Cult Film Review: Steamboy (2004)


“GRAND FATHER!!”

Over ten years ago, I was an awkward and geeky teen like many others.  Among my many hobbies was collecting all sorts of Japanese animation (or anime) titles.  Granted, this was the turning point from “crack is cheaper” to anime being readily available at a decent price.  Some time during ’03/’04, a program on G4TV/TechTV announced a new movie by the director of AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo) which takes place in a dystopian Britain. Here, a young inventor must protect a secret experiment from greedy businessmen and power-hungry bureaucrats after losing his father and nearly losing his grandfather in an industrial accident.

At the time, I was slightly new to the emerging “steampunk” fad, so I was coloured intrigued!  Upon watching the movie, I found it to be an enjoyable action picture with a cool protagonist I related too.  Now, it’s over a decade later and I’m a fair bit different from my slightly younger self.  So, how does this picture hold up today?  Let’s turn some valves and let loose some steam as we discuss “Steamboy”.
Continue reading