequel and a sequel already pre-planned (check out the ending credits to see what I mean) and no idea left on the drawing-room floor. The film is over two hours long, and that's the English dub, which has been cut by 15 minutes! It gets to a point where the action starts to become boring because the final sequence, the one where Ray gets his "jetpack" together and confronts the big threat of the film last for over thirty minutes. The sense of urgency just disappears when you're asked to be on the edge of your seat for that long. Eventually, you just want it to get to the point. The film also focuses on too many characters, some of which seem unnecessary. Ray is actually quite a bland hero, not nearly as interesting as his grandfather (voiced by Patrick Stewart). It felt like the movie had Ray involved solely because the studio in charge didn't feel like an idealistic old man who was hell-bent on preventing technology that was close to him from being used for military purposed was a bankable idea. As for Ray, he spends most of the movie following the orders of the grown-ups around him and doesn't really have a strong opinion on anything until he hears someone else tell him what he should be thinking. His grandfather Lloyd though, now this guy is great. The inclusion of Scarlet O'Hara (yes the character from "Gone with the Wind", seen here as a 14-year-old spoiled rich brat) is a big head-scratcher too. Her character contributes very little to the story and could have been cut entirely. It would have remove some weird crossover ideas too. Maybe in Japan they just thought the name was cool and put her in the film, but someone at the English dub department should have changed the name at the very least.

Overall, the movie is a disappointment coming from Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of the truly remarkable "Akira". It's not that the movie is bad, but it's not that amazing steampunk movie all of those cosplayers and inventors have been waiting for. It's pretty impressive visually, and entertaining overall, but just slightly above average when it comes to the overall movie. "Steamboy" misses a lot of potential, but it's entertaining enough to rent. (English Dub on Dvd, June 29, 2013)
July 21, 2014
Great animation but weak pacing. The moral ambiguity of the characters is awkward in a bad way.
½ April 14, 2014
Viewers will be compelled at first by the fantastic animation and artwork, but Steamboy lacks any steam - it strives for a compelling story but ultimately feels bland, and the characters feel wooden and forced.
½ March 28, 2014
Has no one seen the original Star Wars trilogy? I'm surprised the Millennium Falcon wasn't floating in the Thames waiting for Ray when he was jettisoned from the steam castle.
December 30, 2013
Like Anime and Steampunk? pop on your goggles and lace up your corsets!
December 29, 2013
best animation I have seen in some time... a very interesting story
December 19, 2013
Crazy animations but the story is weak as fuck.
December 1, 2013
Hum I could of sworn I had already reviewed this. It's a great anime
½ October 9, 2013
Uma invenção magnífica se torna objeto de disputa entre uma coorporação e o governo britânico. Um garoto genial está no meio da disputa e precisa escolher um dos lados. Ambos os lados tem discursos interessantes sobre a função da ciência na sociedade. O filme tem excelentes cenas de ação monstruosas de grande, tal como Akira, mas não chega perto da obra prima.
August 6, 2013
One of the best Anime films ever!
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