Film #316: ASTRO BOY
3 out of 5 stars
A perfectly serviceable family film. Some of the scenes are visually pretty snazzy, but there really isn't anything here that the Japanese haven't been doing for decades. The voice acting is all good and the story is exactly what you think it will be. I wish the production would have gone a little more mature (since older fans of the original series are its core audience anyway). Instead, they decided to reboot it for a younger audience – a MUCH younger audience. I really wanted to like this more, but... In the end, it all comes down to whether it’s worth seeing? Absolutely. There are some very cool sequences here. Just know going in that you’re signing on for a kid’s flick. If you have kids, they'll undoubtedly love it.