Movie Review: ‘Real Steel’

by on October 7, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Up until a few days ago, I had really not been that enthused about Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman.  That is, until I saw one movie review giving it an ‘A-.’  The ‘A-‘ totally took me by surprise.  And convinced me to go see Real Steel, and I have to say, I’m very glad I did.

'Real Steel' movie poster

I also previously questioned director Shawn Levy‘s ability to pull off this dramatic father-son story peppered with remote controlled robot boxing matches.  After seeing Real Steel I can say I have no reason to ever doubt Levy’s ability to pull off this or anything else.

This Was a Pure Pleasure of a Movie.

As the marketing of late has suggested, this is a movie about a father getting back into the life of the son he more or less ran out on when he was born.  And the process of their reuniting involves the sport of robot fighting.

The movie starts out teasing us with the sport of robot boxing and Charlie Kenton’s (Hugh Jackman) situation in life.  It ain’t good, and he’s a deadbeat dad who couldn’t handle the commitment of having a son.

Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo in 'Real Steel'

Then as things are getting murky… well, murkier in life, the woman who was the mother of his son dies and through a favorable set of circumstances, ends up spending the summer with his son, Max, played by Dakota Goyo.

And though Charlie and Max start off on the wrong, unruly foot, (Max is much like his dad), they suddenly find themselves with a common bond.  Max’s love of video games and robot fighting, and Charlie’s immersion into the sport.

And through a series of circumstances, they find Atom, the shadow sparring bot, whose technology is so old that it’s a joke to even consider putting him in the modern day ring.

But Max convinces Charlie to let him enter Atom in a low-level fight.

And it goes from there.

A Great Story & Journey

Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo in 'Real Steel'

I was surprised how much drama and action was packed into this movie.  Yes, the movie trailers are showing a lot of robot action, but the story is well done.

I’ve seen where some have related this movie to Transformers, but to be honest, I swear there were homages paid to the old game, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots! In one scene, I swear I saw a large version of the blue boxer.

And the portrayal of Max by Dakota Goyo pulled you righ into the believable, hard-nosed little punk with a soft spot for the sport, his robot and finally, his dad.

I would not be surprised if Goyo nabs some award somewhere for this role.  If he seems familiar, he played the young version of Thor in the movie of the same name, starring Chris Hemsworth.

Evangeline Lilly plays someone from Charlie’s past, a past love with the potential of something that can happen now.

Kevin Durand plays an old boxing foe of Charlie’s, named Ricky.  He doesn’t have a huge role, but Durand does have a bit of an important role and he does what he does best.  I’ll leave it at that.

The robot CGI work was a wonderful job and heck, you even started feeling for Atom through some of the fights.

Shawn Levy directing the movie, 'Real Steel'

Is Real Steel Worth Your Time or Money?

Movie Review Popcorn Score 10For me, it wasn’t even a second thought that I dropped bucks or time on Real Steel.  I had a great time in the movie theater and looked forward to writing up this movie review.  The movie experience elicited some great reactions from the movie audience also.

Real Steel is definitely a popcorn 10 of a feel good movie.

Movie Trailer

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce Simmons October 9, 2011 at 11:02 am

Yep! I took one for the team (my readers) and came out ahead on this one! LOL.

Wolfke79 October 9, 2011 at 10:53 am

I wasn’t that enthusiastic about this movie either, but after reading your review, I want to go watch it now 🙂

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