Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Why the heck are these bucketheads reviewing a movie that’s been out for over two months? Well, besides us being a new blog that’s less than a week old and our bosses really wanted us to come up with some stuff to throw up the on the website….fine…I get it…we’re late to the party.
Still, why review a movie? Well, if your inner geek hasn’t jumped out and started clobbering you by now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Inside every Asian geek is a couple interesting things. First, there’s the obligatory mini-Gundam and all things robot. Somewhere in there is also Mazinger-X along with a host of other old school Japanese cartoons.
But most prominent among all things robotic is a little robot kid named Astroboy. Atomboy or just plain Atom to some, but to me, it’s the one super-hero from when I was 3 that will always stick with me.
My opinion? First, the rating, it’s PG for a reason as there’s some pretty dark and dare I say it, scary moments for 3 year old. Outside of that, the colors are all bright and child-like and considering it’s computer animated, it’s spot on pure Astro for this day and age.
Action is fast and just fantastic, but there’s a lull in the action in the middle that’s just Sundance and Butch Cassidy “Rain-drops-keep falling on my head” weird. Hollywood brings the typical voice acting talent ranging from Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, and fantastically evil (but in a cute Timon sort of way) Nathan Lane. Charlese Theron is in there somewhere, but her bit voice-over work makes me ask, why? Did they throw that much money at you? Or are you just doing this to show your kids something? Why?
I won’t tell you more than that it’s an origin story. I don’t remember what the original origin was as it was black and white when I first saw Astro, but I don’t care. Whatever good and evil premise they came up with wasn’t too over the top to spoil the nostalgic factor in me.
My kid came out of this 1 hour and 33minutes pushing one fist forward and pulled the other back in vintage Astro pose and went whoosh..pew pew pew all over the parking lot. So I’m not complaining.
Does it get the golden bucket award? I don’t think so. It’s not that kind of movie and if you’re expecting it to be Citzen Kane…dude, you got issues. It’s a decent popcorn, kid movie, with plenty of robots, and action to make the kid in you go “Cool!”, but there’s also enough of story there to make the adult in you shed a tear at the end. (I’m not saying I did and you don’t have any proof on me….*sniff*).
It’s a good quality fun fest and I think worthy to carry Astroboy into 2010 and beyond.