At first glance, The Iron Giant seems like an easy film to pigeonhole. It’s a kids’ classic in the most traditional sense, with a brisk 86-minute running time that charts the growing friendship between a boy and his metal friend who fell from the stars. If you were feeling ungenerous you could call it E.T. with a robot. But beyond that deceptively simple synopsis there’s a story that actually adds up to one of the most authentic and powerful superhero films ever made.
February 10, 2016