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et in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the son he has lost. Unable to fulfill the grieving man's expectations, our hero embarks on a journey in search of acceptance, experiencing betrayal and a netherworld of robot gladiators, before he returns to save Metro City and reconcile with the father who had rejected him.
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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.
My 6 y.o son loved this movie. I was hesitant to show him the movie due to the comments about the way the child dies, but it didn't upset him very much. Dr. Tenma tried to open the door but was unable to do so. One of the comments made it seem like he allowed the boy to die, but that wasn't the case. My son understands death is a part of life so he was overall ok when it happened. I was put off by the way Dr. Tenma rejects Astroboy because he's not an exact replica of his son, but he realizes his mistake later on.
It's a good movie, and not too disturbing for young kids. My son is in an adventure stage with regard to movies, so it was a blast for him.
great family flick for all ages, well worth veiwing at least once