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THE IRON GIANT review V. 2.0

My first review for THE IRON GIANT was of an incomplete movie, some of the animation was still in pencil form and it had no soundtrack.

Well...

I’ve seen it twice in the past two days and I have tons more to say about this film since seeing it with two kid and parents filled auditoriums. Having watched my friends, my sister and my father watch this film. Listening to them and observing the look in their eyes as they speak of the film.

Nearly everyone behind the scenes here at AICN has seen the film at least once, some twice, and we’ll all be seeing it again this Friday (at least once, maybe more)

Every now and again we folks here at AICN are lucky enough to bring a film to your attention. Somehow, to seemingly discover the film. When we find one of these jewels, we push the living bejeesus out of it because something in the film illicits that pure visceral feeling of wanting the film to succeed.

Not all great films or classic films do succeed. Some bellyflop tremendously and that’s what I don’t want to see happen here. Why is this?

I’ve never met Brad Bird. He called me up, almost a year ago to ask me if I would remove early images of THE IRON GIANT from AICN, so that the character could be introduced in the course of the film. I agreed. That’s the last I heard from him.

My interest in this film spurs from the film itself. The movie is magical. The first time I saw it in that cavernous theater of Moriarty’s beneath the city of angels, I sat in a predominately empty theater. Maybe 6 people in attendance. It was very much like being alone.

Sunday afternoon I went to the paid sneak, took my father, hooked up with Barbarella and Olive Oyl and sat in a theater filled with families. Right before the film began, Robogeek, El Cosmico and Sabu appeared and took their seats.

The theater wasn’t quite full, but was about 3/4’s full. As the film began I felt a hush sweep over the audience. It’s a short little film. A little over 80 minutes, comparable to PINNOCHIO, SNOW WHITE as well as many classic animated films. While being oh.... 10 minutes longer than films like FRANKENSTEIN and the other Universal Horror films. My point is, a movie is as long as it needs to be, and THE IRON GIANT is perfect as is.

Each time I have seen it, the film has become stronger emotionally. As I begin anticipating what is coming, I inevitably try to steel myself from getting too involved, but try as I might... I just can’t help but be taken away by this film.

Tonight as I sat between Copernicus and the ever loving light of my life, Annette Kellerman I felt my bottom lip trembling and quivering. Tears were rolling down both cheeks. I caught Copernicus’ hand move up to his eyes, and Annette was knocked out.

The day before, I sat between Father Geek and Barbarella and all three of us were completely emotionally taken in by this magical film.

Now why? Why are we reacting this way? What is doing this to me?

Good questions, and I’ll try to answer them.

In regards to the Giant himself, this is a designed marvel. I’m not talking about him as a purely ‘cool’ design. He is. Point Blank, the robot just looks cool. But so does Robby the Robot, Gort, Tobor, C3P0 and R2D2.... However, I am finding myself incredibly attached to this robot more so than with those.

Why?

Sure the Joe Johnston design is cool, but what is doing this? I’ll tell you. This robot, this ‘big metal guy’ has a soul. When the little metal shutters begin changing the shape of his eyes, I’d swear this robot was smiling or weeping. We never see tears. We don’t see the smile. But in those lit empty sockets I see a soul.

I see a confused living being, a robot maybe, but the Iron Giant is living. The animators on this guy are nothing short of geniuses. Twice in the film I see the robot turn up his palms, motion frantically with one of them, whilst making uncertain noises. This is Karloff. These guys captured Karloff in this character. Later, he’s toying with a motionless thing... The way he touches it, pushes it, it recalls Willis O’Brien’s Kong.

This is the best animated creation I’ve seen since the height of Harryhausen’s craft. The creators give voice to the Iron Giant in a Ludo-styled baritone. And the sound engineering on him is a masterstroke.

One time while I was talking at length with Harryhausen he told me the secret to great animation of creatures.

My ears lit up, my eyes widened. “His secret” echoed through my mind. I felt as though fire was being handed to me.

Harryhausen said that a monster, a beast, a creation’s natural state is not as a monster or a beast. It’s not created to scare or terrorize. It’s meant to eat and sleep and walk and simply be.

He told me to watch the most viscous animals in the world. You’ll see them laying in trees, not set to pounce, but sleeping. Monsters sleep. A monster is only a monster to the one it is eating. To the baby creature in the nest, the monster is Mom or Dad.

And that stuck with me. It’s why Gwangi will scratch it’s nose or that Kong will play with something idly.

And here... The Giant can get bored, excited, tired and sleepy. The Giant can be hungry. But the Giant can care and love and wish to be something more.

It is that capacity to want to be something more than what he is that wins me. He doesn’t want to just be a robot. He doesn’t want to kill. He just wants to be happy and to exist. Simple things. But not in the world he’s placed in. And it’s that simple ‘fish out of water’ theme that wins me.

This is, with no doubt in my mind one of the very best films I’ve seen this decade. The film deals with controlling one’s capacity for violence, the meaning of friendship, the ability to look past the surface. It has to do with where the soul is and whether humanity is specific to humans.

I love this film. Not like those guilty pleasures you watch late at night. But with the same voracious appetite for love that you speak of a film that really and truly let’s loose with a spark of genius that catches ablaze into a full blown forest fire.

How does it affect kids?

All around me were children. And during the film I could hear them squeal with joy, laugh and giggle. When the film gets more intense I discovered something rather odd. I heard children reassuring their parents that everything was going to ‘alright’.

Tonight I heard a child tell their mother, “Mom, killing is bad.”

Another child asked their parent about the soul.

Great! Exactly what is needed and desired. After the film I ran into Glen and his kid Lil’ David. As always David came running up to hit me in my belly, and I shook my finger and told him, ‘Don’t be a gun David.’

He lowered his arm and looked at me. He smiled and went to run in circles screeching out, “I’m Superman!”

I’m sorry, but that’s beautiful. Of all the things to teach a child to want to be, Superman is as good a thing as any.

Finally I want to address the last third of the movie, and I’m going to do it in the vaguest possible manner.

The last third of the film transcends all that came before. It heads the story towards the conflicts you’ve seen in the trailers. But there is so much more that is still unseen.

I will not spoil this for you, but when you see it... I just want to give you my feelings on this. While what I’m seeing is infact some of the coolest science fictiony thingees a happening, I couldn’t allow my techno-fetish to kick in because what I saw repulsed me.

It was watching a soul disappear and turn into... an abusive loved one.

My mom turned into the gun for the last 7 years of her life. She became a very ugly destructive person out to destroy not only herself but all of those around her. She had sane moments, flashes of tenderness, but she had become a gun. She was no longer the person I loved, the look in the eyes was gone, the sound of her voice hardened and my mother was gone.

The ending of this film addresses that. And my god it is impressive.

The folks that worked on this film have my love and admiration. You people, you artists... You brought a bit of perfection into my life, and I want to share this with everyone. People I know, loved ones, strangers, fellow geeks.

I.. sigh.

In this world we have so many people that are guns. This isn’t about possessing them, but rather the instant lashing out that a gun brings with it. This should be required viewing by every family in this world.

The movie should become, for all time, a part of the familial unit. Families should watch it together and rejoice and learn.

When people now speak the name Brad Bird it should be with reverence. This is, purely and surely, one of the greatest films, animated or live-action, I have taken into my heart.

For me, I’ll watch it like I watch A CHRISTMAS STORY, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, PINNOCHIO and BAMBI.

And that toy in my room. I look at it and I smile. It’s just a minor 15 degree shift in vision from this screen to my big metal guy and Hogarth. A mere 15 degrees to reach my smile.

Go see this movie. Take friends, pack em all up. Don’t let your day care take the kid first, go this weekend. The movie works on two different levels of watching. That of the child’s and the perspective of an adult. The movies are completely different.

By the way, if it seems like this week I’m talking a lot about THE IRON GIANT... well, the simple truth is.... I am pushing it like hell. I do not want to see this be brushed off as some sort of ‘also ran’ flick.

When I think that FANTASIA failed it’s first time out, I get angry. That film deserved to be heralded and succeed instantly instead of breaking Walt’s heart.

This film has to succeed. Why? Because Brad Bird must be allowed total creative freedom to create more works of genius. The Warner Brothers Feature Animation opening of this film should be reserved exclusively for Brad’s work, lest it be tainted by eyesores like POKEMON.

Go watch perfection this weekend.

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  • Aug. 3, 1999, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Well Said

    by fatdan

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Thank you again, Harry. I'll never forget this.

    by Nordling

    Reading your review made me tear up again. God, I love this movie. I want to get up on the rooftops and shout its praises. I want to get a T-shirt that says "I am not a gun" on the front and the title on the back. I got a cool little keychain with a moving image of the Iron Giant holding Hogarth and running as the jets come flying by. I'll keep it forever. I want it to be #1 for the next six months so everyone can get the message of this movie. I saw it last night in a theater that wasn't as full as I would have liked, but still eveyone enjoyed it and a long, sustained round of applause at the end. Hogarth is an inspired creation, and one of the few films that lets a kid be a kid, and not some cynical smart-ass. The design work for the Giant is so inspired - I can't tell you how inspired. It reminded me of Star Wars - the originals - and the work McQuarrie did. They look nothing alike, I know, but when you saw a ship in the first trilogy, it just made sense. It looked...right. So does the Iron Giant. I love the voiceover acting, especially Harry Connick Jr. I love the message, and the fact that the film has the guts to stand up to its convictions, in a time when standing up for something gets you ridiculed. Please, see this movie. It, quite simply, is the Best Film of this year, and many years. Oh, God, I loved this movie. I will see it again this weekend - I'll figure out how to get some money (really broke right now) and see it again. I have to. I am Superman.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant...couldn't have said it better.

    by Ninja Nerd

    Saw the sneak preview Sunday here in The Cultural Center Of The Universe. Took my 14-going-on-30 son who is hard to impress. The audience applauded wildly at the end. My son turned to me with moist eyes (me, too!) and said "Dad, this was most excellent". Many of us stayed through the credits and I was saddened to see that Ted Hughes died in October of 98. I thought, I hope he got to see SOME of the unfinished work and I wish he could have been here today. There are NO adjectives strong or complete enough to describe this movie. It will hold a place of honor in my library when it comes out on tape/DVD. And thank you, thank you, thank you for discovering for us.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Just don't get too excited

    by Martin Q Blank

    Iron Giant sounds wonderful, but if you go in demanding to be dazzled, you'll be disappointed. (I know that's a redundant thing to say, but keep your cool.) I mean, for instance I say Gone With The Wind (at the cinema no less) on Sunday. First time I've ever seen it. And, to go in knowing that its basically supposed to be one of the few best films ever made, what could live up to that? (BTW, if you were wondering what I thought, I came out initally slightly positive but mainly indifferent, but over the last few days I've spent so long analysing the interplay and... very cool indeed...)

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 7:15 a.m. CST

    impartiality

    by fonebone

    I'm glad you weren't out at the premiere, Harry -- it's easier to trust your reviews when you maintain a distance from yourself and the filmmakers. Don't go west coast on us, baby.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Harry, could a sequel work?

    by Obscure Homage

    Like many others, I am exasperated about The Iron Giant's release on Friday. I saw the sneek preview on Sunday, the movie is simply unforgettable. If the film becomes a substantial hit, do you think a sequel could do justice to the magic that was created? I really hope people see this movie. It deserves to be seen and appreciated.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Wonderful, Wonderful, and most Wonderful and yet again...Wonderf

    by Perfect Tommy

    A little "LA Story" paraphrase in my subject there. That's how I feel about this film. Saw it at the sneak in Austin yesterday. Others have said all that needs to be said except for this - as the credits rolled and the SCREENWRITER'S name came up, the adults in the crowd appluaded again. I've NEVER seen that done before.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Another bad review...

    by 0007

    I will give you another bad review: Gee, being from space lands on Earth, befriends young boy, government intervenes, boy protects space being from harm until the two of them realize they are too different to be friends. Can we say E.T., Mac n' Me, et cetera...Get some new ideas!

  • Jesus Christ....this is like invasion of the body-snatchers...I honestly don't get it....I'm a film student myself, and my father was an award-winning documentarian who taught me everything I know about film. Now, I'm not some ignorant asshole who hates animation. Actually, I have a passion for animated films...I also hate Disney animated films with a passion! But that's another story. I have seen so many great animated films that have such artistic value. "The Iron Giant" is NOT one of those films. The camera angles and animation sometimes pretends that the film is more than it is, but when you get right down to it, Iron Giant is just another crappy animated film in a long history of crappy animated films. THIS FILM SAYS NOTHING, AND IT SIGNIFIES NOTHING. It is a stale and dry work, with no true message. In the end, it's just another toy commercial. The only difference is that THIS FILM WILL FAIL. Mark my words, it will flop, and the world will be better because of it.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Quentin2... what crawled up your bum and died?

    by Cliff

    There's always got to be a stick in mud. Everyone here is riding a wave of excitement from the "Iron Giant" touching them in some way. But not you. People seem to be genuinely moved by the artistry, emotional resonance, and veritable SOUL of this film. But you have to piss on it-- just to be the scowling naysayer who has to be loudest to be heard. I'm sure you make lots of friends that way. How black is that twisted, cynical little vulture's heart of yours? Can nothing touch it? Can nothing warm or humane ever get in to remind you even have a heart?? Well, WHATEVER. Gentle readers of AICN, lest I comment any further on this chucklehead, I implore you to open yourselves to a beauteous thing. RUN, don't walk, to your nearest theatre and imbibe the "Iron Giant". You will be enriched for it.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Great review, Harry

    by Bryan

    Harry, I really loved this review. Your writing has really evolved over these last couple years, and you're at your best when you're in love with a movie. I especially liked your statement that so many people are "guns" - I hadn't really thought of extending the symbolism of the movie in that way, but you're absolutely right.

  • Aug. 3, 1999, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant & Quentin2

    by claylori

    Quentin2 has demonstrated that all people have a right to their opinion, but unfortunately has shown that all opinions are not equal. He has claimed a certain right to differ from the rest of the cretins who expressed opinions ranging from appreciation to joy at the release of Iron Giant. He claims that right based upon his education and relationship to his father who he seems to attribute all of his taste. He has the right to express an opinion but in doing so reminds me that those who can, do, and those who can not, tear apart the work of those who do. He may know about film making in the abstract, understanding framing, camera angles and the like, but he has forgotten that, at its core, film making is story telling. I have been a film lover for forty years, and dearly love the craft, I believe it to be the finest form of story telling ever developed. It is an event where world weary adults can again feel like ten year olds, who leave the theater with cheeks scrubbed clean by the coarse sleeve which tried to remove an errant tear before someone else noticed, only to be forgotten when the embarrassed crier realized that he was not alone. I have seen so many of the "creative" movies, the "proper" movies, the movies that other people said are important, but the ones I remember over the forty years, are those that touch me in places I keep hidden from a world that has grown far too cynical to allow a ten year just to be a child.

  • Aug. 4, 1999, 12:21 a.m. CST

    DON'T FORGET...

    by Irie

    ...that although (and I think they'd agree) that the story's the main thing, the animation, lead by the GREAT Tony Fucile and his crew of mostly green--but HIGHLY talented and dedicated animators--matched the virtuosity of the screenplay and voice talent every fucking step of the way. It emBRACes the "graphic" quality of what animation can do best. By the way, the Iron Giant was designed not by Joe Johnston, but by the red-headed Mark Whiting.

  • Aug. 4, 1999, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Look deeper...

    by Redbeard911

    I saw a sneak of IG last night with my wife, 13 year old son and 6 year old daughter. I had heard good things about the film, but did not expect the depth of the message nor the powerful nature of the film. While the movie set itself up for a sequel, a sequel shouldn't be necessary. This film is a Star Wars, BTTF, Indiana Jones type where it is so fresh that anything that follows would not give the viewer that same feeling as the first film. With the exception of the "I am a gun" segment, the IG hit me as Christ figure. His true nature was seen only by the pure of heart, and those in authority only saw him as a threat. The most obvious parallel is the self-sacrifice to literally save mankind, and the resurrection days later. The characters mader us happy, angry and sad. All four of us cried, and my daughter wanted an Iron Giant poster protecting her in her room. I hope this film gets good word of mouth and print and does well. Where do I get an "I am not a gun" shirt?

  • Aug. 4, 1999, 8:12 p.m. CST

    IRON GIANT's Message (**SPOILERS**)

    by mrbeaks

    This is not an anti-gun movie, nor is it as simple as Quentin2 claims above (by the way, I'm a huge fan of your dad's "documentaries." FACES OF DEATH rocked!) The tragedy of the Giant's transformation from a benign creature into a ruthlessly effective killing machine is that the provocation comes from a selfishly motivated politico/warmonger; ergo, it's utterly senseless. The film never argues that being a "gun" is a bad thing (hence, the Giant's yearning to be Superman, who, as we all know, fights only when confronted by evil;) no, its primary thrust is teaching kids that the capacity for killing will always be, without a doubt, the ugliest thing in our nature, and that it's far more preferable to be at peace. Not that this is anything complex, but sometimes the most obvious concepts elude the grasp of the AICN Talkbackers. And Quentin2, if you're going to dissent so vociferously, at least cite some evidence as to why, in your opinion, the film was such a complete failure. 'Twould go a great distance toward ensuring the civility that is so often lacking around this place.

  • Aug. 4, 1999, 11:31 p.m. CST

    iron giant

    by filichia

    After seeing Iron Giant last Saturday I thought to myself I am going to write in for the first time because people have to know how great this movie is. Well, after reading your review I see the cat is out of the bag. There is not much more that I could add. The film is great. It's the best film I have seen in a long, long time. One thing I would add is the suggestion to start a campaign to insure that this film is nominated and wins an oscar for best film. After seeing the film I thought of last years nominees, "Life is Beautiful", "Shakespeare In Love", and "Saving Private Ryan" for instance, and I thought this film is as good if not better than those films. Maybe that can start right here at AICN. Harry, you do weild some power and influence. Lastly , everyone go see this film and make sure it is a success. Make studios realise that animation doesn't have to be just a cutesy commercial for toys (Which isn't always bad) or a barrage of special effects over a half hearted story. Animation can be a viable alternative for great story telling. Iron giant is this. Again, see this film. Direct any comments to Sfilichia@DreamWorks.com

  • Aug. 5, 1999, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Disney Passed on Iron Giant!

    by Sammy Glick

    Pete Townshend brought this project to Disney first, who passed on it!!! FOOLS!!! Harry, you are so so right; this is a masterpiece. We have to make it a hit to save animation from the reduntant broadway crap that the mouse house keeps churning out, wasting the talents of the geniuses they employ. The best way to let them know this is to show them huge boxoffice. Make it so! Everybody bring two, three, four friends to this over the weekend. Make your brothers and sisters happy and offer to take your nieces and nephews! The kids will look up to you forever!

  • Aug. 5, 1999, 9:57 a.m. CST

    "Film Student"

    by tv`snick

    Just to clarify things, Quentin2 (or anyone else for that matter) cannot and schould not qualify thier opinions about creative works with the overrated statement "I'm a film student, I should know." Film school is as much about creative thought and vision as business school is. Film school is a _technical_ school. It's comparable to lerning car mechanics. Now, if you wanna say "the technical direction was awful" and qualify it with "I'm a film student, I should know," god ahead. Makes you an asshole, but it makes sense. But attacking a creative work based on "I'm a film student" is the same as saying "Rembrant's paintings suck and I'm right because I work in the paint section of Home Depot." Oh, and I haven't even seen the film yet and Harry's still right. There's a moment before a film when you know it'll touch you. This one will.

  • Aug. 5, 1999, 3:59 p.m. CST

    I am laughing out loud

    by Nordling

    at the Home Depot line. Good for you. I love this movie, and I'll shout it out on the rooftops if I have to for this movie to do well. I'm quite certain, by the way, that Quentin2 has NOT seen it. Dismissing a film without seeing it smacks of hypocrisy. Saying "I'm a film student" does not qualify you to make any judgments on a film that YOU HAVEN'T EVEN FUCKING SEEN! For Quentin2, God will always be dead, the blooming of flowers will only mean that photosynthesis is taking place, and love is a purely hormonal, chemical reaction. What a sad world his is. Thank God I don't live there.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 2:08 a.m. CST

    So your dad makes documentaries?

    by fatdan

    My dad's a docter and he taught me everything I know about medicine. Who's first in line for a surgery? Did somebody forget to enjoy their childhood? Can't revisit it? Maybe still living it?

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Roger Ebert's Iron Giant review...

    by Ninja Nerd

    Folks, Roger Ebert's reviews on the Sun-Times page this morning included The Iron Giant, Mystery Men, and The Sixth Sense (among others). IG got 3.5 stars, Sixth Sense got 3, and Mystery Men got 2. Hmmm, seems at least one reviewer agrees with the majority of AICN regarding the Iron Giant. For the "hype-mongers" and "just wanna dissent to get noticed" crowd, here's a special 800 number for you. 1-800-GET-A-CLUE. It really IS a great movie.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 3:44 p.m. CST

    WOW...

    by Hooky Boy

    What a great movie! After reading all the reviews of IG on AICN, I knew I had to see this movie. I was rewarded with a very special treat today when I played hooky from work for a couple hours to catch the opening bargain matinee. The Iron Giant simply ROCKS! This is one of the best movies I've seen in a very long time. It has helped restore my faith that it's still possible to make a great movie for all ages. Harry is right when he says that this movie works for both kids and adults. I found myself laughing and crying right along with everyone else. The Iron Giant proves that it's the quality of the story that carries a movie. All the special effects and realistic violence don't make a movie without a good solid story. Tell all your friends to go see The Iron Giant, they won't be disappointed.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 4:39 p.m. CST

    man, I'm still trying to hold back the tears. I feel like a lit

    by gaveltogavel

    Christ, what a movie. I just went to a matinee show and I had to struggle fiercely not to let any little droplets worm their way out of my seen-to-much eyes and down my time whithered masculine cheeks. Iron Giant is the most touching flick I've ever seen. The end is right up there with "One False Move" and "Sling Blade"'s finales. Very powerful. It'll kick your emotions into high gear. A beautiful thing. By the way, I just did my part. I e-mailed my mom and wrote 2 pages why she and my step-dad needed to take their foster child to see this movie this weekend. I hope I didn't give anything away for her in those two pages. AND I hope she listens to me and takes my advice. Man, Harry's right, this is one <sniff> for the ages. Great fucking film? Here it is.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Best Picture of the Year

    by darken

    While all the critics are praising Iron Giant, no one has yet dared to go as far as suggest it for a best picture nomination. I think all over the internet, fans should start pushing and suggesting a nomination for Iron Giant, especially when the time rolls around this coming spring. Don't let this film be forgotten. Animation has to be seen as a viable medium for something other than big loud dopey musicals with wise-cracking sidekicks. Fuck the formula, reward greatness.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant Rules

    by HoseHead

    I just got back from taking my family to see the Iron Giant...It was the best. Thank you so much Harry for pushing this film. I had a hard time convincing my kids to see this film. They wanted to see Inspector Gadget for God's sake! When the film was over though I had a hard time getting them to leave. They wanted to see it again! Thanks again Harry, I agree Iron Giant rules!

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Just right

    by Dayth

    Hearing all positive reviews, the first thing I do is worry such a movie might be dissappointing. First thing I do after the movie is find the source for all the goodlines. While the movie is great, here's why it's even better: Instead of being given a huge literary chunk to work from (ie Hutchback, Tarzan), IG has a short little children's book. Readable on a lunch break. And instead of trying to transpose the characters to a pre-determined script (5 songs, marketable, marketable, marketable), the movie just makes the characters even better. Not different people, better developed. Anyone interested in the book, here it goes- Giant shows up. Towns people see giant and dig hole to trap it. Hogarth traps it. Townspeople bury him, make it a nice hill to go picnicing. Giant stays buried awhile. Giant dragon (the size of Austraila) shows up from outerspace. Giant digs out, outwits dragon. saves earth. Yep. really endearing actually. Iron giant is just as endearing and fun, but still mature. No gaggingly cute scenes. Thank ye kindly.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 9:35 p.m. CST

    your Iron Giant review

    by Mikeoh

    "Of all the things to teach a child to want to be, Superman is as good a thing as any." What a beautiful sentiment, and how true! I know when I first saw George Reeves jump out a window and keep going, it changed my life ( and I was two years old at the time ). To have power and choose to use it to do the right thing - maybe it's just a fictional ideal, but it's one we could all try to live up to.

  • Aug. 6, 1999, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Hmm?

    by Philip

    well, I saw The Iron Giant. I like it. That "Don't be a Gun" bit has to do with "Not being an aggressor and/or killing people". Which is something a LOT of adults should learn. (Sometimes.. people older than myself are such complete bastards.. sigh.) Oh, what's wrong with Pok

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Gonna get blasted...

    by gilker

    I know I'm going to draw email from every idiot with a Bible, but here goes anyway... The Iron Giant is a wonderful movie, hitting every note perfectly. I wouldn't change a frame. That being said, I still talked with my 10 year old about the stupid idea presented by the film, the stupid superstition concerning 'souls.' Hogarth's reasoning goes like this: Every living thing has this magical something called a soul that never dies. Killing something with a soul, doesn't kill the soul, it just kinda sets it loose on the universe. Somehow, this setting loose is wrong and so killing is wrong, which is the whole point being established. As you can see, this logic doesn't hold, not only because there's no reason, sans religious indoctrination to think such a thing as a soul exists, but because if a soul is indestructable and only 'passes on ' to greater freedom, then killing does no real harm. Stupid superstition coupled with bad logic. But as I said, I wouldn't change a frame because a kid in Hogarth's time and place would reason precisely that way - with the superstitions he'd been fed and the bad logic it inculcates.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Gilker, I think you're reading too deep into this

    by Nordling

    I don't think the filmmakers were trying to say that. They just wanted to show The Iron Giant wasn't just some mindless robot- that he was alive and that because he felt emotion, he had a soul. We could get into a spiritual debate into this - you should go to Rotten Tomatoes and read the Christian review for their take on it, and they bring up the subject that you talked about. Hogarth just wanted the Giant to know that he was more than the sum of his parts, and that he could be anything he wanted to be.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Too deeply

    by gilker

    No, actually, I made a point to show I wasn't going too deeply into this. I made clear that I recognized that the idea was appropriate for a child of that day and background. Where I personally would have said "sentient mind" rather than "soul" I recognize that that would be unrealistic for Hogarth. True, Hogarth could've just as easily and realistically stumbled on his explanation, just as he did in other places, that the deer was alive and a thinking creature, it would've been clumsy and unpoetic at a time which called for fluidity and poetry. All things considered, the writer took the best option.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Harry, You Are SOOOOO Right on This One

    by Sean Orca

    Saw IG yesterday afternoon... what can I say? An amazingly perfect film, one of the best of the year. Harry, ignore the idiots and keep on pushing this one. I'm off to write a note to my brother explaining why he HAS to take my nephews to see this.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 4:49 p.m. CST

    hidden treasure

    by voovoo

    I saw The Iron Giant on Friday. Only SIX other people were in the audience!! I myself HATE cute animated movies that always come out, and if this movie doesn't work no one will try it again for years. It only made 1.7 million on Friday. This film will never be seen by the audience it deserves. I guess people are to blame for missing this stunning film.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 7:39 p.m. CST

    IG sets a higher standard

    by Jiji

    I've always been captivated by animated movies. I go to see most all of them, and am usually disappointed... or at least cringe a little bit at how good potential is dumbed down. Usually I have to tell my non-animated friends: "It was a good movie, but...." or "I liked this and this, but overall..." Iron Giant blew me away. Yes, the animation was stellar, and amazing considering the budget (something like 50% of a Disney feature, IIRC.) Yes, the acting was excellent. The message was thought-provoking and moving. The characters were likeable. But what really got me: this movie respects the intelligence of the viewing audience. Plot points and details are there aplenty, but there's no sappy dialogue or annoying sidekick to bludgeon every little bit home. The treatment of virtually every element in the script was handled with subtlety and grace, laying out the story and details and allowing the viewers to draw their own observations and conclusions. Not to say that the script was elitist; far from it! Rather, the story was built with masterful detail, layer upon layer, so that from the smallest urchin to the most jaded filmgoer, everyone had enough to go home satisfied... and most likely moved as well. Iron Giant has all the hallmarks of a classic, but the one thing that I will always remember and cherish about the premier is that I watched an animated movie made by a team that had the intelligence and grace to treat me, the viewer, like an adult. Here's hoping Brad gets the opportunity to do this caliber of film again.

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant

    by Stinkifish

    The 1st great film of the NEXT decade. Goodbye 1990's-style cynicism - and good riddance!

  • Aug. 7, 1999, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant

    by Private Ryan

    I finally saw Iron Giant tonight. I am not a huge fan of animated films (though I see a lot, since I have to take my younger siblings) and if it wasn't for Aint It Cool News and all the rave reviews I read here, I would not have been interested (the previews didn't do this film justice.) I loved the film. Thanks for making me see it Harry.

  • Aug. 8, 1999, 12:06 a.m. CST

    sickdogralph V 2.0

    by gaveltogavel

    OK, I just took my best friend to see Iron Giant, and low and behold, he loved it too. We talked about it all night. Now, I have to iterate, this guy, my best friend, is a tough as nails, leather jacket wearing, tobasco-sauce eating, Harley riding mother fucker. Leaving the theater, I asked him.... "So'd you like it?" he said...." best summer movie, without a doubt." THEN I asked him if he got choked up at all (because yesterday when I saw it I was fighting the tears), and he just had one word.... "Superman." Damn. I am not a gun. I'll leave it at that.

  • Lemme put myself in context. I think this site over-hypes a lot of garbage. Prince of Egypt was a Disney wanna-be, EP1 was a toy commerical, Austin 2 was teenage toilet-level humor crap, and Blair Witch was a home video that tricked people into thinking it was 'inventive' where in fact it was just cheap & lazy. That being said, Iron Giant RULES! Yes, it's true, I liked a movie. Loved would be a better word. Even though I liked Disney a lot and see all their animated movies, I would say this blows away anything else they've done in a decade(s), save perhaps Beauty & The Beast. PERHAPS. (I must admit I love the Broadway-style music in 'Beast'). 'Giant' sends chills down your spine sorely lacking in films like EP1. Anyway, it's THAT good. Take it from me, a guy who likes very few movies, THIS is a movie. This is the kind of film that reminds us WHY we go to movies. It's very adult, I didn't realize how refreshing it would BE to not see any 'sidekicks'. In the ads, the stuff involving Hogarth being on the toiler, or the laxative, well, don't worry, because both of those elements are FOR A REASON AND PERTAIN TO THE PLOT. You'll see. This movie was so good, that as I went to sleep, I thought about it, and cried. Yup, it's THAT good. I can't stress it enough. From the dead-on hilarious 50's stuff, (the Killler Brain movie he watched alone made me laugh more than any recent comedy) to the real characters, to the script, to the acting, EVERYTHING. Also, the animation. I didn't realize how SICK I was of the over-shaded Disney stuff. You know, like how Terk in Tarzan has a light shade, middle, and dark shade, and it's so smoothed-over it's like it's almost round? Well, 'Giant' using soild colors and straight lines. They spent more time on the drawing than the shading. Why shade it, anyway? I mean, what, are they trying to make it REAL? Disney's been over-shading since Lion King and I'm sick of it. Something else, the SOUND in this movie was great. The ambience of scenes just sounded so RIGHT. It's hard to explain, it just sounded so CLEAN. ONE LAST THING. "How I Know This Movie Worked". I love robots, especially when they kick butt. (I've seen T2 maybe 50 times) That being said, at the end, when the Iron Giant becomes a butt-kicker it made me sick. It was visually amazing, totally cool, and it made me sick. Because he didn't WANT to become a butt-kicker. It was like he was gone, like he died. And that was exactly what the film was about. And that's exactly why it worked. It just WORKED. IT WORKED! I wanted Harry to refund me 24 bucks, the combined totals of me & friend seeing "Prince of Egypt" and "Blair Witch". Well, the debt is repaid in full 7 times over! This MORE than makes up for it! He has guided us to a gem in a deep blue sea of crap. I never thought I'd say this, but THANK YOU HARRY! The End.

  • Aug. 8, 1999, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Fantastic!

    by Tir Na Nog

    This is a wonderful film! I loved it. The kids in the audience around me LOVED it. I will recommend it to my parents, my friends from 5 to 12 years old, and anyone else who's heart is pure. <spoilers>The giant's transformation is beautifully animated and hits you like a slap in the face, dramatically. An amazing moment in film. Wasn't that 'duck and cover' film hilarious (in a twisted way)? Joel and the 'bots would have a field day with that one! And, (for my fellow geekgirls,) Harry Connick, Jr. is so sweet!</spoilers>

  • Aug. 8, 1999, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I guess that means they're all on the take!

    by ellid

    Every single review of this movie I've read or heard this weekend (about seven so far - People, Entertainment Weekly, National Public Radio, the Boston Globe, the Hartford Courant, USA Today, and Salon) has been excellent. All have said about what Harry said: this is a fine movie that goes beyond the Disney mold to tell a story and tell it well. I haven't seen it yet myself (I'm in the middle of a grad school paper) but hope to do so within the next couple of weeks. My question: since so many people seemed to think that Harry wrote a good review because he was on the take, does that mean that Warner paid off ALL the other critics, from Elvis Mitchell to Roger Ebert? For a movie they aren't promoting? Does that make *any* sense? Of course not. Harry wrote a good review because he enjoyed the movie. So did the other critics. Those who see an evil conspiracy behind good reviews on this site should hie themselves off to Roswell before someone else finds the alien graves in Area 51....

  • Aug. 8, 1999, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Negative reviews

    by realfan-3

    I have not seen this film and probably will not. For after the trendy praise of BWP and the trendy skewering of TPM I no longer trust the groupthink on this site. Anyway, check out these reviews from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/movies/reviews/irongiantarthur.htm http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/movies/reviews/irongianthunter.htm

  • Aug. 8, 1999, 11:02 p.m. CST

    GREAT MOVIE!!

    by Sarcasmo

    Wow. I didn't believe the hype. All this Iron Giant stuff was getting on my nerves because the commericals didn't do much and I didn't want to see another kid's movie. I WAS WRONG TO DOUBT THIS MOVIE! Last weekend Stefka and I caught a matinee. The theatre was almost empty but for a few families and let me tell you, that's a damn shame. If you have access to a kid, any kid, TAKE THEM TO SEE THIS MOVIE. I've been recommending it like crazy to my parents, friends, cab drivers... everyone. It really is THAT good, THAT smart, and THAT touching. Thanks Harry. What was going to be a time killer before work ended up being the best movie I've seen in a long time (and let me tell you, as a film student and a movie projectionist I SEE LOTS OF MOVIES). Wow, I'm so excited about this movie I'M USING CAPS. SEE THIS MOVIE - NOW.

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Bad Moon Setting?

    by Armorham

    The two times we see the crescent moon in the movie, I got the impression it was shortly after sunset - but both times it was shaped like a "C" - basic astronomy, folks - the new moon, the one seen right after sunset, is shaped like a "D" - unless this cartoon is in Australia? A trivial point, to be sure, in an excellent movie - and I noticed the 'superman' music when he flew, too - a brilliant touch. Yes, I too sniffed back tears when it was over - and wiped a few away, even. This movie is up there as one the five best in the year, to be sure - with Sixth Sense.

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 2:59 p.m. CST

    HARRY, AREN'T YOU BEING A HYPOCRITE ???

    by darius25

    Harry, not to offend you but I have to ask a question. In your earlier posts, you said that you saw the Iron Giant in the earlier months of this year. You saw Eyes Wide Shut last month. In your EWS review, you said that EWS was the best of movie of 1999, along with Blair Witch Project. If so, then didn't that include the fact that EWS was better than the Iron Giant ? Then, how could Iron Giant be even the best film of the summer, let alone one of the best movies of this decade as you claimed in your report last Sunday ? How could Iron Giant being replaced by EWS, Kubrick's FINAL movie, and NOT a very big hit, be a travesty ?? Please respond as I think that you are giving too much attention to a movie (IG) which is good but not THAT great IMHO.

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 3:02 p.m. CST

    HARRY, AREN'T YOU BEING A HYPOCRITE

    by darius25

    Harry, not to offend you but I have to ask a question. In your earlier posts, you said that you saw the Iron Giant in the earlier months of this year. You saw Eyes Wide Shut last month. In your EWS review, you said that EWS was the best of movie of 1999, along with Blair Witch Project. If so, then didn't that include the fact that EWS was better than the Iron Giant ? Then, how could Iron Giant be even the best film of the summer, let alone one of the best movies of this decade as you claimed in your report last Sunday ? How could Iron Giant being replaced by EWS, Kubrick's FINAL movie, and NOT a very big hit, be a travesty ?? Please respond as I think that you are giving too much attention to a movie (IG) which is good but not THAT great IMHO.

  • 5. The Sixth Sense 4. The Blair Witch Project 3. Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me 2. The Matrix 1. Eyes Wide Shut____ By the way, Pokemon kicks ass!!!

  • Otherwise it's another non-Disney flop (don't get me wrong, a hell of a lot more people should be making animated features than just Disney, but first of all they have to be more than just a copycat...try SUBSTANCE). I can't see how the "no guns" message is any different or "enchanting" than any other animated kids' movie that tries to pitch a moral message. I have a million-to-one bet that the obvious sequel will be another hastily put together direct-to-video crap bucket, something which Warner is in love with a lot lately. Musical numbers or not, I still like The Brave Little Toaster better.

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 7:48 p.m. CST

    The Giant

    by Phread

    Hello harry, This is my first post to your site, tho i have been a long time reader. Ive just returned from seeing The Iron Giant, and from reading reviews here and other places i knew it was going to be a good film. I tried to stay detached from your over the top review and judge this film for myself. Well, All ive got to say is this I want to be superman. This film was simply so.... Right. Im 25 years old and an avid fan of animation, not just any animation but the kind thats not obviously for children, such as the Batman/Superman shows, the recent CGI animated Transformers:Beast Wars, and japanamation. But what i saw in the Iron Giant shows people what cartoons should be like. Ive always been for toons in mainstream Television and Movies, look at the simpsons/futurama/Family Guy while these tend to have a more adult oriented theme, they are loved by millions, yet the media of toons seems to be overlooked by many as childish. People forget 'Heavy Metal' and Japanamation They only remember toons in movies as being too adult such as 'Fritz the cat' or too childish, 'insert any disney movie here' The message in this movie was amazingly simple, and it was delivered without the talking rabbits. I went into the theater and was instantly depressed...i was the only person in the entire show, luckily one other family came in to see it as well, and i got to judge their child's viewpoint. I didnt hear the beautiful things you have heard such as 'I want to be superman' or 'I am not a gun' but i heard genuine laughter and enjoyment from not only the child but the parents. Did i cry? i will freely admit i shead a tear, hearing the Giant speak before the climax, knowing that in everyones heart of hearts, they want to be superman. The Giant shows children how someone can make a choice, how they can choose to be a hero, and not to be afraid. Everyone else, take your kids to the movies again. Be superman.

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Stunned by the IG

    by desslok

    First, let me get this right out of the way - I am the biggest star wars fan in Washington state. This movie changed my life forever. The orignal movie, although flawed has a perfect magical quality about it that I thought could never me matched (certanly not through my cynical 30+ year old eyes)What I am about to say next proves that IG is pure gold: IG is in every way as good as Star Wars.--------- ---------------------------------- It's better than Casablanca, it's better than Ghostbusters, it's better than Jaws, Citizen Kane, Night of the Living Dead, Goldfinger, Back to the Future, Nausica

  • Aug. 9, 1999, 11:15 p.m. CST

    AICN HAS GIANTLY OVERRATED THE IRON GIANT

    by FIDELIO

    I'm going to start out saying that I simply did not find The Iron Giant to be all that great. It was a solid film, entertaining and fun, but I don't see it as more than that. I haven't thought about the film after seeing it, it isn't lingering in my mind, and while I enjoyed watching it, I don't see it as a masterpiece, or even one of the best films I've seen so far this year. Now believe me. I am not a hype killer. The fact that I read the extremely hyped reviews on this site is not making me think negatively on the film. I loved TPM and think that Eyes Wide Shut is one of the best films of the decade. Hype doesn't hinder my opinions. However, I think that if I had gone into the film without Harry and Moriarty's crazed hype, I would have liked it even less. Due to their comments, I analyzed it more than I probably would have. As a animated film, i thought it created a world and characters quite well. And the giant was interesting. However, I was never even remotely emotional (and I do get emotional, nearly tearing in the The Sixth Sense!) and I never got that cool tingly feeling I get when I see movies that really connect with me. The film just didn't do it for me. Now my mediocre review of the film isn't why I'm writing this. It's in response to the way everyone on this site is reacting to the film. Did I see the wrong print? What is going on here? I love to join in with people touting a film as a modern classic, but I'm perplexed here. The film wasn't magical to me. As a matter of fact, I never really believed any of it. The messages didn't speak to me, they seemed on the surface and lame. The story was interesting enough, but nothing more than that. And the ending was predictable. Almost painfully contrived. What is it about this movie that is causing people to call it the best movie of the year and one of the best of the decade? I'd give it 3 stars, a B- on the Entertainment Weekly scale. My friends and I, including one of my friends 7 year old brother, saw the film and I thought the highest about it. One of my friends thought it was terrible. The kids in my theater were noisy, and the film obviously hadn't hooked any of them. No one cheered at anything, and it was a pretty packed theater. Hell, as we walked out, no one was even discussing the film, which usually happens in "classic" films. I'm glad that Harry and others got so much joy out of this movie. More power to them. But for me, I will remain confused until the end of the decade when it shows up on Harry's best of the 90s list. this is a film I will probably have forgotten by next month. I'm still thinking about EWS in the shower. And I saw it opening day. Well, I wish I could've added a new modern classic to my list. As far as animation goes, I'd have to say I like Tarzan even better than this one. Why? I can't say. I don't really want to like a Disney cartoon over this Pete Townshend produced (i'm a huge Who fan), Sci-fi retro E.T. fable, but I did. That sucks for me. guess I'm going to have to wait for Magnolia, the green mile, and the fight club.

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Ain't nothin' wrong with Pokemon!

    by Agent 51

    First off, Harry, I agree with your review of the Iron Giant. But on to my purpose. Don't bash Pokemon before you try it! I work with kids, and after talking to them about Pokemon this, Pokemon that, I actually got into Pokemon! I kind of consider it Transformers for this generation. Ten years from now, kids will sit around talking about Pokemon characters like we do the Transformers, Garbage Pail Kids, and the like. "Remember the big electric bird?" "Yeah Zapdos! I loved Zapdos!" Anyway, just thought I'd post my 2 cents for the first time on the site.... Oh yeah and I for one see how one can turn around on Star Wars a bit... It lost its charm the more I saw it... But I'll still camp in line for Episode II!

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 6:54 a.m. CST

    IG's Imperial March of Rockin Tasty Deliciousness

    by Monkeyfish

    I believe in personal tastes and everything, but IG defies that crap. Anyone who isn't singing its praises either hasn't seen it, is an idiot, or was in that rictus-locked "I will hate this movie" mode, which is the same thing as being an idiot. This is the only movie made in the last, oh, 15 years that has gotten any emotion out of me at all, other than that short lived adrenaline charge you get coming out of something like Matrix or Blade. It would take five aliens, vivisecting me with bonesaws and piano wire for me NOT to enjoy a viewing of this bottle rocket, and I'd still give it a 10 if they left my brain functionial up until the finale.

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Well said

    by emorr

    Yep, I just saw it yesterday, and you're dead-on. It's a shame this film seems to be a throw away when it's much more. I'm an adult and I had to see this alone. It is difficult explaining why this movie is so much better than the overhyped TBWP, which I saw the day before. Movie like this don't get made too much anymore. Unfortunately, the bottom line speaks: these WB guys didn't want to compete with Disney.

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 1:06 p.m. CST

    ONE MORE THING

    by FIDELIO

    I'm adding one more thing: I'm just about fed up with people who get angry at others for disliking a movie that most people like. Just because you didn't like IG doesn't mean you have no soul etc. I personally have not encountered, in person, anyone who has enjoyed this film. My friends despised it, my uncle thought it was boring, and my little cousin thought it was OK. Yet, for some reason, the people on this site are freaking out if they discover someone who can't consider the film a classic. This praise is making me think of film as being even lamer. Was there a subliminal message somewhere in the print that said, "CLASSIC MOVIE, YOU WILL LOVE."

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Protect the future

    by Mil1

    Harry, you are right on about IG. I saw it this weekend with my brother and my husband (two different people, FYI!) and we all loved it. Unfortunately there were only a dozen or so people in the theatre besides us. Thank you for trying to get the word out about this film. I think it's incredibly important to send the studios a message that WE WANT MORE LIKE THIS ONE!!! Please, everyone, tell friends and family about this sweet film. It was refreshing. I can't wait to own it!

  • Aug. 10, 1999, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Perfection

    by NJFILM20

    Man..how to I get my point across about how much I love this movie. I don't remember the last time I felt such a wide range of emotions from a film nevermind a cartoon. This is easily the best movie of the year. You've heard that about every film this year but this one is the real deal. I'd like to thank the film makers for this film. It truly is a gem. I hope word of mouth spreads and this movie takes off. Thats all for now..I'm still at a loss for words.

  • Neither of which are better than Iron Giant! Austin Powers was funny in that "I just got out of high school baby yea.." way, I laughed, I cried, I SAW A BETTER MOVIE, but let me re-state, it WAS funny! Blair witch? It was good, it put me through a real experience but I dont know about it being one of the best films...smart and efficient, well made, believable, but I dont think its ONE OF THE BEST. ..as for the rest..how can you have THE AUDACITY to even have EYES WIDE SHUT in the same sentence as THE MATRIX? Didnt you learn anything this summerschool? The MATRIX sucked! You matrix kids need to get over that shit and allow yourselves the truth, IT SUCKED! I dont know how anyone can say the Iron Giant wasnt better than the matrix...shit, all the movies, gothic clothing stores and Gap commercials where they stole all of that movie from had more artistic integrity than that over budgeted, too long, underwritten, underacted, under developed commercial! The Iron Giant was pure and truly worthy of kid and adult appreciation, it was more than senseless action or toy marketing, or cute eye candy for kids. Beyond its kick ass message it was a clean and fun experience for anyone involved, especially the kids! Im 27 years old, Im very picky when it comes to movies and this movie had me deeply involved and anxious to see what would happen, yea and I also got all choked up with it. Whereas the Matrix had me laughing at all the wrong parts and choked up over the money i spent to see it! Get a clue, old Hong Kong action sequences with guns mixed with a gap commercial with Korn and gothic clothing are not neccesarily good movie formulas! If anything I think Congress should pass a ban on "STUPID MOVIES INVOLVING KEANU REEVES" oh yea, and to TEETHUMS Mr."It's only perfect because of computers, and maybe some pretty backgrounds" cmon now, its no where near a disney flop! This movie had much more of a plot and better characters and NOT ONE STINKING SONG! Give me a break, dont you have anything better to bitch about? oh, well, It's only perfect because of computers, and maybe some pretty backgrounds..I guess it doesnt matter if everything else was so strong, it was the effects! so if the effects sucked then maybe youd be saying "It wouldve been perfect if the effects had been better!" right? I dont get it, most of you bitch cause the movies you like suck except that they have good effects, but once you get a strong story with strong characters and a strong message topped off with strong animation and effects youre lost and you cant recognize its worth because it doesnt SUCK like THE MATRTIX or any of those other WAK films!

  • Aug. 11, 1999, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Thank GOD Disney passed...

    by Kin

    Can you even imagine the horror that musical numbers in this gem of a movie would entail? If Disney would just give up on the lame Broadway-insipid singing, what better movies might they make...

  • Aug. 11, 1999, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Tune in, turn on...

    by MR.CHRISTIAN

    I brought 7 teens (15-17yrs) to a matinee' today and was greatly rewarded. Not only did everyone thoroughly enjoy it, one even went so far as to say it was the best film he has ever seen. I got such a kick out of dragging them with most whining all the way ( I did pay for the whole group) and to have them all leave reflective and smiles and even a few tears. Of course they would never admit it. It was an incredible and memorable event I will cherish for a very long time. *** Other good news was the theater was about half full, mostly with younger kids and parents. But it could signal a turn around from this last weekend. Maybe word 'o' internet is working! One other thing. If this does turn out to be a huge success... If I hear Warner Bros. execs spouting off on this ingenious marketing plan, I'm throwing rotten fruit & vegetables!!!!

  • Aug. 11, 1999, 4:30 p.m. CST

    by Shadow Lord

  • Aug. 11, 1999, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Just took my kids today: good movie, but WB really fumbled the

    by Brendan3

    First I want to say "thank you" to Harry. If it weren't for this site, I probably would not have taken my kids...in fact I probably would not have even heard of the film. It's not the masterpiece everyone is making it out to be, but it's a damn fine film on many levels that both my kids and I enjoyed in different ways and sometimes the same. It's rare to see an animated film that doesn't get too hokey or treat its young audience like imbeciles. The message was simple and, unlike most films, they didn't beat it to death. It's a real shame though that the theatre was mostly empty. I guess those idiotic commercials with the SCORPIONS song "Rock You Like A Hurricaine" (WHY????) kept people away. They have a really good film that critics are raving about and they're marketing it as if it were an afterschool action cartoon. Morons. And as far as marketing tie ins, for which I've seen none, how hard can it be? Disney can sell kids on anything to do with a naked guy in a loincloth and Warner Bros. can't market a giant robot? It's a fuckin' GIANT ROBOT!! Every little kid wants to play with a giant robot, not a god damned naked man! C'mon how hard could it be to market to kids? Morons,morons,morons. They have a pot of gold in front of them and they've chosen to piss in it.

  • Aug. 11, 1999, 11:40 p.m. CST

    to the converted

    by tigerbus

    hard to believe i waited so long to see iron giant since i was sold on it the moment i saw the poster, but... it was great. after a whole afternoon spent hearing about mass shootings it was even more touching. i firmly believe that great work will find it's audience over time. it would be a shame if the movie didn't rock the box office in the coming weeks, but i'm just glad iron giant exists.

  • Aug. 12, 1999, 10:53 a.m. CST

    It's over now and I have proof

    by Cineman

    My local theater already has The Iron Giant and Dick sharing a screen, with Iron Giant only playing 3 times a day only in its second weekend in release. There is not turning back from that folks, sorry.

  • Aug. 12, 1999, 8:57 p.m. CST

    WB Conspiracy to sink Iron Giant

    by Mr. Ho Ho

    What do you do with "The Iron Giant" when you're a studio exec at Warner? You've ostensibly got a good-karma kid's movie on your hands...let's beat Disney at their own game.--- .--- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .-- .- -.- -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-but wait, disney movies have messages like "being selfless is good" "true love is rewarded" "honesty and virtue lead to honor" .-.-.-.-.-. .-.-.-.-.-. .-.-.-. .-.-.- .-.-.-.THIS movie has a message that "guns are bad" "killing is bad" and it also sort of exposes a neurotic xenophobia embodied in our military-industrial empire. These are troubling issues, not "feel-good" issues. Do you want to take a chance and be the studio behind bringing up this sort of issue in a KID'S MOVIE? .-. -.-. -.-. -.-. -.-. -.- -.-. -.- -.-. -.-. -.-no. so you sink it. give the marketing to an intern. spend a couple hundred thousand maybe.

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 7:35 a.m. CST

    That Giant Robot made me cry...

    by nipper

    Tears=good movie? I usually resist not just Disney animated films, but Disney-fied movies, such as E.T. which seem overly-manipulative and built around the sole quest of making you cry. Like those McDonald's commercials that show the dad watching his little girl grow up. I might cry but the whole time I'm thinking this is total corporate garbage. I hate myself for being manipulated by this. But the Iron Giant is different. It is effective and powerful not because it's simplisitically sentimental but because the message is complex yet stated in a beautifully simple way. The character of the Giant is wonderful. He gets to ya. Harry you were right comparing him to Karloff and Kong. People have compared this movie to E.T., but the Giant is far more complex than E.T. E.T. was a non-threatening expression of pure good. The Giant has a dark side. He is introduced as a terrifying monster. When his eyes went red it was scary. He is programmed as a weapon but he moves beyond his engineering to attain a more noble purpose. This movie is really about technology and our capacity to use it either for good or for evil. It is not as simple as "guns are bad," "Superman is good." By the way, I think anyone who brings up the Nazis or Pol Pot while discussing the plot of a children's movie has exposed themselves as a complete moron. Genocide should not be reduced to a debating ploy.

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Imperfect but nonetheless wonderful

    by Incarnadine

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It wasn't absolutely perfect...the government guy was a bit too over-the-top for my tastes. Though even that worked for me on some level...the fact that, for all his insane ranting, he actually had a point about the Giant being a threat. And I got the impression that he didn't so much work for the Department of Investigating the Paranormal as he did the Department of Humoring Crackpots. Anyway, that and one or two other quibbles aside, there was a lot more right with this movie than there was wrong with it. One of the best movies I've seen this year, surely. And certainly the best Superman story I've ever seen.

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Best movie I've seen in years

    by treefrog

    There are certain movies or writers that you fall in love with and when you discover someone that doesn't feel the same way, you realize that's someone that you just don't want in your life. This movie is at the top of that very small list. Warner Brothers should be ashamed for doing such a terrible marketing job. And the stores have very little toys and the ones they have are hidden. None of the book stores have the book out by the front door. My boyfriend and I drove all over Los Angeles looking for the toy and the book. We finally found the toy he wanted and the book out in Culver City. If this film doesn't pick up more buisiness I'm going to be really depressed.

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 1:46 p.m. CST

    A FANTASTIC movie...

    by rochambeau

    To each his own, and I'm sure that nothing appeals to everyone, but I've seen IG twice, and I love it. It's funny, beautiful, and touching without being sappy (I agree that Disney would've ruined it)................ For the posters gleefully pointing to it's commercial failure, I can only ask "does that make it a bad movie?" Of course not. Would you rather that every animated feature was made by Disney? Do you enjoy buying the soundtracks sung by Phil Collins?............. 2 points: I agree with the person who said that WB dropped the ball with the marketing - what absolute idiots. I haven't seen the "Rock Me Like A Hurricane" spots, thank God, I'd probably vomit. 2nd point: I agree that the Gov't dude was too over-the-top. But still, a magical, beautiful movie............I don't try to dig too deep into the moral points or purpose of the movie - I think the scene with Hogarth explaining souls to the giant is wonderful, and I'm not religious in the least. This film DESERVES all of the praise it's getting, IMHO.

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 3:40 p.m. CST

    iron giant

    by suemouse

    This is the best movie this year. I cannot add anything else to thw (mostly) wonderful comments here already. I love a perfect movie!

  • Aug. 13, 1999, 5:40 p.m. CST

    hardly a masterpiece

    by budgreen

    IG is a good cartoon that's all that it is. after watching it, I thought its Giant to Hogarth relationship was remarkably similar to the T2's Terminator to John relationship. especially with the not killing and sacrifice theme. sometimes, I even think they pulled it off bettin in T2. Iron Giant is pretty well animated. Its story has its good moments, but also moments you really couldn't care for. its really unfortunate that they chose an ending (in the epilogue) that has decreased the significance of the climax. IG follows a formula, the hollywood formula that is. It doesn't go far enough to be considered a classic. It doesn't break new ground storywise.

  • Aug. 14, 1999, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Deserted Theater

    by Lord Shell

    Sigh. I saw IG today in an (unfortunately) nearly deserted theater. I thought it easily blew away any of the Disney films in recent years. A pity it won't be around long. I wish those cocksmokers at WB had given this film a real chance.

  • Aug. 15, 1999, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Response to maccabe

    by Batguy

    I don't expect evryone who sees this movie to like it, let alone love it like I, Harry, and several other people who were willing to give it a chance. But to hurl things at it such as to accuse it of being "PC", "self-indulgent," or "overly preachy" sound like the words of someone who just refuses to agree with ANY majority because they have to play the part of the rebel. I'm sorry, but what do you have to gain by slamming this movie here, in this forum? There has not been a lot out there this summer, and, IMHO, 'Iron Giant' was one of 4 movies that might have been worth the price of admission.

  • Aug. 16, 1999, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant: Thumb's up from The Sith!

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    Just saw that flick this past weekend with my big bro'. No, it didn't make me wanna cry, and yes, the plot bore more then a passing resemblance to E.T., but so what? It rocked! Great dialog, supurb animation, interesting characters and best of all, NO SENSELESS MUSICAL INTERLUDES! ARE YOU LISTENING, DISNEY?!?! I hope to Belldandy that it doesn't bomb, but it sure looks like it's headed that way. *Sigh*. Now the Mouse House will point at it's failure and say, "See? It ain't reelly uh kartoon without annoying sidekicks an' lotz 'o pointless singing like in uh Elvis movie! Haw haw!" Vegitables.

  • Aug. 16, 1999, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Dean Moriarty question

    by MLS

    Is Dean in "The Iron Giant" somehow a take off the character Dean Moriarty, in Kerouac's "On the Road"? It's the 50s thing, and the article even mentions Moriarty. I would love to know more, if anyone else has some info.

  • Aug. 16, 1999, 10:32 p.m. CST

    MLS and the Kerouac question

    by Brendan3

    I'm sure the beatnik Dean character was a direct reference or at least an homage to the character from ON THE ROAD. If you see the film again (theatre or video) take a look at the wall in his place at the junkyard in the scene where he's having coffee with Hogarth. Just over his shoulder on the wall is an oversized poster of Jack Kerouac with his name emblazoned across his picture.

  • Aug. 17, 1999, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Brendan3

    by MLS

    There are a few things in the film that point to beat stuff and relate to beat philosphies, so thanks for pointing that out about the Kerouac poster. Now I'm really curious about how far the Dean Moriarty character might have come into the film, or whether I'm just reading too much into it. Anyway, thanks. And that's a nice review, Harry.

  • Aug. 17, 1999, 9:38 p.m. CST

    It was good

    by funklord

    I saw it finally....It was good, a very good movie. It was certainly a movie, and not just a cartoon. My only complaint was that it was quite a bit heavy handed at points. Otherwise pretty good entertainment.

  • Aug. 18, 1999, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Giant

    by Calenril

    I saw this film two days ago and it still moves me to think about it. This is truly one of the greats. Go. See it.

  • Aug. 18, 1999, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Rubel

    Saw IG today, and just want to say: Harry, thanks. This movie is so refreshing. It has been so long since I saw a movie with a great message, good for kids, yet never dull. There was not a single moment during the movie where I was not entertained. So many perfect touches, like the way Hogarth answers the phone, and the squirrel in Dean's pants (hehe). And yes, the ending had me strenuously fighting back tears. All in all, this is right up there with EWS as the best movies this summer.

  • Aug. 19, 1999, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I love The Iron Giant

    by jwr

    First I must say I only found this site because I've been looking for Iron Giant stuff on the web-being obsessed with the movie since I first saw it! Next I want to say that Harry's review pretty well sums up my feelings for this classic. I was surprised to find some negative comments on this site. How can you not love the movie? What's so funny bout peace, love, and understanding? I mean someone said that the storyline was too PC. What does that mean? You want more movies that promote violence-because that is the way it is in the real world? This movie is idealistic in many ways, I must say. If you have a strong destaste for trying to be better or making the world better, you will probably not like it. If so I can understand you not liking this film. Heck, I don't really mind people not liking a film I love. It happens all the time. Certainly not everyone loves Casablanca, 2001, or Citizen Cane, or Schindler's List or Annie Hall, etc. And some peoples favorite movie might be Casino Royale. Heck I myself don't much enjoy Gone With the Wind, or Godfather, though it is easy to see the art in them. And I for one did not at all like Eyes Wide Shut, which is apparently a favorite on this site. But for many reasons I do Love Iron Giant. It does hurt that some folk have been exceptionally negative towards the movie, but perhaps you are just having a strong reaction to our passion about it. Sure, you may not like it, but can you see why we love it? Some one talked about the tingles that they get at seeing a personal classic. I got those three time so far at Iron Giant! I'm sorry it didn't do it for you though. I keep thinking about Columbine and the choices people make. Anyway again, great review of the movie Harry Jay Knowles! I'll check out your thoughts on some of the other movies on the site list.

  • Aug. 19, 1999, 7:53 p.m. CST

    It works for all ages...

    by jaxclone

    I am, admittedly, the type of guy who goes to see a movie for an emotional experience. I especially love films that run the whole range of emotions. That said, I have to say that Iron Giant is easily the best film of 1999 so far, and it is because it's the complete package...fantastic animation, great story, and a total emotional experience. Amazingly, it takes on a political spin, and doesn't candy-coat it or waffle in any way. I think from the political angle, it speaks volumes to the cause of common sense. My wife and I took my 3 year old daughter and 2 1/2 year old son to see this movie, and it stuck with them, even at their ages. My son has been repeating the "I am not a gun" line ever since we left the theater, and my daughter (the birightest bulb in our entire family) continually asks questions about issues in the movie. My wife never had much to say about the movie, but then again, she thought Deep Blue Sea was a great movie....go figure. As for me, I felt like a kid for the entire 80 minutes. I also cried like a baby.

  • Aug. 20, 1999, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Far from Suckage

    by X-Ed

    MACCABEE was right when it was stated this flick is "PC". All the way. Maybe even a little to, shall we say progressive. BUT! overall it is wonderful, compelling family entertainment. By the way, no kid in the 50s said "Wigged Out".

  • Aug. 20, 1999, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Bright side of bad Marketing...

    by Phread

    Hey...cheer up gang...at least we know it will be out on video pretty quickly ;) This is definately one to put in your collection ;)

  • Aug. 21, 1999, 8:56 p.m. CST

    to "phread"

    by spooks

    im glad you liked it so much phread-- the problem with your comment about "at least we'll be able to get it on video quickly"... is that when it doesnt do well in the theaters--it gets harder and harder for us to make these types of films. again ,im glad that you dug it so. -----------------spooks

  • Aug. 22, 1999, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Hi Steve

    by cyt

    Just saw it with the kids yesterday. It was great! Where else can you see an animated character sitting on the toilet? Thank god there was no cute side-kick type to ruin the movie nor annoying singing (a la disney).

  • Aug. 22, 1999, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Another big fan

    by limbo

    Loved The Iron Giant! This and The Sixth Sense (and Matrix, too, but for different reasons) are two of the best movies I've seen in awhile. I'm still stunned by how incredibly *human* both of these movies are, and how they actually aspire to some deeper meaning. I'm as sick of Hollywood, Phantom Menace-y crap as anymore, but man, these movies give me hope. I think the people crying behind me in both movies (been awhile since I've heard it that obviously in ANY movie) would agree.

  • Aug. 24, 1999, 1:49 a.m. CST

    The Land of Oz

    by NaLaR

    hi, i was wondering, does anyone know when or if IRON GIANT will be realised in australia? if so please email me at: eeek76@hotmail.com

  • Aug. 25, 1999, 2:58 p.m. CST

    I loved it, except...

    by Daredevil

    I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this movie. Everything except for on scene. The scene in which someone blatantly inserted an anti-hunting message was completly unneeded. It's not even subtle either. What was worse is it tainted the last 20 minutes of the movie for me. Up to that point I had a grin on my face, loving the story. They throw that crap in and it makes it a lot harder to smile for the rest of the movie. I just wish I could have chosen to go relieve myself at that moment and not ruined a little bit of the magic of that movie.

  • Aug. 25, 1999, 3:23 p.m. CST

    BOYCOTT "BROKEDOWN PALACE"

    by SMACKAVELI

    JOIN THE BOYCOTT! DO 'NOT' WATCH THE NEW MOVIE "BROKEDOWN PALACE'S" STARRING THE "PERSONA NON GRATA" herself, "CLAIRE DANES" [Celebrities are saying they will 'not' go see the Claire Danes' new movie, Brokedown Palace's. Bruce Willis, Oprah, Denzel Washington, Rosie O'Donnel are just the few celebrities who publicly declared that they'll join the boycott. "I can only hope she chokes on it." said Oprah, talking about Ms. Claire Danes' acerbic tongue] --People's Magazine ["Claire Danes might want to take a few public speaking classes next semester at Yale." said Hollywood producer Glenn Klein. The 20-year-old actress turned freshman is being sharply criticized for comments she made about Manila, Philippines where she filmed her current movie Brokedown Palace.]--CNN Showbiz [The city council of Manila voted 3 weeks ago to ban all movies featuring Claire Danes because the actress dissed the Philippine city in the current issue of Premiere Magazine. "She is declared persona non grata," councilor Kim Atienza tells the Associated Press. At Magazine issue is Danes' public recollection of the months she spent in Manila earlier this year while shooting scenes for Brokedown Palace in a dilapidated mental hospital. The city "just f--king smelled of cockroaches," she told Premiere Magazine. "There's no sewage system in Manila, and people have nothing there. People with, like, no arms, no legs, no eyes, no teeth.. Rats were everywhere." This wasn't the first time Danes had spoken out against Manila; in the April issue of Vogue Magazine she described it as "a ghastly and weird city." But this time, Atienza and his colleagues had had enough.]--Newsweek Magazine [Philippine President Joseph Estrada, a former movie star, said he believes Hollywood actress Claire Danes should be banned from entering the Philippines for having disparaged the country's capital. "She should not be allowed to come here. She should not even be allowed to set foot here," Estrada said Thursday in reaction to a decision by Manila's city council Tuesday to declare Miss Danes "persona non-grata" and ban all her movies from being shown in the city.] --Manila Bulletin ["She deserved to be banned" said Tom Hanks "Those are irresponsible, bigoted and sweeping statements Claire Danes made."] on an interview in Entertainment Tonight [Claire Danes' reported comments have also been widely debated in newspaper columns and editorial pages, with some newspapers castigating the actress including New York Times and the Washington Post.] on CNN Showbiz show by reporter Shiela Schultz ["Her remarks were uncalled for." Lisa Kudrow said] MTV 1515 News [Claire Danes were known as an actress with a bad attitude. "She(Claire Danes) seems to be a very rude actress especially towards the movie set crew staff and her make-up artist"] explained "Romeo & Juliet" Assistant Director Richard Meyers In a statement released last week, the actress attempted to clarify her position. "Because of the subject matter of our film Brokedown Palace, the cast was exposed to the darker and more impoverished places of Manila. My comments in Premiere Magazine only reflect those locations, not my attitude towards the Filipino people. They were nothing but warm, friendly, and supportive." But nobody seems to be accepting Claire Danes' apology. Atienza dismissed the statement as an "excuse made by Danes' Hollywood agents and not a genuine apology."

  • Aug. 25, 1999, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I wept like a baby!

    by QuatermassX

    Thank the maker that Harry alerted me to this film! A wickedly simple story, beautifully embellished by a thousand small details, the Iron Giant is on my "Favourites" list! Did anyone else notice the flyer's cap and goggles that Hogarth wears throughout the film, the "absent" father, and the picture of a man getting into a fighter plane by Hogarth's beside? Little, allusive touches ...

  • Aug. 25, 1999, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant Review

    by 4pies

    I agree wholeheartedly. I spent Sunday afternoon with my friend Pam who is a buyer for the entire S.E. United States for AMC Cinemas. She was amazed that once again Warner Brothers Distribution has managed to let a great film fizzle into oblivion. Their ads in the Los Angeles Times have dwindled to 1/8th page. It amazes me that the people in the business of selling movies obviously have no love for the magic a movie can accomplish. I have not talked to one person who has seen this film and not been blown away...transported to a place and time within a child's heart.....a heart that still beats in all of us, no matter how old we become. Keep up the good work Harry. Your fan in La La Land Tori

  • Aug. 29, 1999, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Love for the Iron Giant

    by questman

    I lover & I went to see it yesterday. Each time I have seen this file, I am affected more so then before. I have forgotten how many times I have seen this film til I was talking to a friend and I have seen it about 5 to 6 times. Once was the sneak peak, another was on my own, and the rest with friends. I do not fell less passion for this movie each time I see it, I Love it more. It has a lot of cool stuff like the idea of having your own robot. Not just any robot but a Giant one. I still have that side of me that movies like this speak to. I first thought the it will be a cool animated Flick. Boy Was I Wrong. I is now my favorit film. It was a tie between the Adventures of Baron Muchaousen (I an not sure if the is spelled right so if it isn't, sorry.) and the Rocketter. They are now 2nd. One of the things that made this an great movie was how the repeatedly showed you how impressive the Iron Giant is. Like when Hogoarth (the boy befriender ;-)) tries to have him say rock, the Giant reaches over Hogarth (and almost us watching) and picks up a Bolder. Brad Bird (the Director and Writer) never let you slip back to this world. You are in Awe of this guy. And Hogarth is fantastic. Through out the whole movie, he is still a boy. He grows up a little while with the Giant, but he does not magicly become the savior of the world like is the case with a lot of "family" films. They creat this elaboret sceam or way out there trap. He is a boy who has a friend the he cares about. The Giant cares for Hogarth too. And you see that as the movie progresses. You know that He Loves Hogarth. This being from out of space is a Machine on the out side but a for a lack of a better work, humanistic force that hugs you with warmth. I could go on but This is a must see film. I will be in the Greates films of all time (at the least for me). You have to see this film. Plan and simple. This film is truely a rare event for a movie goer.

  • Aug. 31, 1999, 2:56 p.m. CST

    The Capalert review

    by LadyHawke

    Iron Man* (PG) - A Good Family Show with a Little "edge to it" *Iron Man* was a good story of unselfishness. It even contained some programming attesting to the omnipotence of God. Some footage showed the characters looking to the Heavens in a subservient way and even included some dinner time prayer, albeit a little off focus and with a false heart. I can just hear some folks saying "Gimme a break!" about this analysis. I mean, Great Scott! A Red CAPAlert light for a kid's show!? All I can say is the very same numeric analysis model used on movies in 1995/96 was used on *Iron Giant*. This movie is a perfect example of the ratings game and fortifies the findings of Pastor Wayne Wilson[1]: that the MPAA rating system is like the willow tree, not the oak; that it "bends with the winds of our culture." And *Iron Giant* corroborates the invasive claim of Amy Pascal, president of Columbia Pictures: "Kids are so much hipper and more sophisticated than they used to be that younger kids want to see stuff that has a little edge to it."[1] Each example of aberrant behavior may seem minor, but the number of them made the numeric magnitude (the cell height for the statisticians) of the Impudence/Hate cell equivalent to some of the lesser R-rated movies of 1995/96. Thus, the overall influence is as great, almost invisibly but as great. Maybe this is another example of how the movie makers are learning, admittedly so, to use the MPAA rating system -- give kids what they want but make it appear non-offensive to Mom/Dad. Kids are smart, folks. They know what is going on. While the movie contained no gratuitous nudity it did show Hogarth, the starring lead character, on the commode with as much skin exposed as would be expected of someone sitting on a commode, and he was so situated to prevent Mom (a single parent) from finding out something he was trying to hide from her. In some places language was rough. Of course, the MPAA defines this kind of language as "conversational snippets" but any use of profane words is wrong [Col. 3:8 and others]. Violence, especially warfare aggression was a little graphic at times. And focusing so much attention on nuclear holocaust and nuclear warfare was not necessary. Why must the producers bring such reality to such a young audience unless they are trying the "You'll thank me when you're older" tease [Matt 25:40]? A by-chance mentor of Hogarth did not notify the boy's mother when he should have. A less-than-nice government official drugged Hogarth to control him --> b-a-d man! Also, a by-chance junkyard custodian mentor of Hogarth made a dangerous medical assessment. He said Hogarth was okay while the boy was unconscious from a great fall -- a most risky thing for a child in the audience to hear. After 12 years in emergency medical services, I can attest that is a possibly very seriously wrong assessment. A couple times Hogarth engages in verbal confrontation with his mother and is portrayed as wise enough to handle life without parental involvement which was, of course, justified by the prevalent conditions: by the trumped-up "message" from Hollywood.

  • Sept. 1, 1999, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I FINALLY saw The Iron Giant...

    by Agent Mulder

    ...and it was incredible. Amazing. Wonderful. There are still moments in that movie that I can't recall aloud without feeling like I'm about to choke back tears. The only bad part about the experience was the father and his two sons who sat across the aisle from me -- right at the point where Hogarth and the Giant head to the scrapyard for the first time, one of the kids retched up his popcorn all over the floor. The father promptly grabbed both his kids and hightailed it out of the theatre, never to return. I had to watch the rest of the movie knowing in the back of my mind that there was a puddle of puke drying a mere few feet away, while my roommate, who is a puke-phobic and luckily missed the whole incident (because otherwise he probably would have made us leave, too), kept watching obliviously. It's a testament to The Iron Giant's power that I was able to be in involved in the flick as I was. When it was over, we stumbled out to the lobby, unable to speak, so moved were we by what we had seen unspool on screen. "Best movie of the summer" he announced. "You think?" I said, my mind reeling. He looked at me point blank: "Can you think of a better one?"

  • Sept. 3, 1999, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Saw it again last night...

    by mondoz2

    It still rules.. Most movies, when seen for the second, third, etc. time will not have the same grasp on you. You don't have to pay as much attention to the story, and you get a chance to look around, relax, and just take it all in... There were so many things I meant to watch for (picture of the father on the nightstand and other things), but I was so engrossed by the story again, that I totally forgot... I haven't seen a movie before that did this to me. This one was just as captivating the second time around... Wow... And on another note, I had to drag a friend of mine to go see it. She is a complete Di$ney addict, and didn't want to see anything animated that wasn't ordained by Walt himself. After the movie was over, she actually admitted that she liked Iron Giant. I think it actually caused her physical pain to admit that, and she will have to go seek forgivness at her local Di$ney store, but she admitted she liked it!

  • Sept. 3, 1999, 11:24 p.m. CST

    iron giant

    by NEO101

    im in total agreement with your review. iron giant is one of the best films ive seen in years, the only problem i had with it is i thought it should have ended with the statue scene , that was such a strong,emotional moment that the rest of the movie seemed anticlimatic just to give it a happy ending , or they could have just eluded to the giants return by showing the piece the kid had glowing.....but thats ok cause it was such a terrific movie....also one of my faviorite scenes is when hes fixing the railroad and trying to line it up perfectly and he squints, how great was that! what character

  • Jan. 20, 2000, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Iron Man's Human Heart

    by monolith

    Whoever said that IM takes them back to their chidhood was right-I feel like 10 again! Its a brillient movie without the usual Disney(shiver!)crappy sentiment that ruins American animation. As an Irishman, its refreshing to see an american movie about the fifties that shows the parinoia and xenaphobia of the time rather than the "Marty mc fly" high school dance cliche that American studios keep feeding the world (and themselves!)And talking about studios WB has done a great job of NOT TELLING ANYONE ABOUT THIS MOVIE!I did'nt hear about this movie in "Premier" or any american magazine, WHY! All we got last summer was that piece of S**t "Wild wild West"! "Burger King" tie ins, Will smith video and crappy song, and wall to wall ads. And for IM NOTHING! What the F**k are WB on, is there anyone in Hollywood with a brain? (stupid question-this is the studio that gave us that stillborn abomination "Avengers")Just to put a smile on anyones face, "Iron Man" is regarded as a masterpiece over here, and not a single bad review, in fact all the critics are yelling at everyone to SEE THIS MOVIE! Which is a masterpiece of storytelling (even if it is a retelling of The christ story, ET and Superman!)so what, any movie where you can praise that walking haircut Jenifer Aniston contains genius! 10/10, A beautiful movie about love and sacrifice and what its like to be a kid again.Loved it, First DVD i am gonna buy!

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    He just wanted to be loved.

    by Wolfpack

  • July 11, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    good, solid movie

    by just pillow talk

    Methinks you'll be hearing more from Brad Bird. I've been to the future gents, mark my word monolith.