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Real Steel
(2011)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Sloanaker

Additional Music by:
T.J. Lindgren

Co-Produced by:
Bill Abbott

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(November 1st, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you've always admired Danny Elfman's wholesome contemporary tones in Anywhere But Here and The Family Man and desire that sound expanded with a full orchestral ensemble for a heroic sports genre triumph.

Avoid it... if you're turned off by the prospect of hearing Elfman revise Bill Conti's Rocky formula into the futuristic world of bad-ass mechanized fighting, complete with thumping rock percussion and prominent electric guitars.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #873
WRITTEN 10/20/11
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Real Steel: (Danny Elfman) The idea of boxing robots has long bounced around the studio circuit, and in the age of Transformers and their evolved special effects, it was only a matter of time before Richard Matheson's 1956 concept (or an equivalent) was translated into the standard formula sports movie. Veteran comedy director Shawn Levy uses the science fiction genre in 2011's Real Steel as a convenient cover for revisiting a combination of plot devices from the Rocky franchise, most of them blindingly transparent. A former boxer played by Hugh Jackman lives in a 2020 era when real boxers have been replaced by robots and his own entries into the ring have left him drowning in gambling debt. Attempting to deal alone with his young son and turn around his finances, he stakes his future on an old junkyard robot that, with some ingenuity and hard work, becomes a sentimental favorite in the ring even if he isn't crowned champion. The bond between father and son is repaired and finances are saved, yielding the kind of tough, redemptive spirit that always permeated the world of Rocky Balboa. A somewhat positive critical response praised Real Steel in regards to exceeding low expectations, and the film recouped its budget after a couple of weeks in the theatres, immediately spurring talk of a sequel from DreamWorks. Among the major assets of Real Steel is its original score by Danny Elfman, for whom the inspirational sports genre had not been explored prior. The composer's ventures into topics that bring youngsters to the big screen have typically been influenced by some dose of the tragedy prevalent in Elfman's career, even in a project like Charlotte's Web. His uplifting scores are tinged with sadness in most cases, and Real Steel finally allowed the composer to develop a character-driven narrative that resolves itself with glorious, redemptive, and surprisingly charming tones. Because of the science fiction elements, he also reaches into his rich history in the fantasy genre, touching upon aspects of his writing that are sure crowd pleasers. The contemporary and technological angle seems well suited for Elfman's late-1990's contemporary tones, beefed up with electric guitar depth at times in his career but rarely as palatable as in the supporting roles here.



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Average: 3.58 Stars
***** 263 5 Stars
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*** 178 3 Stars
** 114 2 Stars
* 71 1 Stars
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Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - October 29, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:18
• 1. Charlie Trains Atom (1:59)
• 2. On the Move (2:39)
• 3. Into the Zoo (1:02)
• 4. Why We're Here (0:55)
• 5. Meet Atom (3:18)
• 6. It's Your Choice (1:28)
• 7. Safe With Me (2:58)
• 8. Atom Versus Twin Cities (3:12)
• 9. ...For a Kiss (0:56)
• 10. Get in the Truck (1:13)
• 11. Bonding (2:02)
• 12. Twin Cities' Intro (1:20)
• 13. Parkway Motel (1:48)
• 14. This is a Brawl (1:49)
• 15. You Deserve Better (4:03)
• 16. Into the Ring (1:12)
• 17. Taking a Beating (1:34)
• 18. Final Round (6:54)
• 19. People's Champion (2:06)

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