Quickie post to recommend a film for some popcorn-tastic family entertainment. (This one’s rated PG-13). As usual, I hadn’t read much about the movie before I caught it at the cinema, the other day. But I wasn’t too disappointed with the coinage/time invested. Bit of harmless escapism for a few hours.
As mentioned, it is a family flick and therefore non too taxing for the brain. No complicated plot twists and pretty predictable; but fun none-the-less. (Who doesn’t like an opportunity to cheer for the underdog)?
Jackman plays Charlie Kenton; ex-boxer turned promoter; in a future where robots do the fighting (usually to the death). Tho’ I guess death is a tad strong. Owners/promoters patch-up what’s left, build a new ‘bot and have at it again. (They’re only machines after all and there’s big money to be made).
The fact we see robots slugging it out, is obviously what warrants the PG-13 certificate. But given that kids have been desensitized to violence since the introduction of video games…coupled with the fact that humanoid robots are still pretty much fictional characters…I don’t think it’s too violent to still be ranked as family entertainment. The movie’s really about relationships and life’s ups’n’downs. So that makes it educational as well as fun.
The story basically shadows compulsive gambler Charlie and his hair-brained get-rich schemes, with one dodgey robot after another. (He’s an expert at running before he can walk, betting it all and obviously failing spectacularly at every step of the way). Charlie needs a lesson in keeping his feet firmly planted and who better to teach him than the 11 year old son he never really knew.
Max (played by Dakota Goyo) is off to a shaky start with his reluctant father Charlie. When Max’s mother dies, first thing Charlie does at a custody hearing with Max’s aunt, is take her wealthy husband aside and make a deal to sell him the kid. (He’ll even take Max for the summer, whilst Aunt’n’Uncle vacation in Italy as planned. On the pre-text of a little father/son bonding time). Sleazey right?
I’m not really giving much away here, since the flick is for the kiddies anyway. Let’s just say that Max has a chance to melt Charlie’s cold cold heart and help him see the error of his life choices thus far. Adopting another robot fighter for them both to promote gives them a chance to try and pay off Charlie’s mounting debts and a common ambition to bond over.
Disney obviously do a great job of humanizing the little sparring bot they pick and given he can take a beating, it kinda reminds you of a metal Rocky. As I said: nothing too complicated; mostly predictable; but fun none-the-less. Go check it out.