Director: Stewart Hendler
Not every animated series can be so popular that movies are made after them and not every movie made after the success of animated series can be successful either. Avengers, Aeon Flux, Avatar: The Last Airbender, are some of the examples of animated series on which live action movies were made but not all met with a success. Max Steel is also one of those movies which could’ve been made better but since it is the director’s and writer’s job to make a powerful combo, this unfortunately could not happen in this case.
A massively hyped movie, for all the Max Steel fans who had watched the original series from year 2000, met with a sad and dismal demise soon after premier. Some critics actually termed it for a direct release to DVD as it could neither deliver what was promised in the trailers nor could generate enough momentum to sustain viewership.
No performance is any noteworthy because the overall direction and story line is such a mess that one tends to get lost into the labyrinth of multiple past and present scenarios.
Somewhat based on the original story about Josh McGrath, a teenager who discovers unusual supernatural powers and does not know how to manage it until he’s found by an autonomous alien bot “Steel”. In the live action flick Josh has been replaced as Max from the very start in order not to confuse the audience. Steel however had to remain the same because what would be the point of renaming the lead character. The story takes a turn when Max finds out about his powers and before his powers could consume and kill him, Steel shows up and Max’s life to guide him for his purpose, that is, obviously, of course, to save the world… Duh!
No performance is any noteworthy because the overall direction and story line is such a mess that one tends to get lost into the labyrinth of multiple past and present scenarios. The cut scenes of the past and confusion of present and future keeps one agitated enough to continue watching just in case something interesting comes up. Prominent names included Andy Garcia as Dr Miles Edwards, Max’s father’s best friend and his business partner and Maria Bello as Molly Mcgrath aka Max’s mother. Max is played by Ben Winchell (a new comer) and Steel’s is voiced by Josh Brener (Silicon Valley TV show). There were some action sequences which were well made but a movie cannot be successful just basing on few good action sequences.
I could not understand whether the director was trying to make an action flick or a comedy or a rom-com.
Max Steel is one of those movies which has an amazing trailer but that is it. The trailer pretty much has the best scenes in the movie and if someone has already watched its multiple trailers then watching the movie would be like watching an extended trailer itself. The direction is bad, I think I already mentioned it, and the story line is confusing, I think I mentioned that too. I could not understand whether the director was trying to make an action flick or a comedy or a rom-com. Maybe he wanted to experiment with something entirely new and left it to the audience to figure out.
My final verdict of the movie is to avoid it until you have nothing better to watch.