Sound Off: Shawn Levy's New Film 'Real Steel' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
October 7, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Hitting theaters everywhere this weekend is Real Steel, produced by Steven Spielberg, directed by Night at the Museum's Shawn Levy. This family action-drama stars Hugh Jackman as a former boxer who, in the future, trains giant boxing robots that fight in matches at the World Robot Boxing league. He has a son named Max, played by Dakota Goyo, and the two go on an adventure that changes their lives forever. So how is it? An entertaining sports movie or merely heartless, as Jeremy says? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts on Shawn Levy's Real Steel!
To fuel the fire, I just saw Real Steel and damnit, I quite enjoyed it. It's a very fun movie, I understood what it was going for, I had a lot of fun watching it, the world it takes place in is great, it's just a solid movie all around. To me, it really just felt like an old school Amblin sports movie, I would even maybe say it's Karate Kid of 2011, meaning it's our futuristic, modern take on that kind of story, those themes, in this day and age. It has fun elements, wacky kids elements, character moments that feel a bit setup, but overall it's so damn entertaining, and it's such a unique departure for Shawn Levy, that I enjoyed it anyway. Hugh Jackman is solid in it, Dakota Goyo as the kid Max was actually really damn good, Evangeline Lilly was also impressive.
What did you think of Real Steel? An entertaining sports movie or heartless, contrived mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!