I can count on my hand the number of adult (adult as in no cartoons, not the dirty ones for those of you with your mind in the gutter) movies we’ve seen in the last year. It’s a running joke that every year when we watch the Oscars, we say we’re going to watch all the films nominated for best picture. I think in our 7 years of marriage we’ve seen one and that was 2 years later.
Because we rarely watch movies, I was a little concerned when we sat down to watch Real Steel. After all, it’s a movie about…fighting robots. Yes, you read that correctly, fighting robots. I will admit this to only my readers. I googled fighting robots and learned that yes, there are leagues where people fight robots but they are not like the ones in this movie. The ones in this movie are 8 feet tall and weigh 2,000 lbs.
One reason that I agreed to proceed with watching this movie was because Hugh Jackman was the lead actor. I heart Hugh. It also stars Evangeline Lilly (from the TV show Lost) who I think is absolutely gorgeous (yes, women can say that about one another). This movie is about Charlie, a has-been boxer who scrapes by as a small-time robot-fight promoter, trying to make a comeback. In a series of events, he is united with his son, Max, that he left behind. The story is about their professional triumphs which lead to personal ones as well. I will tell you I HATED the first scene. I’m an animal lover through and through and watching it made me upset but I got over it. When you see the movie, you’ll understand why.
Now you’ll probably think I am a terrible parent but I let my daughter “watch” this movie with us. I learned that she can follow movies better than my husband and quickly paused the movie and waited until she went to sleep. If I hadn’t she would have caught both my husband and I tearing up at certain parts. See this movie isn’t just about fighting robots, it’s about a relationship between a father and son. Some of the lines were predictable but that doesn’t mean with good acting they aren’t moving.
Rated PG-13, this is a movie the entire family will like. Moms will like Hugh, dads will like Evangeline, the boys will like the robots and our daughters? Well, they may also like Hugh.
Real Steel is being released on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital and On-Demand January 24, 2011.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Real Steel for review purposes. The statements about Hugh and everything else in this post are completely my own. Your opinions may differ.