Monday, October 10, 2011

Full Review: Real Steel

Grade: A

In the near future robot boxing is the biggest sport in the world. Charlie, a former boxer, is a down on his luck robot boxing promoter who discovers that he has a son, Max. He makes a deal with Max’s aunt and uncle, who feel it would be best if they took custody, to take the 11 year old boy on the road with him as he makes one last desperate attempt to make some money in the cutthroat world of robot boxing. The two find an old sparring bot in a dump and fix it up so they can start teaching it to box. As the bot wins bout after bout, father and son form a strong bond.

Real Steel is based on the classic game “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” and because of that most people seem to hate this movie sight unseen. I thought it looked fun and I ended up enjoying it way more than I thought I would. Real Steel is a fun, futuristic Rocky-like movie. The characters are surprisingly well written and the robot fights are tons of fun to watch. In fact, as the movie went on, I found myself getting more and more involved in the story and with the characters so much so that by the climactic fight, I was on the edge of my seat dying to just jump up and cheer for Charlie, Max and Atom, their robot. This movie is entertainment for entertainments sake and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Hugh Jackman (X-Men, The Prestige) plays the lead role of Charlie Kenton, a former boxer in financial trouble. Jackman was great in this movie, he was funny and tough and pretty emotional when he needed to be. He did a great job with this role and made Real Steel as much fun to watch as it is. Newcomer Dakota Goyo plays the role of Max, Charlie’s estranged 11 year old son. Goyo was great in this movie and did a great job acting alongside Jackman. Evangeline Lilly (The Hurt Locker, TVs Lost) plays the role of Bailey, a friend of Charlie’s and owner of Tallet’s Gym. She was great and very enjoyable in this movie. It was nice to see her in a bigger role in a movie. The movie also features Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand, Hope Davis, Karl Yune, Olga Fonda and more.

Real Steel is a surprisingly fun and entertaining movie. I personally felt that it was very effective and got me to be completely involved in the story. Just because this movie won’t win or be nominated for any Oscars doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching. This is a movie that almost anybody could enjoy. In fact, if you like movie’s like Rocky, check this one out.

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