Greetings, my friend Brandon L. (a.k.a. “B. Bandicoot“) offered to contribute a review of one of his favorite films. I, of course, accepted his gracious offer and was pleasantly surprised with his choice. Reviews of my own are soon to follow as I am completing work on Horrible Bosses, Cowboys & Aliens, and Tree of Life so please stay tuned. But in the meantime, enjoy B. Bandicoot‘s thoughts on the classic animated feature: The Iron Giant.
The Iron Giant: The Transformer of the Late 50’s
Most of you remember watching and absolutely love the movies The Incredibles and Ratatouille from Disney/Pixar (both directed by Brad Bird), but have you seen Brad Bird’s first 2-D animated full feature movie entitled The Iron Giant from Warner Bros. Studio? If you haven’t…you’re missing out!
The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated film produced by Warner Bros. based on the novel “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes. Directed by Brad Bird, The Iron Giant features the voices of talented actors such as Jennifer Aniston (Annie Hughes, The Mother), Eli Marienthal (the main character Hogarth Hughes), Harry Connick Jr. (Dean McCoppin, Junk Yard Owner), Christopher McDonald (Kent Mansley, N.S.A Agent), John Mahoney (General Rogard, military leader in Washington D.C.), and, believe it or not, Vin Diesel (The Iron Giant).
-Congrats to the casting director Marci Liroff as none of the voice end up annoying or out of place! Bravo, Marci. (Coincidentally, Marci Liroff also did the casting for E.T., Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Footloose !)
The story revolves around a boy named Hogarth Hughes around the time of the Cold War. Hogarth, who lived off the coast of the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine. He befriends a large alien robot who crashlanded on earth and dines on the metal off of power plants. Through a series of events, the robot and Hogarth form a friendship and the movie focuses on the bond created. With the help of Dean (Harry Connick Jr.), they try to hide the giant robot and stop the U.S. military from finding the giant and destroying it.
In a “boy and his dog”, and almost childhood type, story such as this, there surprisingly remain quite a bit of adult themes like controversy over guns and death. Still the film has light-heart feel to it that both kids and adult will love to enjoy. The characters are lovable, the animation, while dated according to today’s standards, is amazing and active,the CGI on the Giant of Iron is great for 1999 and one can tell that the producers put a lot of time, money, and effort into this film.
Unfortunately, there is one problem I have with The Iron Giant: the forgettable musical score. Surprise to find out that Michael Kamen, who wrote the original music, also composed for X-Men, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard. But that is okay. The writing of the music may not meet up to expectations, but the writing of the story does–top notch without lazy short-cuts or bad dialogue. I can’t help but give this movie an A.
My score: 4.5/5
This film is worth having in your film collection so log off and go find it and Watch and Enjoy!!! Oh, and in case you didn’t know, here is an extra tidbit for you: Brad Bird is also directing Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and more. MI:GP releases this upcoming December in theaters!
….and in the words of our friendly neighborhood ScarletSp1der: “Thanks for Reading! Happy Watching!”
TheScarletSp1der’s Note: Dear Brad Bird…Please hurry and make The Incredibles 2!!!! Everybody wants it! Thank you! 🙂