Thursday, November 10, 2005


Saw Robots last night - a bit of a temporary break from Star Trek! - and while it didn't really grab me in the way, say, Finding Nemo did, there were some really nice bits.

I learnt from the director's commentary on the deleted scenes that the story was kind of being written as they went. I think perhaps it shows... while there is a nice cohesive story it doesn't have the feeling of being carefully crafted, more just put together in the nick of time.

What has been carefully crafted is the special effects - those robots look great. But even there I noticed some things that could've done with a bit more attention. Maybe I'm getting picky in my old age?

The story, such as it was, followed a fairly classic composition. Very likeable young hero follows his dream - he reaches out for what he wants, but then reality intervenes and cuts him off from his desire (working as an inventor with Bigweld).

Then he's plunged into the abyss (well, on the streets) and meets the friends who will help him. Only to start with, they discourage him, telling him it's too hard, he should give up and go home.

Then - cutting a long story short - he finds Bigweld, who he thinks will be able to make a difference. But instead of his childhood hero he finds a disillusioned old man, addicted dominoes.

Reality again. Damn.

That's almost enough for him, but just as he's about to buy that ticket out of town, Bigweld has a change of heart, and together they hatch a plan to take on the evil Ratchet.

The climactic scene is really cool, with lots of mini "gasp!" moments. It's a very action-packed film, but nothing too scary for kids. The fact that they're robots, not people, helps make the action believable without being scary.

And there's a very satisfying scene at the end where the father, who has sacrificed his dreams for his son, gets to fulfil his dream of being a musician.

The comedy in this movie was fantastic in some spots - especially Robin Williams as Fender - and in other spots was a little lame. But there were more good spots than bad. Visual comedy was fantastic, with Fender and Rodney's across-town trip lingering in my memory.


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