Astro Boy is a 65 million, big-budget release by Summit, but didn’t come close to making back its money in theaters. Of course none of that really matters much, the real question is whether or not Astro Boy is a good film. I think it is a movie that very young kids might enjoy, but I don’t think it would attract people beyond the family market, unlike the Pixar® animated films.
This year, Scherfig established herself in the industry as the director of An Education. While An Education was nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture, most of the focus has been on the cast, and Scherfig seems somewhat overlooked.
The protagonists in District 9 and Avatar both grapple with the question of what defines humanity. The answer of course is that divergent species are more tied together than the protagonists realize. Hollywood has been preaching this message almost since its inception.
Some jobs are admittedly more interesting than others. The Hurt Locker details the day-to-day activities of an elite bomb squad unit at the end of their tour in Iraq. The film is complete immersion into the lifestyles of soldiers in a modern war.