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Wolvie Plays Rock’em Sock’em Robots!

October 14, 2011

Yes, Rock’em Sock’em Robots are cool again!! 🙂

In the future, where watching actual athletes in a boxing ring becomes too mundane and humane, people began to cheer for champions of a robotic nature. Enter Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman). Hustler, loner, self-centered, egotistical, overconfident, washed-up boxer that now competes in robot boxing for a living. Unfortunately, he wins about as many battles in real life as he does in the robotic ring. That is, until, he inconveniently and unexpectedly ends up being paired with a son, Max (Dakoto Goyo) he didn’t want and didn’t even know he had. Together, through a string of events, they uncover a junked-out robot and reluctantly, at first, work together to see some much-needed victory in both of their lives…in, and out, of the ring and show to themselves above all others that they are truly made out of Real Steel!

Well, there you go! You know the plot! You’ve seen the story a thousand times! A fun family film that is different yet familiar. And that, unfortunately is one of the downfalls of this film. It tells an all too familiar story with completely recognizable clichés. This actually, aside from the visuals of the robots themselves, is what makes the film a bit of a bore during the first two acts.

Don’t get me wrong. The film has its exciting parts, and the actors do an excellent job with their performances. Hugh Jackman plays the part impeccably, Dakota Goya is highly believable as what I would expect a son of Hugh Jackman to be like, and Evangeline Lilly, a bit miscast possibly, but adequate in her performance. The problem with the film is that it continues to thrust the “kid is smarter than the adult” persona down our throats and it’s an annoying pill to have to swallow over and over again in movies.

If you can look past that, the film still drags on in story, tantalizing with a few emotionally attaching parts, laughs, and excitement as the two familial fighters work to bring their discovered promising boxing robot, Atom, to the big league with a shot at the title.

Those that leave the theater during the first two acts, however, miss out on the action-packed, yet predictable, third and final act! In a Rocky-esque way, Charlie, Max, and Atom make their way to the final bout and it packs a whallop of emotion, excitement, action, and hope! In the end, the title attributes to the competition and also what the main characters had to be made of in order to persevere. It is the third and final act that redeems the movie and ultimately makes it an enjoyable watch.

I have mixed feelings about this film, and while it is unoriginal in premise, I can appreciate the AMAZING special effects, and the ingenuity of the cast and crew. (i.e., using the actual moves of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, using actual built robots in addition to CGI for the film, etc). Go see it with low expectations and it will increase your enjoyment! Not a knockout, but worth a shot! Stay past the first two rounds and Real Steel might just make a believer out of you!

Take a look to see what the First Fans had to say, courtesy my friend Casey Messer with ReelzChannel

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for “Real Steel” 

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2011 1:32 pm

    I like your title for this review, T. Wolverine probably doesn’t like to be called Wolvie though, be careful he might get those claws out 🙂

    Well, even if the reviews had been stellar I’m still not interested in seeing this. I’m not a huge fan of Hugh, which is weird as he’s very charming and hunky, but he just doesn’t do it for me. Neither is the plot of this film, sorry.

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    • October 15, 2011 12:33 am

      haha. I couldn’t find the right title that fit until my fingers worked that one up! hahahahaha. Thanks. I’m keepin a lookout for Wolverine, but my Spider Sense will keep me safe! 🙂

      Didn’t realize you weren’t a Hugh Jackman fan. That does strike me as odd, especially since I see him as an actor that has several similarities to another actor whom you so endear!

      but in my opinion (you’re not missing too much in this film)!

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      • October 17, 2011 4:17 pm

        Ahah yeah, I’m still puzzled as to why that is… I mean, Hugh is tall, dark and handsome after all. Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy, he just doesn’t make my heart go pit-a-pat like Gerry Butler does, ahah.

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      • October 17, 2011 5:04 pm

        haha. it’s okay! 🙂

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  2. October 14, 2011 2:15 pm

    Hmm… I’m still interested by Real Steel – partly because Shaun Levy was at the Big Screen event I went to and he was so energetic and was so enthusiastic about the film – but I’m not expecting a great deal.

    Great write up, T!

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    • October 15, 2011 12:30 am

      You got to see Shaun Levy? Oh man that is pretty awesome!

      It seems like you have the prep work necessary to enjoy Real Steel…”not expecting a great deal.” =perfect!

      thanks for reading! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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  3. October 14, 2011 9:18 pm

    Real Steel is a blast, an unabashed crowd-pleaser that mixes Rocky, Transformers, video games and father-son bonding to great, if corny, effect. Still didn’t need to be 127 minutes though. Nice review.

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    • October 15, 2011 12:29 am

      It was long, wasn’t it?! whew! haha.

      Yes, it is enjoyable. I just wish I could’ve enjoyed it for more reasons! Thanks for reading my thoughts!

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  4. October 16, 2011 11:26 am

    When were Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots NOT cool?

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    • October 17, 2011 11:07 am

      Good point!

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  5. October 17, 2011 2:47 am

    I went to see this at the weekend, and I am gonna pen up a review this morning. I liked it a little more than you but I tried my hardest to hate it.

    🙂

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    • October 17, 2011 11:07 am

      Haha. You tried to hate it! That made me laugh! I will be sure to check out your review. Glad you could enjoy it.

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  6. October 17, 2011 7:18 am

    I might catch this sometime tomorrow during $6 dollar movie day. The trailers felt incredibly campy, but some part of me still wants to see it.

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    • October 17, 2011 11:05 am

      Will look for your review. How was NY?

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