Hey, fellow baby boomers! Remember Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots?
Watching “Real Steel” will bring back fond memories.
This time the robots are real . . . and made out of steel. As in “real steel!”
The Mister, our younger son, and I saw “Real Steel” yesterday, and all of us loved it. The fight scenes will have you on the edge of your seat, as you just can’t help rooting for a little kid and his beloved, much-maligned robot.
That little boy is Max (Dakota Goyo), the 11-year-old, estranged son of Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman). Charlie is a former boxer who now battles using huge bots in the year 2020 (perfect vision!). But his arrogant style gets those bots reduced to pieces and leaves him owing money to everyone. Charlie’s new partner is Max, who he’s reluctantly watching over the summer.
Max discovers Atom, a sparring bot from 2014, at a junkyard when Atom’s arm saves Max from falling to a possible death (the rest of the robot is buried). The two of them “bond,” and Charlie helps Atom learn to battle . . . and, of course, discovers his true feelings for the son he never knew. Kleenex alert!
How can you not fall in love with “Real Steel”? Hugh Jackman. Adorable kid. Cutest robot ever. Evangeline Lilly for the guys.
And, especially, rock ’em sock ’em robots! Go see it!
Rating: Four and a half stars (out of five); one-half star deduction for (as usual) unnecessary bad language