Real Steel surpasses poor trailer to be great film

I WILL be the first to admit that when I sat down to watch Real Steel, I did not have high expectations.

But aside from a few plot holes, this film really was very good - and not just for children.

Set in the near future, Real Steel follows washed-up fighter Charlie Kenton, (Hugh Jackman) who fell by the wayside after 2,000lb, eight ft foot-tall steel robots took over from human fighters.

Then his ex-girlfriend dies and he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son, as he travels around the country trying to piece together enough money to buy a decent robot.

And when he does, he doesn’t listen to his son Max, and the robot gets destroyed.

Just when all hope is lost, Max finds the remains of a generation two robot, and teams up with his dad to build and train a championship contender.

Real Steel is heartwarming, and it’s a lovely film that children will love as much as the adults do.

Hugh Jackman is marvellous, as, in my opinion, he is in everything he does, and the plot is believeable enough to sustain my interest.

If, like me, you’ve seen the trailer and think it looks about as appeal as a used nappy, then I urge you to reconsider, because this is a genuinely good film, where for once, the best bits aren’t in the trailer.

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