When I first started tweeting about Real Steel on-line, I had people tweeting me about how excited they were about the movie coming out. One of the tweets was “I love Rock ’Em Sock ‘Em Robots” and when I first read that I was worried that they weren’t excited about the movie because I didn’t think it was the same at all, but now I see the similarity and I still feel that saying that about the movie Real Steel is such an understatement. Real Steel is so much more than a movie about boxing robots in the ring. It’s a movie about a family, full of heart, well they have more than their share of problems but they get the heart.
Real Steel starts off at a rodeo where Charlie (Hugh Jackman’s) robot gets to fight a bull and he’s hustled by the rodeo owner. Charlie made a deal with him and he lost big time, but he ran off before paying off his debt. Charlie was told that he had to sign over his rights to his son, which Charlie was fine with because he didn’t want his boy. Normally when a parent is detestable to their children, I hate them right away, I couldn’t dislike Hugh Jackman’s character. There was just something about Charlie that was redeeming from the beginning or it’s just because I’m such a Hugh Jackman fan that no matter how hard he was on his son, I still liked him.
Max (Dakota Goyo) stole the show, this child is an excellent actor. His facial expressions are AMAZING. There is one scene in the movie where he didn’t get his way with his dad, and he gave him this quick angry look and all I could think of was my own son when he’s angry. I thought that’s the perfect reaction for a boy to have with his father. The chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo was spot on for an estranged father and a son that secretly wants his father to love him. It’s amazing how forgiving children are and want their parents love no matter what.
Real Steel is amazing and women should go see it because it’s not a man’s movie. The movie really spoke to my heart, it wasn’t just an action movie. I was on the edge of my seat because I felt for Atom (the robot), Max and Charlie. I wanted them all to make it to the end together. The movie does have some fowl language and there is one scene that is hard to watch that might be hard for your children to watch. I don’t feel though that I can make an age recommendation, because I know my son Miles age 3 would LOVE the movie, I wouldn’t let him watch it because of the language and I would want to fast forward through that one scene. So parents need to decide for themselves, my recommendation is to watch the movie yourself before taking children under the age of 8 or 9.
Did I like Real Steel? YES YES YES! I was ready to watch the movie again as soon as it was over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out. I laughed out loud, I jumped out of my seat, I sat on the edge of my seat in anticipation, and I shed a tear.
My travel and all expenses were paid to visit LA to watch Real Steel and attend a press junket with DreamWorks.