The Iron Giant Saturday, 28 March 2020

The Iron Giant

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Some scenes may scare very small children.

  • The pitch:

    You are what you choose to be.

  • Starring:

    Eli Marienthal, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney, M. Emmet Walsh

  • Directed by:

    Brad Bird

  • Running time:

    86 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, shot at, electrocuted, near-crushed, thrown through a window, thrown overboard, pursued, hit by a train (implied), poked, swept away be a tidal wave, interrogated, face-grabbed, threatened, drugged (implied), tackled, blown apart. An animal is shot by hunters. Mid-sea disaster, train derailing, vehicle collision, mid-air battle, explosions. An animal wrecks a diner. Coffee is spat in a woman's face. Characters fall over, hit their head, dangle precariously, fall from a high ledge. Children watch a film about a nuclear attack (missiles, mushroom cloud, explosions seen). Smashed glass/crockery, objects knocked over/thrown, property damage, wrecked/eaten vehicles. Military vehicles/aircraft/personnel. A boy watches a horror movie, a boy plays with a toy gun. Blood/gore: Dead animal. Bloody nose, bandaged head. Detached limbs (robot). A man is attacked by a brain (theatrical). Murdered kid mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Boy in swimming trunks. A boy watches a couple flirt in a horror movie.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A man holds a cloth across a child's face (sedative implied). Smoking (pipe). Whiskey, beer mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Robots, giants, unlikely friendships, peace keeping, government agents, acceptance, junk, scrap metal, arts and crafts, gun control, repairs, mother-son relationships, mortality, defense, sacrifice, sculpture, 1950s USA.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Lightning, thunder, power blackout. Squirrel, racoon, pigs, horses (on TV), deer, flock of birds. Toilet. Spitting. Invaders from Mars, UFOs, mind-reading mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Tender, heartwarming, beautiful, lovely, touching, funny, clever, satirical, uplifting, solid, enchanting, political, story-driven, provocative, smooth, skilled, towering, thoughtful, sweet, witty, fun, sleek, engaging, affecting, outstanding. Involving/compelling story, blazing action, big climax, deals with serious issues, doesn't pander to children.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    N/A

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