Just like with Pacific Rim, a little more than what we might expect from the clash of big stuff on the screen. Actually a good, meaningful story. And, yeah: entertaining. The visual aspect dominates and is put to good use. We can, in the end, even say that there is a soft sci-fi premise, kind of diluted here. The underdog wins. The battlebots are sort of macho alter egos. It is through human shadowing the win comes.*
Surprisingly emotional and heart rending tale despite the rock em sock em robots background. Effects are very well done/rendered and film well shot by dp Mauro Fiore. Jackman always watchable and his characters son well captured by young Kevin Durand. Pretty much every other character cardboard but the film very enjoyable non the less.
This is a great showcase of horrible world-building (especially for science fiction movies!). Simply having giant robots, a vaguely futuristic skyline/cars, and giant robots doesn't make me believe this is any type of future. And the "seedy underground" is an exact riff from 70s/80s movies when it comes to costume design and archetypes. Not to mention the film is horrible paced when it comes to final showdown.
Il film inizia bene con suggestioni di Sci Fi decadente (la fiera in mezzo ai campi), ma si perde ben presto tra cliché e sentimentalismo trito e ritrito. Si salvano solo gli effetti speciali: gli animatronics utilizzati per buona parte del film sono davvero ben fatti e lontano anni luce dalla cg pasticciona dei Transformer di Michael Bay.