Astro Boy [Blu-ray]
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great family flick for all ages, well worth veiwing at least once
Astroboy is a character that dates back to the 1950's when it was created by Osamu Tezuka. Astro is really well known in Japan and there were several of the cartoon series came here to the United States.
The movie follows the story pretty well but at the same time adds a few new things here and there to not just be a copy and paste kind of story.
There are some spoilers ahead:.......
In the manga (or comic) and now Movie is a boy named Toby who dies in an accident and his father Dr. Tenma builds a robot to be just like Toby. The scene may scare some children that are really young but personally they did it tastefully and there are no gory scenes or anything. (For the parents you see a bright flash and his hat is lying on the ground). Alot of parents were upset by this however many movies made by Disney and so forth have had characters die in their movies constantly but people still praise them.
I suppose since it is a young boy they feel that it should not occur but the producers of the film wanted to keep the orgin of Astro as close as possible.
The movie was pretty well done. There's some drama in along with action and that was pretty good. It helped lead into the action sequences instead of being non-stop action or drama. I liked this film since it was something everyone could enjoy. I went with my mom, dad, and 7 year old niece. She really enjoyed it and the whole family wants it on DVD and blu-ray. I do not remember any bad language as well.Read more ›
-Great at delivering movie expectations and graphics
-The characters all fit into the story well.
-Its colorful with a lot of action
-Kids will like this movie!
Honestly, I was mainly fascinated by the way the main characters hair triangle kept changing sides. ;)
Good movie. Watch it and enjoy.
The origin story for the character is actually the same. Robotics inventor father, grieving after the death of his son creates a boy robot in his likeness. Boy robot becomes a fighting robot designed to defend mankind from evil. Not exactly heady storytelling, but it works.
There is some obvious political leanings in this movie, but it isn't up front and in your face with it with it. It's used more as a storytelling element. The main crux of it all is a robot fighting bigger robots.
The fight scenes were really fun for the kids who I had put the movie on for. But other than that, the movie fell a little flat for them. Anything involving plot or too much talking, and they would get restless.
But in spite of that they did enjoy the film. I myself thought it was alright myself, but I'm in no hurry to watch it again. It's just a perfectly acceptable reboot of the franchise.
Certainly, if you have kids, then this deserves a chance to come up on movie time rotation. It's worth watching, even if it isn't the best overall.
-Animation is good
-Voice acting is mainly good
-Cookie cutter plot (unfortunately, it is all too common nowadays)
-The Beginning almost made me turn it off, it was that ridiculous (I know, it is anime and fantasy, but really "I am a genius boy who can infiltrated top secret government test and killed by a government secret destroying robot...really?)
-Nicholas Cage's voice acting (it is not convincing and distracts from the movie)
I was thinking that something with such a rich history couldn't be too bad. I was wrong. A day or two after I watched this movie I looked up the original storyline...not surprisingly, the movies origin was completely different from the this re-boot (it sounded a lot better and more believable). Absolutely predictable and the fight scenes were nothing special. It was so poorly executed that I all the emotional ups and downs didn't move me at all. Pass it up unless you are the kind of fan that would like it no matter what.
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