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Throwback Thursday Movie Review: The Iron Giant (1999)

The_Iron_GiantThis classic animated tale of boy meets giant robot from outer space is one of my all-time favorites. Director Brad Bird masterfully weaves together humor, suspense, tragedy, and most importantly a sense of heartfelt love.

The film revolves around Hogarth, a smart but lonely boy, and his friendship with giant metal robot who has crashed to earth. The military catches on to the existence of this extraterrestrial and Hogarth and his Beatnik friend Dean, must try to protect The Iron Giant and save him from destruction. Its setting in Maine, during the height of the Cold War, adds to the drama of the story by showing the extreme paranoia of the people and the government at the time.

It came out in 1999, a time when most animated films were starting to go a more computer animated route. But I think the classic animation style makes it even more endearing. Regardless of the style, it’s a visually stunning work of art that survives the test of time.

The voice talent in the movie is also amazing. Harry Connick Jr. makes you wish you were a Beatnik, Jennifer Anniston does a lovely job as Hogarth’s mom, and Eli Marienthal perfectly conveys the sense of wonder as nine-year-old Hogarth. And let’s not forget Vin Diesel. He manages to bring life, love and tenderness to a 50 foot tall metal robot. Not an easy feat by any means!

This movie’s themes of love, sacrifice, making good choices will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between. I think this is one of the most perfect movies ever made and I give it a rating of 9.5 out of 10. Don’t miss this modern classic!


Throwback Thursday: London Trip, 2012

BigBen1For TBT here is an excerpt from my travel journal about the first time I saw Big Ben. Enjoy!

I’ve seen pictures of Big Ben my whole life and I thought I knew what it looked like…

As we drove toward it on the double-decker bus, Big Ben seemed how I had imagined it. But as we got closer I began to realize how massive it was. It was so much larger than I had pictured in my mind. It was also so much more intricate.

I’d never seen the face of the clock up close before and was particularly impressed with the golden, flower-like pattern radiating from the center. There also appears to be some sort of wording across the bottom part of the face.BigBen2

This clock tower is simply magnificent and I’ll always remember standing across from it and watching it fade into the sunset.