On Thursday we had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Real Steel before it opens in theaters on October 7. We had to make a 90 minute drive to see the movie, but it was well worth it. Before I tell you about the movie I have to tell you about a small town girl going to the big city for a movie.
We find the theater. It is nice. I mean, really nice. We go in the lobby and there is your normal every day concessions and then there is Pizza Hut and sandwich shop. Ok, now that may be normal for most of you. That is NOT normal for me. I’m not really sure where to check in because I’ve never been able to attend an advance screening before, but the theater has a concierge. I talk to her, show her my email that I, thankfully, had printed off, and she gave me our tickets.
We grab our popcorn and pop and head to the theater. There is a really long line and it’s taking quite a while to get in the theater. I can’t figure out why it’s taking so long. Then I get to the front of the line. Um, they were making everyone go through a security type check. They were using a security wand and checking everyone. They were also looking in all purses. I had to check with the locals in line behind me to make sure that wasn’t a normal everyday occurrence at the theater in the city. Sheesh, weirdness. Anyways, that was a new situation for us. Now I’ll be prepared the next time I attend an advance screening. Have you ever had to go through a security check at the movie theater?
Enough chit chat…onto the review.
Real Steel takes place in the future where robots replace boxers in the ring. Hugh Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a down on his luck ex-boxer (lost his job to the ‘bots) who is having a heck of a time scraping together enough money to make ends meet. When his luck finally runs out he teams up with his estranged son to make a comeback in the robot fighting arena.
Charlie is a deadbeat dad that doesn’t really want anything to do with his son and I think the feeling is mutual. However, they team up and over a somewhat bumpy road form a relationship that takes them through the robotic boxing world.
The film is a bit predictable, but completely enjoyable. It is packed with action and has great funny moments. From beginning to end Real Steal was a pleasure to watch. Make plans to see Real Steel when it comes to a theater near you.
disclosure: I received 3 free tickets to see an advance screening of this film in exchange for my HONEST opinion.