Oct. 23, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST
Sounds like you had a lot of baggage with this one, Harry. That leaves me kind of hopeful.
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:37 p.m. CST
and nobody under the age of say, 30 really knows what Astro Boy is, so why did they even bother with this movie?
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST
It back in August and September..and just NOW you get around to review it..Boy talk about Ain't It Fucking SLOW as Shit News....
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
Without the cool shit.
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
...played with the look of the old, b/w grainy cartoon. Those inky blacks...so beautiful...
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST
Introduce a niche character from a half a century ago, show none of what made him badass, and instead create an origin story that will ensure that we get nothing more of a sequel than some DTV tripe. Greeeaaattt. Count me out.
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST
The jokes are kinda lame. And the other kid characters just make it seem groan inducing. Didn't Astro have some other girl character designed by Tezuka that they could've used? The character designs don't even seem consistent. Also they Americanized this up too much I think as far as humor goes. For example the butt cannon scene is funny... but then they go and perfectly ruin it by having Astro turn around and say "I have guns in my... butt?!" LAME! It worked better as a random pop out thing, that should've happened then then moved on to another ass kicking move. Going and saying what just happened is redundant and instead of just being a surprise visual gag makes the audience stop and think about how ludicrous it is when they shouldn't need to. It needs to be more Looney Tooney. Not whatever the hell this is that passes for children's cartoon comedy these days to play it safe. But maybe kids like it. It doesn't look like it's for me either. But I hope they do a better job on Gatchaman.
Oct. 23, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST
when you're shown a film early, if you don't like it - they tend to embargo you till the day of release.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
In the future, please make movies just for Harry Knowles; emjoyment.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST
Vs. Ebert's Hate of 3-D. Let the fight begin!
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST
That movie WAS in 3-D and it was awesome.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST
Some of the same political undertones and Astro dealing with a lot of the same feelings of rejection and loss, it appears. I really dug that. Anybody play the GBA game based off that series? God that was an amazing title. Anyway..
Astro Boy = Dark and Emotional in tone, so Harry hates it Where the Wild Things Are = Dark and Emotional in tone so Harry declares it the best movie of the year
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
Way to come off as THE Comic-Book-Guy douchebag!!! "This film did not appeal to my ultra-hyper-focused opinion, based upon the manga that only three other people on the planet have read. HOW DARE they try to make it accessible?!?!" And by the way--- How about ACTUALLY REVIEWING THE FUCKING MOVIE?!?! You know: Visuals, voice work, plot points--- THE STUFF REAL REVIEWERS DO.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST
about asshole boy. I'm super, super serial.
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST
part astro, part boy and part manbearpig? EXCELSIOR!
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST
I did not get into astro boy, it was not my cup of tea so there like 99% me forgetting about this in a few mins. Anyways "Just wasn't Astro boy enough" Thats a good one Harry!
Oct. 23, 2009, 4:59 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...except for the impossible hair a creepy animaged-Real-Doll-for-pederasts aspect of the character. I'm looking forward to being dumb enough to enjoy the film! If only it had been called "Indestructable Pussy." Then Harry would have gone in with the proper expectations, and it would probably quadruple the opening weekend box office.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...sorry about all the typos. And I'm not even drunk (yet).
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST
Dick In Ass.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:13 p.m. CST
Give me that instead. Though I'm sure Hollywood would fuck it up somehow.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST
...telling us what you wish the movie would have been...seriously. I thought you mostly only reviewed movies you like anyways now. Why bother to tell us how meh you thought it was and what you were wanting?<br><br>No one cares what a fanboy's wet dream for his pet project is. Why don't you get the fact that they do not make films for fanboys. The fanboy audience for a given property is so fucking insignificant and infinitesimal. Hollywood gives fuck all about you.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:28 p.m. CST
... the Astro Boy producers should have offered Harry more and better pwesents.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST
He just cried about how it wasn't what he expected. How the FUCK does that help anyone decide if they want to see the movie or not? Retard.
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST
Seriously. I never really followed manga or anime. SO WHATS IT ABOUT???
Oct. 23, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST
I am so sick and fucking tired of liberal bullshit.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:01 p.m. CST
Astro Boy? great. USA to Astro Boy we didn't give a flying flip when top flight directors remade Speed Racer, what makes you think anyone cares to see you? First your father rejects you, now the ticket buying public, perhaps you will find acceptance in the Walmart $5 DVD bin.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST
by Adelai Niska
That's how Harry's reviews work. It's odd that he hated Transformers (1) because it wasn't a sweet movie about a boy and his car, yet Astro Boy sucks because it's not "cocky, baddass, and full of excuses for fighting." Talk about screwed-up expectations.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:13 p.m. CST
Can't you be objective?
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
Quit wasting time on kids' movies. Where's the review for SAW?
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:39 p.m. CST
Read it - its the Manga writer/artist behind 20th CENTURY BOYS' reinterpretation of the classic "GREATEST ROBOT ON EARTH" arc from the original Astro Boy; basically a Phillip K. Dick interpretation of the Astro Boy world. Its a fantastic adaptation and reimagining of Tezuka's character.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST
Actually - as a life long fan of ASTRO BOY it kinda is what I want. As the person writing, it is always what I want to feel, like and hate. That's the point of writing your thoughts upon something, to express a singular point of view.
Oct. 23, 2009, 6:59 p.m. CST
The movie was called Astro Boy, and it kinda looked like Astro Boy... but that wasn't Astro Boy. Not by a long shot. Other non-Americans will know what I mean when I say the movie was TOO American.
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST
or whomever the fuck as the "leading" animators because that some bullshit!<p>Ponyo came and went in theaters because I suspect it wasn't another american made animated toon, same can be siad about AstroBoy!<p>Monsters vs. Aliens, Cloudy with Meatballs, and Ice Age basically has the same plots and tone and yet those movies seem to get passes and of course made money!<p>My point is I'll support this just as I did for Ponyo, so my imagination and taste buds don't get stale on another Dreakworks production!
Oct. 23, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST
by Bouncy X
i realize its based on a japanese show and comic but the movie was made by americans, produced by americnas, written by americans and stars(mostly) americans....of course it'll feel american.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:10 p.m. CST
and back then I watched it religiously, and I remember the show as being pretty bleak and the character somewhat of a sad case. Even in his greatest achievements there was always an underlying tone of sadness. At least that's how it felt when I was a kid. While I remember it was always cool to see him kick ass, Astroboy was never a 'bad ass'.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:17 p.m. CST
by Mel Garga
Most Americans will agree with me that non-Americans who make smart ass elitist comments about things being too American generally come off as too dickhead. Sorry we ruined your precious Astro Boy. Maybe next time our execs will test-market advanced screenings to more non-Americans and get their feedback first.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST
Here in one review. "The movie I had in my head was so much cooler than the one they made." Well, sir, and this goes especially for sombody like Harry...THEN GO MAKE THAT MOVIE, SO YOU CAN BE HAPPY. What the hell happened to watching the movie, and doing your part as an audience to take in what they give you and try to be transported by it. This isn't to say you have to like everything, Hell no! It means you stop taking ten billion pounds of "I know this property SOOOOO much better than the people who made it," and just try to take in the movie that this time an effort have gone into. The minute somebody tells me about some movie and says, "y'know, what it SHOULD have been..." I know, right at that moment, their opinion is absolute bullshit.
Oct. 23, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST
It does make me feel better in the fact that I can appreciate the movie and someone who has NO connection to the films bullshit idea.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Everything about this movie looks horrible. But I hate this bull shit attitude people have about American made animated movies. I saw Ponyo in theaters and it sucked. It was boring and in the end pointless. Just because it's not made in the US doesn't make it instantly "amazing" it has to actually be good. Anyway Astro Boy has to be better than Transformers 2 so whatever.
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST
That was the singular thing that made THE DARK KNIGHT so endlessly enjoyable and made Heath Ledger immortal...The Joker comes out of nowhere, with no other explanation for his existence other than what his twisted mind wanted to create on the spot for his terrified audience.<p> Y'see...there's this wacky thing called "exposition" that true writers are hung up on...the less, the better. Makes those lazy pricks called "readers" or "moviegoers" work harder, and (funnily enough) they actually LIKE it...
Oct. 23, 2009, 9:59 p.m. CST
I think it's perfectly valid what Harry is writing. It's not so much he's being a frustrated writer and saying, "I wanted them to tell this story I like." He's making the point that for MANY years the depth and tone of most Japanese animation gets watered down when brought to the US, because the thought is "well American audiences won't get it." But Harry feels Us audiences probably are sophisticated enough for a more accurate take on the original Tezuka creation and probably would have enjoyed it more instead of crafting it more to the expectations of what animated features do here.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST
you guys would be saying it was the best ever regardless of story.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST
That pretty much what I wanted to say! I couldn't agree more!<p>Everytime Pixar releases a movie its gets universal praise and the words 'genuis and breath-taking' is always thrown about!<p>And for the twit who called Ponyo a bad, boring movie really needs to get his head outta his his ass!
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:39 p.m. CST
It's useless for anyone with blindness in one eye, and for the rest of us it's a strain on our eyes. Only the young and/or stupid enjoy it. I'm quite sick of hearing about it like it's something good.
Oct. 23, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST
...I gleaned nothing but comic book guy snobbery from your review Harry. Don't get me wrong, I didn't like it any more than you did, but your reviews are increasingly reading like childish, selfish pablum instead of criticism. It comes off as lazy, and that's mostly the reason I don't come around here much anymore.
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST
where you have to wear those glasses. Perfect for drive-ins but overall boring now!
Oct. 23, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST
Do you ever wonder why fanboys get a bad name? It's because they go to see a movie in which a character deals with mature concepts like loss and familial acceptance ... and they walk out of the theater saying "Man, it sure would've been awesome if ASTRO BOY had been a cocky bad-ass punching tentacle aliens, instead of all that boring stuff with his dad!" "Man, I sure do wish he had shot things and screamed and exploded and punched stuff more, instead of dealing with other people!" "Man, I hated how Astro Boy acted like a human being, instead of being an indestructible bad-ass!" "Man, he wasn't bad-ass enough - he should've had glowing red eyes, fangs, chrome and lasers that exploded women's tits!" "Yeah, and he should've had a cock gun!" What Harry wrote above is why people hate fanboys, and why Hollywood doesn't make movies for them. I loved ASTRO BOY, as I loved the original series-es. They are two different animals, made for different purposes. Go watch BIG MAN JAPAN for more of the same that you seem to want, Harry. Very disappointed by this review of yours. You can do better when you don't let your fanboy out.
Oct. 24, 2009, 12:03 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...I must say.
Oct. 24, 2009, 2:21 a.m. CST
And you wonder why people hate Americans. Fuckwit.
Oct. 24, 2009, 2:55 a.m. CST
Oct. 24, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST
The perspective being mine, I loved the movie and thought it stayed true to the 80's series I grew up with. Critics say the film's too derivative, but the show aped classic stories too, example: the Robio & Robiette episode. Plus the show was more emotional than action-packed, and Astro was less a cocky badass (I never thought of him as that at all, actually) and more of a good-natured SADass, who didn't enjoy fighting whatsoever, and refused unless it was absolutely necessary. Harry, I think you're full of it ! -also, fuck 3-d -It makes colourful movies like UP and Coraline look like dull, grey SHIT.
Oct. 24, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST
by Mel Garga
I suppose the anonymity of the internet coupled with your purposely vague geographical reference to the sovereign country of 'Non-America' has empowered you to lob cheap shots as the U.N.-designated arbiter of high art. Thank you for shining a light through the fog and showing us the way. When's the next meeting of the Non-Americans?
Oct. 24, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST
disappointing to hear
Oct. 24, 2009, 8:36 a.m. CST
Thanks for the douchy non-review. Quality stuff. Hey, don't forget to throw in a plug for Maskhead while your at it. Cause your friends wrote it even though it's utter shit. This was an extremely good movie, and I don't know what you were expecting. They've actually stayed very close to the original material. And who gives a fuck about 3D? I could care less about that. Who really wants to wear a pair of glasses to watch a movie? It's like all the praise for Ratatoullie that this site gave it. You couldn't suck Pixars cock any harder for that one. That movie was terrible all around and everyone knows it. Ponyo will never be a big hit. It's too strange and inaccessable to Americans. Average movie-goers won't get it. Hardcore anime fans probably will tho. I found it lacking all around as I have with the last several Ghibli movies.
Oct. 24, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST
Doesn't that fix everything.
Oct. 24, 2009, 10:13 a.m. CST
by Lord Elric
While well produced, though shockingly not in 3d given the current trend, there's just too much pre-Astro Boy stuff here. We really don't see the real Astro Boy until the end of the film. The origin stuff could've been much more condensed without losing anything, leaving room in a film that's supposed to engage people enough to warrant another movie for more of what one paid to see here. It's not bad. It's just...eh.
Oct. 24, 2009, 10:25 a.m. CST
That's a thanks to Harry and the Talk-backers. Damn, that wasn't even a review. It was fucking whining.
Oct. 24, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST
by David Assholehoff
Harry, American film makers have NEVER gotten manga, kaiju or even hentai. We need everything defined and spelled out clearly or a little muscle in our head cramps up. We're all cows who want to be led to the feeding and milking contraption of Hollywood. It's sad, but the good movies are the ones that care more about the story, and less about dumbing it down for the masses. IMHO.
Oct. 24, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST
Japanese animation today is all mindless exploitation of women.
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST
Not that I was expecting a lot from the clips...
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST
by Chief Joseph
when I saw all the celebrity voices.<br> I wish Harry would have gone into greater detail on how the movie betrayed its source material.
Oct. 24, 2009, 3:53 p.m. CST
you are so fucking lame sometimes. (most of the time)
Oct. 24, 2009, 5:01 p.m. CST
you know? i mean, it can be cool and all, but i'm sorta hoping this is just a phase.
Oct. 24, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST
Then you and your friends on here who agree wouldn't have had to deal with all that pesky human interaction and could get right to the pew-pew-pew. HOW old are you all?
Oct. 24, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST
Can't Summit open anything with a bang other than Twilight??
Oct. 25, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST
The house that Mormon Vampires built.
Oct. 25, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
was only on TV at 12:30 p.m. weekdays when I was a child in first grade. So one day I played sick so I could skip school and watch it. The big moment came and then my grandma turned the TV to her soap. I was robbed! It was more than 20 years later that I got to see any Astro Boy : ( on undubbed VHS tapes. I could tell from the trailers that this new version would not be kick-ass. I did get to see 8th Man, Speed Racer and Space Giants as those were on TV after school was out.
Oct. 26, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST
Really, this movie is decent. Saw it on Friday with a theater full of kids and we ALL enjoyed it. A lot. There's good stuff in it for adults, anime fans, Astro fans and of course kids. Great fight/flight scenes, terrific overall production design, and a decent script. But there is some political posturing in the film that really kills the fun, unfortunately (geez, did Michael Moore write this?) and that kind of bummer doesn't do Astro justice. But it won't stop me from buying the DVD; the rest of the film is just too good. So FWIW I recommend the film. It's a good romp for all ages. It definitely deserved better box office. As a family film it beats the holy living CRAP out of that Spiker snoozefest Wild Things. But then actual crap from a horse's bum would. Pyooo.
Oct. 26, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST
To kill the orgin story would be to kill the entire meaning of the movie. This movie had several "oh shit" moments for me. His rejection from his father. His rejection from his "family". Very clever writing. It didn't pander to the "oh you're a bright young boy" that so many films do. Instead we get "You're a know it all, get out of my sight." This film pulled no punches. The advertising is horrible for it. Go see it. Don't let it get smeared like Iron Giant.
Oct. 27, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST
Did anyone really want to see a little boy fly around in underwear half naked.....in the first place? He also has buttguns! what's next his dick fires rockets?!
Oct. 27, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST
There I said it... Who wants to wear glasses for 2 hours or so? also its just plain annyoing!
Oct. 28, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST
This isn't a movie for fans of the original anime or manga. This isn't a movie for 40+ fanboys who remember the character from when they were like three years old. This is a movie for FREAKIN' KIDS! Who have NEVER heard of Astro Who? Hence, an origin. Do you think the producers were thinking, "Let's do justice do this incredibly well done and complex Manga!" or "Here's an old character who looks cool from these B&W clips on Youtube and we can pick up the rights to the American version on the cheap..."
Oct. 28, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST
I am a huge Astro Boy fan. The biggest I've ever met. I loved the 80's show as a kid and I bought it for my son as soon as I saw it for sale. I then got really obsessed and bought all the Dark Horse comics, all the 60's cartoons and the 2003 version - I even have many of them on Japanese imported discs - And since my son loves them, I watch them on a pretty regular basis. IMO This movie totally got it right. I thought it captured the spirit 100%. The quote "I don't want to fight you" must have been used in every episode, and the movie was full of other little quotes, nods and references to the show and comics. If you don't like it, that's your business, but to claim that it didn't feel like Astro Boy is nothing more than admitting you haven't seen the old show in years.
Oct. 28, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST
As for people complaining about the leftist political messages, those were in the original too. Did no one read the comic where he went back in time to NAM and defended a small Vietnamese village by beating the almighty shit out of the American soldiers?(part of an epic story Arc that spanned volumes 6-8, highly recommended) The politics in this movie were 100% pure undiluted Tezuka.
Oct. 28, 2009, 11:13 p.m. CST
And finally: Pluto Live Action Movie = FUCK YEAH.
Oct. 30, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST
I'm really glad I decided to see this. I don't remember leaving a theater beaming so much in a long time! The critics really had me worried, and maybe my low expectations combined with not knowing a lot about the classic Astro Boy helped, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and most importantly had *fun*. And because of the movie, I'm actually already a big fan of the character and am beginning to check out the classic series and various remakes, which most movies couldn't prompt me to do! Also, I find the orchestral score to this movie AMAZING. So I agree with others who say just go and see it and then decide. As to those who say it's not Japanese enough, I haven't seen enough source material to say for sure yet, but I can tell you it certainly struck me as anime-ish enough for my taste and deeper than I expected (for a film aimed at primarily kids). I also don't mind it's an origin story, though I am hoping for a sequel to flesh it out!
Nov. 1, 2009, 9:22 p.m. CST
Took my nephews to it this past Friday while their mom prepared a Halloween party for them. And they loved it, couldn't stop talking about it. It got them where they live, and frankly I loved it too, AGAIN. Man, I can't believe it's not doing better at the box office. A movie hasn't made me feel this good in ages, and this good about sharing it with family. And the fight scenes kick ass with the best of them, beautiful powerful animation. I feel sorry for people who are passing this up; fuckers don't know what they're missing.
Nov. 1, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST
Yeah, Tezuka did a story about Astro vs. Americans bombing Vietnamese villages, but he was writing it as an Asian, not a leftist political fanatic. The war looked very different in the region he lived in, and he was also trying to make Astro "relevant" (the catch-phrase of the 70's) and there was no better way to do that back then(it was thought) than to diss the war. I won't say I'm a Tezuka scholar but I've read a lot of his manga (my fave is Phoenix) and I think his take on life was philosophical rather than political. He was certainly anti-war (having seen the devastation of WWII in his home country deeply affected him, even while he acknowledged that Japan had brought it upon itself), but he was hardly anti-American or anti-capitalist. At any rate, I really don't think he would have approved of the partisan political palaver that mars the otherwise-excellent Astro film. The main problem with the apparent references to Bush/Obama is it takes you out of the movie, which is problematic because by that time it's pretty much sucked you in emotionally. Shatters the mood and breaks the momentum. IT's just a little too precious, too self-aware. And pretty goddamn stupid thing to do IMO. The movie's too good for that.
Nov. 2, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST
Must be Ironhelix' best friend. A shame really.
Nov. 3, 2009, 8:22 a.m. CST
I saw it with the kids and they loved it. It could have been better...But, you know, Astro was never a "real" Badass. He was certainly a lot more confident. Hw would usually warn the villain first...and when the villain refused to surrender Astro would shout, "OK! I warned you! You asked for it!" And then Astro would usually kick the villains ass...is that "Badass"?
Nov. 8, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST
... if you want to see the REAL Astro Boy. It's not well known in the US but it's genuis - there's some episodes that play like a Miyazaki film condensed into half an hour. Really worth seeking out (and FAR darker than the so-called `darker' 2003 version).
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