|"He's got your moms eyes and my dads nose. I knew we were smart to save those parts."|
|Time: 91 mins.|
SYNOPSIS: In a robot world, a young idealistic inventor Rodney Copperbottom travels to the big city to join his inspiration's company, only to find himself opposing its sinister new management and their attempts to destroy any robot that can't afford an upgrade.
BOTTOM LINE: Eye candy of the best sort, ROBOTS is a visual masterpiece that will keep you glued to the screen, even though the story is nothing to write home about. The film is filled with quirky characters that are easy to love...mostly because you've seen them before. Of course, not in the form of shiny and colorful robots. It's not a bad story, it's just not an original one. There's no tension because it's obvious who's going to come out on top, leaving the audience nothing to do but wait for the inevitable battle between the old robots and new order. Granted the final confrontation is a real treat and the writers make the ride to the finale as entertaining as they can, yet overall the story fails to make much of an impression. The animation is what makes this film standout. It's just so outrageously creative I was mesmerized from the first frame to the last. The film is well cast with McGregor giving Rodney just the right amount of energy and earnestness to make you care for his plight. Williams brings his usual humor to the table as Rodney's new best friend made of all old parts, which, if you're not a fan of his schtick, might be more annoying than funny. Everyone else sort of blends in with the furniture with the exception of Kinnear, playing the slickly, self-absorbed Ratchet, and Brooks, as the big-hearted, yet disenchated superstar inventor Bigwell. Their voices have great range, really bringing their characters to life. An enjoyable, yet mindless effort.