Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Iron Giant (1999)

Young Hogarth is full of mischief and loves adventure and make-believe. But when he stumbles upon and befriends a massive robot with a big personality, he has no idea that he's about to go on the biggest adventure of his life. With help from hepcat artist Dean (Harry Connick Jr.), he's able to avoid his mother's (Jennifer Aniston) prying eyes and, for a while, stay one step ahead of government stooge Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald). But the Iron Giant is too big to hide forever...

I love love LOVE this movie. It's written beautifully (by director Brad Bird, who went on to write/direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille), we laugh, we cry, the whole bit. And did you know that the Iron Giant is voiced by Vin Diesel?? Easily the best thing he's ever done. The Giant reminds me of the old Universal monsters, Frankenstein specifically. He's stumbling around, unsure of where he belongs or what he's supposed to do, and accidentally causing destruction. But he's got a lot of heart and ultimately is evolved enough to make selfless choices.

Despite being animated, this one isn't "just for kids" and I very highly recommend it if you haven't seen it. It's currently streaming on Netflix! Bring a box of tissues...or is it just me who bawls at movies about giant robots?


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