MOVIE REVIEW: “The Iron Giant” presents the voices of Vin Diesel (The Fast and the Furious, Saving Private Ryan), Eli Marienthal (American Pie, Jack Frost ), Jennifer Aniston (Friends [TV series], Bruce Almighty), Harry Connick Jr. (Independence Day, Dolphin Tale), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Thelma & Louise), John Mahoney (Frasier [TV series], Primal Fear), James Gammon (Cold Mountain, Major League), Cloris Leachman (The Croods, Young Frankenstein), and M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner, My Best Friend’s Wedding). It is directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol). The movie tells the story of how a boy named Hogarth Hughes (Marienthal) growing up in the 50’s discovers a giant alien robot and becomes best friends with him. Even though the robot is harmless, Hogarth has to constantly hide him from the public because his presence is taken as a threat to the U.S. The government is trying to find the robot because of stories going around the town about it, especially an agent named Kent Mansley (McDonald), who is obsessed with finding this robot’s whereabouts and destroying it for good.
This movie is a classic for the whole family. I first watched this movie when I was probably a toddler and I have always respected and loved this movie. The story is imaginative and nothing like I have seen before. It has a great way of establishing their characters and knowing when to be funny and sad at the exact times. I love the atmosphere of this film, with the setting being in the 50’s with talks of nuclear war being afoot, which inevitably is the tone of this film. The voice acting is great and all the main characters are voiced by very famous people. I like how funny this movie is as well, and I always laugh at the way the characters’ expressions can get and the jokes they say. I also like the animation, which, for a late 90’s film, is done spectacularly. There really isn’t much to dislike about this movie. It is original and funny, and it really connects you to the characters and in the end, you learn a lesson about friendship and how to live in peace. The only con that comes to mind about this film is how some things just don’t make sense. For example, why would the Iron Giant eat a lot of metal? Robots aren’t the ones to have an appetite and they never explain if it’s used to break down energy or not. Another example would be when Hogarth saves the Iron Giant when in reality, a normal boy would get scared away by seeing a giant robot with wires flying everywhere around him. It’s just stuff to nit-pick at or point out. At its core, this movie is something that everyone should see sometime in their life because it is a truly magnificent piece of animated film. It is calming to watch and will give you a fun ride every time you watch it! FINAL SCORE: 97%= Juicy Popcorn
This movie has been inducted into the Juicy Hall of Fame.
Here is the trailer: