I loved this movie growing up. I mean, what boy didn't want a gigantic robot to play with. For those who don't know, the film follow a boy who discover a "Iron Giant" (I know, shocker) and tries to keep it safe from a military officer that trying to find the robot. From there, the boy teaches the robot how to talk and that guns are bad, the military officer moves in with the boy and the boy meets a junkyard artist.
Now, just because I loved this movie when I was a kid, does that mean I love this movie just as much now. Well, yes and no. I enjoyed a lot of the movie, but there were a few big flaws. I really had three issues with the movie. My first issue was that the movie's man character, the boy, Hogarth (Hogarth?) is constantly walking the line between fine and brain-breakingly annoying. There are times were Hogarth is fine to watch and is very annoying. But there are other times were you just want to slap the kid. Like when he freaks out the first time he sees the Giant and is absolutely terrified of it, and then the next day the little moron goes looking for it. And guess what? When he finds the Giant, he is terrified of it. Now, why did he look of it if it scares him. The problem is that fine and annoying are the only two feeling I have about Hogarth. Never once did I think he was a great protagonist. The kid is bad, and neither is the voice-actor, but I never though he rose above the "tough kid" stereotype.
|I'd say they got the "Giant" part down pretty well, wouldn't you?|
Now, my last big problem is something that the writer's should have fixed when they first came up with the idea to make a giant robot movie. Something that if they didn't fix, it would become a major plothole for the entire movie. And did they fix it? Nope. You see, it kinda hard to say nobody other than this boy know the giant exists, when it's a freaking giant. I mean, we clearly see that half of his body is over the treeline. There are scenes where he walks across empty fields. How does nobody notice this? Him walking should just cause minor earthquakes and leave gigantic footprints. But nope, it all boils down to "People can't see him, until they need to see him".
So ya, the film does have it big problems, but does it hold up. Yes, it does, though, all thanks to the Giant himself. Without him, this movie would just be The. Literally. Overall, The Iron Giant gets a 5 out of 6.