Real Steel – does it stand up to it’s name?

From Wikipedia: “Steel is an alloy that consists mostly of iron and has a carbon content between 0.2% and 2.1% by weight, depending on the grade.”

Would that mean that this movie implies that it’s really made of both iron and carbon? Is it that awesome?

To start off the story is kind of simple. The movie takes place in a not too distant future where robot boxers have taken over the boxing scene. They can’t reason or box on their own though, they need a human behind the “steering wheel” whether it’s through the conventional high tech joypad or through voice control.

Our main protagonist, that is played by Hugh Jackman, is  Charlie Kenton. He lives alone in his trashy van and drives cross country to partake in robot boxing with his trusted Ambush. It turns out he’s a jackass (no pun intended) and does anything to make money, bascially through making rash decisions and overestimating his capabilities, which leads to the destruction of his bots over and over again, and you should note that they’re not exactly cheap to begin with.

 The making of the movie Real Steel

Soon he recieves news that his son has to be assigned a caretaker, and he’s next in line since he had a thing with the childs mother and bailed out when the pressure got to big (which resulted in the brat that later would stand in front of him in court, which Charlie arrives to late by the way). This brat is streetsmart and has a lot of attitude, not to mention a big heart as well, and well, Jackman, being a Jackass (pun intended) decides to sell him off to the kids aunt (well, it’s in secret, he makes a deal with her rich and considerably older hubby). His brat Max (yeah, that’s his generic name) finds out and want his half of the money. Of course Charlie refuses but the kid reluctantly decides to stick with his old man since he, after all, has nowhere else to go (even though he offers to live on the streets with his cash).

Anyhow, the two of them embark on a trip together, that’s to last throughout the summer, after which the kid will be the property of his aunt. Why not caring for him immediately? Well, the aunts hubby wants some quality time with her over the summer. Sure, his intentions are not described as clearly as I wrote them, but come on, it’s pretty obvious when you watch that scene. And also there are some lies told about him wanting to give Charlie the chance to bond with Max. What a great man.

Alright, the plot itself, at least the part that concerns the robot boxing, was enough to make me want to see it at the movies.  Come on, it’s a young boys greatest fantasy to see boxing robots. I’m no young kid anymore, but as everyone knows boys will be boys. The robo-boxing was pretty awesome.

The rest of the plot was pretty much a standard Hollywood set-up with a few tweaks here and there, but as that was more or less expected I was able to enjoy the whole movie.

Well, except when they got in trouble with the “homeboy!” (if you watch the movie you’ll get it) where he simply could’ve unleashed his robot on him in self-defence. Or at least his son could’ve. That part is in my opinion illogically written but I understand that it was needed to make up for some father-son bonding time. After all the pace was good and the plot kept you hooked overall.

The visuals (the CGI to be more precise) were also very well done, they were a delight to watch. These days they can make just about anything look real.

In conclusion I’d like to say that even though the plot is Hollywood-ish the acting was great and the visuals, filming and entertainment values were high. So even though the plot itself seems to be of a lower quality steel, the movie overall can be said to be made of Real Steel.


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