When it's over, I agree with most people, Real Steel is Rocky (1976) meets robots. Set in the near future, the sport of boxing has been replaced with robot boxing, which makes the film feel like a toned down Transformers flick - all the bang, but not the large scale destruction. I was pleased Real Steel managed to capture some of that Rocky spirit and follow through on a decent story. There was a bit of rags to riches, a bit of love story, and the idea that the underdog triumphs in the end all make for good entertainment. The cast included Huge Jackman as Charlie and Dakota Goyo as Charlie’s son, Max. Both Charlie and Max are joined together after the passing of Max’s mother with each character striving to attain something from the other – Charlie needed the money and Max needed a Dad. Their tug-of-war relationship teaches both of them about love, sacrifice, and responsibility. I would have liked to see Charlie’s character evolve gradually, rather than abruptly, as the script hurriedly tried to tie up loose ends, but that’s forgiveable, since the main focus really fell on the robot, Atom, whose retro no-frill appearance added flare to the film and garnered the affection of an audience.
My rating: 3.5 out of 5
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