Real Steel (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | October 17, 2011 | 6 Comments

4.1 Stars

Real Steel is about Charlie Kenton, a retired boxer who now trains robots to box.  Charlie abandoned his son Max when he was born, but now that Charlie’s wife is dead it’s his responsibility to either sign over custody papers to the boys aunt and uncle or to care for the boy himself.  In the end Charlie decides to take Max for the summer, because Max’s uncle gives Charlie $50,000.  Charlie buys a Japanese robot, but he loses in one of the robot boxing matches and the robot breaks down.  In a junkyard Charlie and Max find an old and unused robot named Atom.  Atom is more than he seems and Charlie and Max become winners.  But will Charlie, Max and Atom be remembered forever as champions and will Charlie become a responsible father?With just the right amount of action and drama, Real Steal is an enjoyable blockbuster.  The cast is incredible. Hugh Jackman is great as the drunk and debt owing father Charlie Kenton and Dakota Goyo is believable as eleven year old Max.  The director Shawn Levy is known for recent comedies such as Night at the Museum and The Pink Panther However, this time Levy adds drama and subtracts most (not all) of the comedy.  The boxing scenes aren’t very intense because the robots are the ones boxing not the humans, so you never think that the humans will get hurt.  There is one scene though where Charlie and Max get beat up by some other men.  The CGI robots all have different personalities and they all box in different ways.  Real Steel is an entertaining film that is satisfying but not classic.

My favorite character is Charlie Kenton, because even though at the beginning of the film he is irresponsible, by the end of the film he is redeemed and he becomes a loving father.

My favorite scene is when Atom boxes for the first time at the zoo, because it showed that Charlie and Max had a chance at winning even though nobody thought they could.

Real Steel is rated PG-13 and I agree.

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Produced by: Shawn Levy,Susan Montford,Don Murphy and Robert Zemeckis

Written by: John Gatins


Hugh Jackman: Charlie Kenton
Dakota Goyo:Max Kenton
Evangeline Lilly: Bailey Tallet
Anthony Mackie: Finn
Kevin Durand: Ricky
Hope Davis: Aunt Debra
James Rebhorn: Marvin
Marco Ruggeri: Cliff
Karl Yune: Tak Mashido
Olga Fonda: Farra Lemkova
John Gatins: Kingpin
Sophie Levy: Big Sister
Tess Levy: Little Sister
Charlie Levy: Littlest Sister
Gregory Sims: Bill Panner


6 Responses to “Real Steel (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Joshua Relyea
    October 19th, 2011 @ 6:05 pm

    Great job! By the way the day after I saw Real Steel on the opening night with you guys the day after that I saw it again with my brother.

  2. flick
    October 19th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    Did it hold up? Have you seen anything else lately that is noteworthy? From flick

  3. Abid
    October 19th, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    I did not see the movie but the review is well written. It is very insight of content and staging. I may see it in the future.

  4. flick
    October 20th, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

    I highly recommend the film for high entertainment. Its not perfect but it’s definitely worth your money. From flick

  5. Ida Mae Raoof
    November 2nd, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    I had no interest in this movie but you have
    drawn me in with your review. Great job.

  6. flick
    November 6th, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    I think you would like the film because it combines action with a dramatic story. If you go you’ll be surprised. from flick

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