Film review | Real Steel – Hugh is boxing clever in Disney’s mighty metal kids’ fight movie

Hugh Jackman gives a muscular performance as a washed up ex-fighter in Disney’s lively – and exceptionally loud – new take on the traditional boxing drama, Real Steel. In a nutshell, it’s Rocky with robots, a win-win proposition giving Hugh the chance to look grizzled and gorgeous while the action is handled by an array of high-tech goliaths.

The fights are the main event and they’re no-holds-barred bare-knuckle gladiatorial affairs which will have the target-audience of young boys baying for blood while keeping parents appeased because the actual blood is minimal. Dakota Goya as Hugh’s son is luckily more bolshy than cute and Lost star Evangeline Lilly as Hugh’s love interest deserves a medal for managing to make an impression amid all that technology and testosterone. And if the plot essentially writes itself, the story’s done with more than enough conviction and mechanical carnage to entertain. Be warned though, viewers over 25 may need a hearing aid by the time it’s finished.

On general release from Friday 14th October.


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