Thursday, November 5, 2009
Movie Review : Astro Boy
Freddie Highmore (Toby Tenma/Astro boy)
Nicholas cage (Dr Tenma)
Bill Nighy (Dr Elefun)
Donald Sutherland (President Stone)
Eugene Levy (Orrin)
Kristen Bell (Cora)
Nathan Lane (Hamegg)
Directed by : David Bowers
Produce by : Maryann Garger
Release date : 23 October 2009 (US release date)
“you may not be Toby, but you’re still my son”
That was Dr Tenma said when he finally accepted Astro as his son
Base on Osamu Tezuka Tetsuwan Atomu or Mighty Atom which is a successful TV series and manga for some times now,. Astro boy a robot boy who was created by Dr. Tenma with his son image (Toby Tenma) which he thought it can replace his lost son who died in military experiment. Programmed with Toby memories from Toby hair DNA and powered with the blue core that Dr. Elefun created, Dr Tenma thought the robot will be 100% behave like Toby but it has different personality and he reject him after he realize, it remind him his lost son.
Astro embark on a journey to find his place in the world and finally, he was accepted by all and also Dr. Tenma who realizes Astro is still his son.
I know, some of the big fan of the series and manga are quite disappointed with this Astro boy movie, Personally I think, the storyline is acceptable for a movie and, Astro/Toby do remind me of Jimmy Neutron character. Eventhough its not the same as Astro Boy series or manga storyline, it is still Astro boy who we knew.
Acceptance, rejection, friendship, loyalty, humanity and love is how I describe the movie in words, and it do make me emotionally attached same way as I watched Pinocchio and Steven Spielberg A.I .just dismiss that political thingy that also incorporated in the movie.
Image quality for Astro boy are stunning, color, movement are good, and I believe Imagi studio will be next Asia Pixar and its on its way there.
The voice actor are superb congrats to them, especially Freddie Highmore who provided the voice for Astro/Toby. It do suits the image of adolescent character he voice in but somehow I found in the movie he’s trying too hard to pronounce American English.
Hopefully there will be a sequel for this movie, and it is highly recommended for you to watch.
Onward and Upward!