Surprisingly Awesome (4 out of 5)
After dinner tonight, I took my wife to see Real Steel. She picked the movie – because of Hugh Jackman, of course (yes, he takes his shirt off).
For the guys in the audience, you had basically a replay of Rocky starring the Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots … and Evangeline Lilly (no, she keeps her shirt on).
As the post title indicates, the movie was surprisingly enjoyable. Perhaps the best popcorn movie of the season. Hugh Jackman channels a little Sylvester Stallone as a down-and-out robot wrangler who gets stuck with the son-he-never-knew after an old girlfriend dies. Over the course of the film, he matures a bit and develops a relationship with the kid. Pretty typical formula, but executed brilliantly. Pretty silly premise (boxing robots) played straight and very effectively. Both the wife and I enjoyed it a lot.