Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant is one of the most beloved animated films of all time, yet somehow, I never got around to seeing it until recently. I'm glad I finally corrected this oversight, because it was incredible! This is seriously one of the best movies I have ever seen, and it will probably find its way onto my ever-changing top ten list.

I liked the movie so much that I immediately went online to purchase my own copy. I also decided to purchase the book it is based on.

I liked the book. It isn't as good as the movie, but it is still worth reading. It is quite a bit different though, and doesn't have the relationships or themes of the movie. Also the characters aren't really developed at all in the book, which is unfortunate.
The Iron Giant is a rare example of a film that takes a loose idea from a book, and then expands the concept to become even greater and more meaningful. Another great example of this, is Big Fish.

The thing I like best about The Iron Giant is how profound and genuinely moving it is. I'm not even sure I would classify it as a children's film, because its message is so universal.

Here are some of the great lessons it teaches:
-Things die. It's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it isn't bad to die.
-Souls don't die. The soul is in all good things, and it goes on forever.
-You are who you choose to be. Show them that you are good.

The idea that someone, or something, can learn, and grow, and improve upon themselves, is a good story that is well worth telling. But when that growth culminates with the person becoming self-sacrificing for the benefit of others, it becomes one of the most noble stories that can be told.

I absolutely love everything about The Iron Giant, and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

1 comment:

Emmy said...

Gosh...I haven't seen this since it came out in theaters! (And I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't remember much about it). Does this mean it's time to go to the library? I think it does!