Classic popcorn entertainment. Anyone headed to see this film shouldn’t expect a complex script with deep meanings. What they’d get is a cliched plot with good directorial execution and a Hugh Jackman that takes command of the movie screen whenever he appears.
The plot and all the emotional high points in “Real Steel” seem to have taken directly from the “Rocky” stories; everything from the notion of being the underdog and rising up to win, to talking about a man struggling to rediscover himself and his true passion, to the boxing theme, all were inspired by, or copied from, the “Rocky” movies. There is pretty essentially nothing original about the film, other than that this time around, instead of humans, robots are boxing each other.
Yet, the strengths of the film lie in a straightforward direction that doesn’t try to do too much or be too cute with the editing; we always got a clear sense of what was going on, even during the fast-pounding, metal-clanging action sequences. We also have Hugh Jackman in his element, playing a vulnerable tough guy. He is the one who carried this film to become a box office smash hit.