Real Steel Review
by, 13th October 2011 at 03:25 PM (173 Views)
Real Steel may sound like a no-brain-function film but it is not that close to it. Sure, it deals with real-life Rock'em Sock'em Robots, but it's the human side of the story that takes the cake. Even though the scenes some times looked so corny and cheesey that they seem to be served at the snack counter, but they do have a heart, something that some CG powered big box-office smashers seemd to miss (Transformers 3, anyone?).
The interaction between the ex-boxer deadbeat dad and the wise-cracking smarter than usual kid is very emotional, whether you're sad about it, angry, or happy, you can't but get moved by the dynamics of these two characters.
The acting is solid too. It's not The King's Speech, but it is convincing. For me, Jackman was allways a fine actor (even when butchering my favorite character Wolverine), and continue to be an idol of mine. The kid, Dekota, is quite the actor, a rare case since the child-actors of the 1990s. And while Avangelin Lilly was a very known actress and highly awarded (though I do not know much about her, as I never watched Lost) she doesn't have enough screentime to show all she has (or maybe she did?!)
And now I'll address the Elephant in the room: the effects, specifaclly the main robot AKA Atom. The lighting were good and the text is done well, but the charactor disgin is what makes him complete; it does so because it makes Atom looks human. All those films that are loaded with effects that have robots in them (that is, a main protagonist robot) don't come near to that little robot that looks like he'll talk any moment. And while the other robots are supposed to look inhuman, the look inhuman in a way that make you want to hate them for what they are, not for the fact that they're the bad guy. I'll explain that phrase: if someone needs me to dislike a character, they have to convince me, not tell "he's the villain, now hate him", and both the human and robotic antagonists did that to me.
All in all, the film is good and solid. It's not Oscar material, but I think it should win next year's Scream Awards (that is if it's not nominated this year). With great characters, story, and effects, this film is one of my favorites this year.
8.5 out of 10
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