The Iron Giant (Signature Edition)

1999 • 89 minutes
4.8
1.37K reviews
96%
Tomatometer
PG
Rating
Eligible
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Imagine you confront your enemy--a giant, scary robot from outer space--and he becomes your best pal. A young boy befriends a monster in the heartwarming animated feature The Iron Giant. October, 1957. Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) lives in Rockwell, Maine, a seemingly idyllic town. Hearing stories of a UFO that crashed into the sea, Hogarth, always on the lookout for mutant aliens, finds a huge, metal-eating robot (Vin Diesel) with an insatiable curiosity and equally insatiable appetite. But the extraterrestrial's presence unleashes a wave of Cold War paranoia that threatens to engulf Rockwell unless Hogarth and his 50-foot friend can stop it. Acclaimed animation director and writer Brad Bird brings his creative talents to the big screen in this unique tale of two heroes. In times like these, you really find out what your friends are made of ... sometimes it's metal, if your best buddy's The Iron Giant.
4.8
1.37K reviews
Kyle Vansteelandt
June 28, 2021
The iron giant is pretty much what I expected it to be and I am not afraid to admit my opinions, so here it goes: I don't think this is a masterpiece of animation and I didn't enjoy it immensely nor was I entertained by it, because I couldn't help noticing how unoriginal this animated film is, because the iron giant is a huge beat-for-beat ripoff of E.T. the extra terrestrial. I don't want to get into spoilers, but let me tell you why: An unusual creature from outer space lands on earth, a young boy encounters the creature, the boy teaches the creature how to speak, the creature uses his pointer finger, the creature gets into shenanigans, the villains go after the creature, and the creature talks to the boy in the end. There is nothing original about this kind of enterprise, Not even the protagonists are originally innovative; they are just paper cut-outs of these characters from ET. and I a never apology to anyone about my perspective! Okay, lets get to the rest of my thoughts; the execution is really above average because of the direction by Brad Bird, and the writing (both the dialogue and the script writing), especially for the result of sharp clever comedy and charm. I find the chemistry between Hogarth and the giant engaging due to the great pacing and timing that is not hasty or cursory at all, but what's most compelling about this interaction between the two, is when Hogarth teaches the giant what death is and the fact that souls don't die because all good things go on forever. The animation is absolutely great and well-drawn with beautiful imagery alongside the screenplay, the characters are designed wonderfully and the characters are bursting with simple yet effective characterizations even though there is really not much to the characters, especially the giant robot himself called the iron giant; he is a charming gentle giant that has some great strategy and a big heart with tons of heroism. Lets not forget the main antagonist "Kent Mansley", he is a paranoid and ambitiously psychotic federal government agent. The score by Michael Kamen and performed by the Czech Philharmonic orchestra is an awesome score; it's huge and lively orchestral music with amazing composition (one of the best scores I have ever heard). The voice cast for this film is also top-notch with excellent voice performances, especially the almighty Vin Diesel who voices the giant himself. The voice that Vin gave to the giant is not a low-bass monotonous one-note robotic voice. The sound of the voice that he delivered was this very powerful yet utterly peaceful sound that gives this giant a deep psychological soul. What I find very pleasing about the iron giant is it's powerful moral that verbalizes inspiring messages; you are what you choose to be and don't care about what anyone else thinks. Those are phenomenal lessons that will inspire every age for the greater good. For age-appropriate content, this film is suitable for ages 8 and up for it's mild language and for thematic elements. I am torn by this; there are some aspects that are very first-rate but this is a derivative cardboard cut out of ET. but with a giant robot. To conclude: This animated ripoff of ET the extra-terrestrial is surprisingly charming. For recommendation: it's recommended because it's more kid-friendly than ET and this will hugely appeal it's target audience, however they might get the overly familiar feeling of deja vu.
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Sean Woodruff
May 29, 2016
The Iron Giant was one of my favorite movies as a child. As with many things you love as a child, you worry it won't hold up when you're an adult. It's been close to a decade since my last viewing of the film, and I'm happy to report that I appreciated the film even more as an adult. The signature edition includes two new scenes, specifically animated for this re-release. These two scenes blended so well with the rest of the film that I had to google what the two new scenes were after my viewing because I couldn't pinpoint them. This aren't George Lucas-esque additions either, the new scenes really add to film in terms of character and plot development. I won't spoil them here, but one of these scenes in particular is one of the most memorable moments of an incredibly memorable film. It's incredible to find something from your childhood is not only just as good as it was then, but perhaps better than you remember it. The Iron Giant made such a good second impression on me, that I pre-ordered the $75 collectors edition that comes out in the fall, something I never do films. There isn't a single negative thing to say about the Iron Giant, it's easily a 5/5.
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David Mariscal
July 31, 2020
I love this movie so much when I was a kid, I was so curious to figure out where the Iron Giant came from. I know that he's from outer space but I want to know where he really comes from. This was my favorite childhood movie ever. Back then when I watched the new scenes, I was starting to get curious to see the giant's origin. I loved the animation they have, the adventures, hilarious scenes, and so on and so fourth. I was so touched and devastated that the giant decided to sacrifice himself at the end. But no matter what, the giant's sacrifice and the end will always make me cry.
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