It was late in 1973 and I had just returned from Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base and I remember listening to the the radio broadcast the heavy weight battle between Mohammed Ali and Ken Norton which Ali won. A few months later, Ali went on to fight his nemesis Joe Fraizer and winning. And then he went on to defeat George Foreman with his rope-a-dope strategy. It was a wild time and the boxing championships captivated the attention of the world.
It was a phenomenal and emotional time. The fight frenzy was wild. It was exciting. Everyone was in to the championship battles. It was exhilarating.
Watching the movie Real Steel brought back the same excitement. The film, starring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly, is one of the best movies to come out in a long time. The film has everything from a great story about a fighter in the future who reconnects with his abandoned son after the boy's mother dies, and the passioned story of how they reconnect. Add to that fight scenes between futuristic robots and you have the Mohammed Ali thril-a-in-Manila all over again.
The film starts out with a bang and never slows down. It's PG-13 so my 10 year old son really enjoyed the movie, too. (PG-13 means there are some bad words but what in this world doesn't contain bad words anymore?)
I really recommend that you see this movie if you haven't already. It's that great.