Once on the polluted terrain, Toby is dubbed Astro, finds a home with ragtag kids and, like many a comic-book outcast, attempts to discover his true destiny. In its best moments, the film exudes an almost Miyazakian love of flight, notably during the hero’s maiden soar through the clouds. But what’s ultimately more impressive than the madcap action and innocuous humour is Bowers’ willingness to address adult themes – alienation, regret, class tensions – with a directness that shows a surprising respect for his target young-adult audience.
|Genre:||Action, Animation, Family, Sci-Fi|
|Stars:||Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron, Bill Nighy (voices)|