Max Steel DVD review

This movie was probable a highly anticipated live action transition to the big screen for any fan of Max Steel. I clearly missed the news as I know nothing of the toy, comics, animated movies, tv show nor the characters. So that could be a good thing going…

The Crit

Cast - 40%
Story - 30%
Music Score - 20%
Effects/Quality - 50%
Originality - 40%

36%

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This movie was probable a highly anticipated live action transition to the big screen for any fan of Max Steel.

I clearly missed the news as I know nothing of the toy, comics, animated movies, tv show nor the characters. So that could be a good thing going into watching the movie with no prior expectation and bulletproof nostalgic defense mechanism of a person who grew up playing with this action figure and watching the after school TV show.

Teenager Max McGrath (Ben Winchell) discovers that his body can generate the most powerful energy in the universe. Steel (Josh Brener) is a funny, slightly rebellious, techno-organic extraterrestrial who wants to utilize Max’s skills. When the two meet, they combine together to become Max Steel, a superhero with unmatched strength on Earth. They soon learn to rely on each other when Max Steel must square off against an unstoppable enemy from another galaxy.

As a DC Comics fan I can easily draw similarities to story and character of Blue Beetle which is what made the movie watchable for me, well that and the average CGI scenes. It’s an all too familiar hero origins story which is where I strongly feel almost every studio takes a big risk at when making a live action adaptation of a majorly popular character. Just remember the character has a fan base which spans over a few years, the movie is clearly aimed at the fans… so why would anyone need to know the origin story of their favorite hero which is probable etched into their childhood.

That’s just some criticism of the approach to these types of movies in general, as only a real fan can judge how satisfying the movie is thus whether this risky strategy pays off ultimately depends on the fans.

Drawing from my own personal experience, if the film had started with this character in the middle of some epic story arch then I may have been interested wanting a back story in the next movie or looked into the other content but it’s fairly predictable and evenly paced.

Additional Information

Reviewed on: DVD
Available on: DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Comics, Superhero, 80’s
Age Rating: Teen
Release Date: 10 January 2017

Other Views

  • I enjoyed this title, brought back some cool memories, I do hope they make a second one and make it a bit bigger! – Leon de Bruin

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