Okay, so, this is hilarious. Almost as hilarious as 2012 was, but not quite (seriously, it was worth seeing only for its hilariously bad portrayal of the partial apocalypse). I have just learned that Hugh Jackman (whom you may remember from such films as: X-Men, Van Helsing, and that adorably misguided movie about time travel, elevators and romance: Kate & Leopold) will be staring in a movie about boxing robots. Yes, that’s right! I just said boxing robots. This is the reason I mention it to you, really: I thought that you’d find that combination of things amusing. Here’s a little bit about the story-line (lifted from Variety):
Story centers on a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxers are replaced by robots. Jackman will play a struggling Robot Boxing promoter who finds a discarded robot that always seems to win. He also discovers he has a 11-year-old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: um, whaaaaaat?! Either that, or you’re making a very interesting face at your screen. Truth is, I’ve read some pretty strange synopses of movies, and they’ve turned out to be decent, the most memorable of which is definitely Children of Men. The original synopsis of Children of Men on IMDB made it sound like the worst idea ever and I was ready to bid Clive Owen’s career goodbye. Then I found out that it was a novel by P.D. James and someone wrote a better synopsis, and all was well. Of course, it turned out to be one of my favourite movies of that year. …I’m not sure a flick about robot boxing would fare as well. I guess we’ll have to see, as the king of robot-related cinema Steven Spielberg has gotten himself ensconced in this puppy, and people do still go for Steven’s blockbuster fare.
The only thing that would make this whole thing a more fitting target for the blogosphere would be if the whole thing was to be staged as a musical. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but apparently the brawny Hugh Jackman likes to sing show tunes. Let’s write Steven a letter and convince him to make this film stranger-sounding than it already is!
Cheers and much love,
P.S. I promise that next week’s letter will be a little more engaging. Even you need some silly fluff from Hollywood, sometimes, yes?