Astro Boy: The Movie – A Review

astro boy movieI hadn’t heard of Astro Boy before this movie, but apparently it’s popular somewhere – was even a TV series.

Astro Boy the movie is a computer-animated movie about a robot kid. The movie has a dark tone similar to Wall-E, where humans abuse the environment and are complacent about their comfortable life style. Robots are self-aware but are predictably treated as inanimate objects. The movie’s about the kid robot acceptance AS a robot and his place in society.

My nine year old daughter enjoyed it, but she found some scenes a bit intense: intense action, characters in dire situations, and uncomfortable moments for characters.

Roger Ebert thought Astro Boy was better than Kung-Fu Panda, but I disagree: Kung Fu Panda was funny, exciting, and thoughtful. Astro Boy wasn’t funny and not too original. Astro Boy’s interaction with the other kids and his dilemma about being different (i.e. his robot-ness) was interesting and well done, but it was the only thing that engaged me. The action scenes were too over-whelming, like most action movies these days (although the scene in the stadium where Astro Boy has to combat other robots was cool).

Astro Boy fans may like this (I don’t know any) and kids will enjoy the robot-side of things, but adults may just find this ho-hum.

Movies I’ve Watched – 2008 (#1)

Waitress — A feel-good “dramedy” about a waitress with a talent for making pies who gets pregnant and falls for someone who isn’t her husband. It has a cute quirky quality that seems popular with shows like Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me, if you like that kind of thing. (Jan. 2/08)

Primer — Some computer geeks create what turns out to be — I’m only guessing here — a time machine. They start messing with the space-time continuum and things go awry. It’s a science fiction movie with no special effects that begins with promise but quickly becomes frustrating by burying the essential drama of the story in unnecessary techno-babble. (Jan. 1/08)

Porn Without Plot?!

porn is cheaper than datingTelevision I can do without. Movie sequels and remakes I can do without. But this is going to far: Writers’ Strike threatening Porn Industry.

“It’s getting terrible,” reported one porn consumer who refused to give his name. “I just saw Horny Nurses 14 and I have to tell you it was just a reshash of the plots from Horny Nurses 9 and 11. It’s like they didn’t even have a writer.”
“What do people want? Movies where the actors just walk into a room, strip and just go at it? Where they always start with oral sex, then doggy, and then a money shot? Fans will walk if that’s all they get,” according to PWGA member Dick Member. “And don’t think about doing the lonely housewife and the pool-boy again. I own that.”

Recommended Family Movies

FINDING NEMOI don’t think too highly of the recent Pixar movie, Cars. I wasn’t too excited about The Incredibles either. Neither of these films come close to the what Pixar accomplished with Finding Nemo, which I think is one of the best movies ever made, period. Not being a kid, though, I might not be the best judge of kids’ movies.

Nevertheless, I made this short list of movies I’d recommend as family viewing. Some of them are good for younger children, others not, but I think they all fall under the category of family viewing.

What movies would you add to this list?

Finding Nemo, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, A Bug’s Life, The Jungle Book, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Antz, Balto, Big, Ice Age, The Incredibles, Millions, Monsters Inc., On Golden Pond, The Polar Express, The Prince of Egypt, Robots, The Rookie, Saint Ralph, The Secret of Roan Inish, Shrek 1 and 2, Stand By Me (though it contains profanity), Star Wars: A New Hope, Treasure Planet, Two Brothers, Wallace & Gromit in The Wrong Trouser, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Whale Rider.

World Trade Center – The Movie

title shot of World Trade Center movieThe trailer for the World Trade Center has been released. The movie is directed by Oliver Stone, starring Nicolas Cage.

I found the trailer disturbing and I didn’t even have the sound on: interior shots of the building starting to collapse; people in offices feeling earthquake-like movement when the crashes occurred; ashes from burning buildings and planes falling like feathers from the sky…

I have no desire to see this.