Ah, Real Steal. Based on all the advertising and promotions alone, I knew it was going to suck. But that didn’t stop me from paying my hard earned cash (actually, I used scene points) to go and see it. I knew I was in trouble when all the previews were for kids movies or for action movies that look absolutely terrible – and really, it gave me exactly what I expected from it.
Real Steel is set a few years into the future, when boxing has become obsolete and is replaced by robo boxing (yes, if you’re thinking rock em’ sock em’ robots, that is what the movie is based on!) the story follows an ex-boxer turned robo-boxer (Hugh Jackman) and his son, and really, the third character, their robot Atom. Based on the ridiculously spoiler-filled trailers, I could have told you everything that was going to happen in this movie, but really, anyone with a brain who has ever seen a movie could have guessed. I could quote so many lines going into this movie:
“You’ve got nothing left”
“As much as I like you, you’re a bad bet brother”
“This bot is one to watch” “ATOM!!!”
And the list goes on….
This really is trying to be a “feel-good” picture, but the overwhelming cheesiness takes away from that a bit. I will give some credit to the kid, Dakota Goyo, was actually pretty good. He really did the most that he could with the cheesy writing, and he’s from Toronto! I was impressed with his range – and he ended up growing on me throughout the movie.
The one thing that drove me nuts about this movie (but explains their advertising budget) is the out of control sponsorship!!! I hate movies that do this (I’m looking at you Casino Royale!!) the most obvious advertisers in this one were HP (everyone knows that if robot boxing DID take over, it would be Apple or Google pulling the strings – give it up HP), Coca Cola, and I suspect Cadillac (though they did a better job of hiding it). If I wanted to see advertisements, I’d watch TV!
In summary, see this movie if you want. Don’t, if you don’t want. Really, you’ll be no better or worse off either way. And if you have a 10-13 year old boy you’re looking to entertain, this is probably a good bet.
Who was surprised by anything in this movie? Dad is a bad father, cute kid joins along in his road trip, dad loves kid, everything works out. Great. Haven’t seen that happen a million times.
A few things I’m happy they avoided (but probably thought about doing):
1. There was a moment during the final fight that I thought Max’s guardians were going to change their minds and give Charlie custody. That would have been absolutely ridiculous and I’m happy they didn’t take it there.
2. At the end of the fight when Charlie brings Atom over, I literally covered my eyes because I thought for sure they were going to break out in a dance. I bet they did, then watched it and realized how stupid that would have been and edited it out. Good call.
3. They didn’t push it over the top and have Atom win the championship. Also good idea.
My final complaint about this movie is – what was up with the bull fight scenes? I definitely don’t agree with bull fighting in most situations – but did animal cruelty laws just go out the window in the future? Because I’m pretty sure it’s never going to be ok for a giant robot to fight an animal…
Anyone else love or hate or just tolerate this movie? I’d love to discuss more!