Directed by Brad Bird
Based on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Harry Connick, Jr.
Running time: 87 minutes
Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
The film is about a lonely boy named Hogarth raised by his mother (the widow of an Air Force pilot), who discovers an iron giant who fell from space. With the help of a beatnik named Dean, they have to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent from finding and destroying the Giant. The Iron Giant takes place in October 1957 in the American state of Maine during the height of the Cold War.
This is a great film and I don’t understand why it isn’t more well known than it is. Well, maybe it is – It must be popular amongst certain artistic types since there are lots of amazing alternate posters for the film online. Someone collected a bunch of them here – they’re awesome!: geekynerfherder.
I’m not going to go into this much. I re-watched it last summer after not seeing it for years and it’s the only film that I watched in 2013 that I have yet to review. With over 100 reviews here now, I decided it was time to finally alphabetize them all (You can make me really happy by clicking on this link because it took me ages to do this!: Reviews A-Z). 😉
The Iron Giant was directed by Brad Bird, the genius behind Pixar greats The Incredibles & Ratatouille. There are two main things that I love about The Iron Giant. The first is The Giant himself. I love the look of him and of course the way he becomes friends with Hogarth and the way he learns about humans and develops a personality. He reminded me a lot of the Laputan robots in Laputa: Castle In The Sky – I loved that movie & the robots are a big part of the reason why. I also absolutely adore WALL-E (one of my all-time favorite films) so I think I may just be a sucker for robots with a heart….
Secondly, I love the message in this film. I know it’s not one that’s for everyone, though. From what I read on Wikipedia, Bird pitched this film around the idea “What if a gun had a soul?”. The book was written in 1968 but Bird chose to set the film during the Cold War in 1957 and I think this time period works perfectly for the film and its peaceful anti-war, anti-weapon, anti-paranoia message. It also works in that this was a time of great sci-fi B movies and The Iron Giant’s look and feel fits in perfectly with that as well. Its story is like that of many of the great old Twilight Zone episodes (which is a huge compliment as I think that’s the greatest TV series ever). It would be interesting, actually, to see another adaptation of The Iron Giant set in modern times as the paranoia during the Cold War is nothing compared to today’s and gun violence is ridiculously out of control. Oh shit…. Back away from that topic…. Back away…… Slowly….!
The Iron Giant is a classic. Don’t let my talk of its “message” put you off – It doesn’t ram its beliefs down your throat (I hate movies that do that). It keeps things simple & just tells it like it is. Come on – it’s made by Brad Bird, who became a part of Pixar. You know you can trust anything Pixar-related! And you can trust me too. I think all families should sit down and watch The Iron Giant together. If they did, maybe the world would be a better place. 🙂
My Rating: 8/10
Quite agreed on this movie. I like it a lot.
Thanks. : ) Don’t know why it’s not more popular!
I love love love this film. So glad you have written about it.
Great! I’m glad you love it as well. : )
I actually almost fell asleep when I saw this one. Perhaps I need to see it again 😦
Really?? Aww…. It’s a lovely film. : )
Hey, guess what???
Have seen this?!
I have and……………..
I LOVE IT!!!
Yay! : )
Vin Diesel at his best haha xD
Seriously I love this film 😀
Haha – I can seriously say that this is by FAR his best film. : )
I somehow missed this when it came out but I’ve heard nothing but good things since – will have to explore!
Let me know what you think if you see it. : ) It’s a shame that it didn’t do well at the time & a lot of people missed it.
Great movie and I think your right, it doesn’t get the attention that most Disney or Pixar films gets but it is better than a lot of their recent films.
Yeah- it’s a shame that it didn’t do well when it came out so I think a lot of people missed it. Great movie. : )
I’ve never actually seen it. Sounds like it could be a good one.
Let me know what you think if you check it out! It deserves a lot more attention than it got at the time…
Love this movie, need to re-watch it again for my site, there’s enough Superman references that it totally counts as a superhero movie, right? And of course Brad Bird went on to do the Incredibles, one of my favorite movies of all time.
Thanks for the comment. I don’t actually take this long to reply – I just never saw your comment & it was still pending approval. Sorry! : ( The Iron Giant really is a great film. It deserves to be more well known! Glad I reviewed it – it seems there are actually quite a few fans of it. : )
I haven’t seen this film in forever! For some reason I never really was interested in it, so I don’t even know if I’ve seen the whole thing. I need to sit down for a view! Nice review, lady! 🙂
Thanks! Yeah – you should give this one another try. : )
Ah man I loved this movie when I was younger, I watched the hell out of it! Great review you have here!
Thanks! Yay – another Iron Giant fan! : )
Great review. I have always been meaning to see this, but never got around to it.
Thanks! I hope you check it out some day. Let me know what you think if you do! : )
Nice review! Iron Giant is one of my favorite non-Disney animated movies and such a sweet kiddie movie I’ll forever shamelessly watch as an adult.
Thanks! It really is an underrated animated film. I’m glad to see so many people here love this one. : )
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