Real Steel is directed by Shawn Levy, famous for the awful Date Night and fun Night at the Museum series, and follows Charlie (Cinema Won favorite Hugh Jackman) and his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) as they rebuild and retrain a robot boxer to take on the reigning robo-champ, with a little help from Charlie's friend Bailey (Evangeline Lilly).
Yes, they concept is cliched and a little silly sounding. And at first, the move does seem to lean that way, with much of the first half of the two hour movie going fairly slow, even with the very strong cast trying their hardest. Jackman and Goyo have good chemistry and they both have nice chemistry with Lilly. But perhaps most impressively is the chemistry of all the film's characters with the gorgeous CGI-robots, who never look fake or like they are out of place in the film's world. Plus, how cool is it that the child lead is not annoying at all!
|That. Looks. AWESOME.|
The emotion connections the audience will make with the characters is surprisingly well-done, as I had expected to film to falter majorly on this front. Jackman and Goyo's bonding as the film progresses seems genuine and is nearly as much fun to watch as the fights. And while yes, the film is pretty predictable and doesn't have any real changes to the formula, it proves that what has worked before will work again. By the time the credits are rolling, you will be having too much fun to notice the film's flaws.
|This totally works. I don't believe it either.|