5 Different review from different sources of “Astro Boy”

05Mar10

Top critic

Link to the Review

http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/87623/astro-boy.html

David Bowers’s fond retooling of ‘Astro Boy’, the seminal boy-bot creation of late Manga godhead Osamu Tezuka, is about as innocuous as family toons get. Set in the floating future world of Metro City, it’s the story of a young boy (Freddie Highmore) accidentally vaporised in an industrial accident, only to be rebuilt as a miniature robot gunship by his scientist father (Nicolas Cage). Donald Sutherland lends his voice to ultra-right-wing demagogue President Stone, who lusts for state-of-the-art firepower while spouting militarist buzzwords and allowing the audience to ally with the now-shunned Astro Boy and his new cadre of plucky outcasts. While far from an unmitigated disaster, Bowers’s play-it-straight attitude towards the material combined with the crisp, if unspectacular, animation doesn’t allow ‘Astro Boy’ a moment to bob its head above the ever-swelling digimation pack. Though it may pass muster with the very wee ones.

The Movie Blog

Link to the Review

http://themovieblog.com/2009/10/astro-boy-review

Like “Speed Racer” before it, Astro Boy was destined to bomb at the box office. Like Speed Racer, a semi-recognizable name that is too far removed from its days of popularity to the point that it lacked enough of a built in audience. Still, that doesn’t mean that the movie itself can’t be good (Speed Racer wasn’t). So off I went to see Astro Boy and I was very surprised by how strongly it started… but not so surprised about how it all went downhill from there.

THE GENERAL IDEA

The synopsis for Astro Boy reads something like this: “Set 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.”

Salnt Magazine Review

Link to the Review

A proud civilian of Mero City, Toby (voiced by a sprightly Freddie Highmore) is an overconfident, brainy child who often revels in the latest robotic innovation by his elusive father, the renowned scientist Dr. Tenma (Nicolas Cage). After mischievously hiding in the lab during one of Tenma’s demonstrations, Toby is trapped behind the protective glass after a sinister President Stone (Donald Sutherland) installs a recently discovered, highly powerful energy source—the clearly temperamental Red Core—into Tenma’s robot, culminating in Toby’s untimely death. Wrecked, Tenma feverishly constructs a replacement android son using the all-powerful, more stable Blue Core, but later cruelly rejects Toby for his mechanical inadequacies. Now known as Astro Boy, the dejected robot discovers his incredible abilities and gadgets, but soon crashes on Earth when fleeing from the power-hungry president, who is after the Blue Core.

The internet movie database

Two Types of Review

1. Users Review

Link to Users Review

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375568/usercomments

I just came from an advance screening of Astroboy where I dutifully took my kids at 10 am to watch “this” thinking that if I was lucky I would be able to doze off for a few minutes during the movie. Boy, I couldn’t! The story was captivating from the beginning. Yes, it was very directed at kids, you know, the far off humour and such, but when I saw Toby, the genius’ “kid”, I felt that the movie was after all NOT just a Pinocchio rip-off where an old man made a robot-boy because he was bored or lonely… the reasons behind the creation of Astroboy were tragic and even mature. Of course, if you are a manga aficionado, you may be thinking “duh! that’s how’s supposed to be”, but I am NOT. I barely watched a show now and then when I was a kid (I’m 36 years old… too young for Astroboy), so I wasn’t really aware of the story,

2. External Reviews

Link to External Reviews

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375568/externalreviews

Here you would a list of websites to go on and get the exthernal reviews on Astro Boy.

Dailymail

Link to the review:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-1248599/Astro-Boy-review-Caters-pre-teens-boasts-subject-matter.html

Astro Boy is based on a Japanese comic book and cartoon series from the Fifties and Sixties, and – despite its childish humour and a shoot-out finale that caters to the lowest pre-teen denominator – covers some awfully serious topics: racism, pollution, class struggle and warmongering heads of state.It’s bizarre, like Iron Man remade by Clare Short.Off-puttingly for young and old alike, it starts off with a child (voiced by Freddie Highmore) being killed in an industrial accident while his scientist father (Nicolas Cage) looks on.

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One Response to “5 Different review from different sources of “Astro Boy””

  1. 1 Lacey

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    You need to comment upon the reviews in terms of what they do, particularly in relation to their audiences.


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