Astro Boy, a Mr. E Movie Review

(Run time: 94 min. – Directed by: David Bowers – Starring: Freddie Highmore, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron, Nathan Lane, Eugene Levy, Matt Lucas, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland)

Astro Boy is a remake of Osamu Tezuka’s 1952 Japanese manga and one of the latest comic book to big screen productions to hit the scene. Although it was a quiet hit, this manga based cartoon packs a pretty big punch. It’s well paced story accompanied by some real big named voice acting makes Astro Boy a really good movie!

Metro City is a futuristic city in the sky. Robots do everything for humans. From washing the windows to protecting government interests. Dr. Tenma, voiced by Nicolas Cage, is one of the greatest scientists the city has. But, when his son Tobi, voiced by Freddie Highmore, is killed during an experiment the grieving scientist decides to build a new son. Only this son is the most advanced robot on Earth.

Unfortunately, Dr. Tenma’s grief is to great for him to initially bare and his new son is only a reminder of the one he lost. He decides to dispose of his failed attempt to recreate his son and turn him, and his power source, over to the government military.

Once Tobi realizes his powers and his true identity he is attacked and falls from Metro City down to the surface of the planet. A littered, forgotten part of the world especially for those living in Metro City.

Down on the surface Tobi makes new friends and earns a new nickname, “Astro” which sticks with him as he’s forced to fight for what’s right.

All the voice acting in this movie was right on the money. The storyline flowed perfectly from start to finish as it keeps you entertained no matter if your six or sixty!

At first the art was a little basic if you compare it to other big screen releases. But, if you understand the manga style and see the original Astro Boy comic or cartoon you see that the director and artists did real justice to the original style as it was meant to be. Huge thumbs up!

Astro Boy is being recommended highly for those of you out there with a love for classic cartoons, great action stories, or just looking for a good hour and a half of fun.