I can’t tell you how much I loved the new Real Steel movie, which is in theaters this Friday! Make sure to read my review of the movie, if you’re thinking of bringing your children. It is rated PG-13 and it can be a little nitty gritty, but that’s life! It really is a great family film and at the heart of the movie is about the relationship between a father and a son — and a boy and his robot.
Last week, I traveled to Los Angeles where I had the opportunity to join a group of bloggers to interview Director Shawn Levy and Hugh Jackman. Both of them really expressed the fact that this was a film that you could go see with your families.
Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Date Night) says, when asked about directing an action movie:
Well, it’s interesting because I don’t even really think of the movie as an action movie. I kind of think of it as a father-son movie more than anything else. I mean, obviously there’s boxing robots, but I really started to get a sense of what I like doing was on both ‘Cheaper by the Dozen’, and ‘Night at the Museum’, we ended up having this experience where, where a family can go to a movie actually together, because as we all know as parents, like, things that are called family films are so often just kind of condescendingly made for the lowest common denominator, and we sit there either asleep, which I’ve done sometimes, or resentful, or what not.
And so I, it’s interesting, I view ‘Real Steel’ as a departure in that it’s a drama and an action drama. But I view it very consistent with ‘Night at the Museum’ in that it’s a movie, at least, in way I’ve seen people react to it, like it’s still a kind of a fun time for a broad, broad swath of family. That’s my goal.
Hugh Jackman, talking about seeing the movie with his family:
They loved it. And I saw the movie with my mother in law who’s 75 and my wife and my two kids. And all of them were cheering and they were like crying and they just — they just loved it.
It was a really great moment for me, you know, to genuinely have all those three generations loving it.
Make sure to check out this new trailer from Real Steel, it really shows you a great preview of the relationship between Charlie (Hugh Jackman) and Max (Dakota Goyo).