I am not what you call a Sci-Fi movie fanatic, but yet I do have a thing for movies with Robots in them. So here I present my list of favourite Robo movies of all time!
1. WALL-E (2008)
I have rarely been impressed by any movie like I have been with WALL-E. The range of emotions and character traits portrayed by a Robot – unbelievable. Truly one of best feel good movies ever!
2. Short Circuit (1986)
I remember watching this as a kid in the very early 90’s when it came on TV. Those days the only channel we had available was the good old Doordarshan and this came as part of a series unimaginatively called as the ‘English Film Series’ in which they slaughtered a movie into 15 minute episodes and telecast them every Wednesday(?) from 6:15 to 6:30. Wow.. those were the days! (zzz .. Back from nostalgic dreams..) I recently downloaded (oops, am I in trouble?) a print of this and have to say, I still had the same amount of fun watching this now as then. This was the inspiration behind this post too. Not as spectacularly crafted as WALL-E, but yet ‘Johnny-5’ I am your fan too!
3. Bicentennial Man (1999)
Stellar performance by Robin Williams as ‘Andrew’ the robot who ‘lives’ for 200 years. A real epic based on Issac Asimov’s novella and very underrated in my opinion.
4. AI (2001)
There has to be a Spielberg in any movie list, shoudn’t it? Haley Joel Osment as a 11 year old Robo-kid who yearns for his mothers love has done another spectacular job with this one. The most sentimental of all robot movies.
5. The Terminator (1984) and T2 – Judgement Day (1994)
Arnold with his classic punch lines – ‘I’ll be back’. Incredible plot to say the least.
Honourable mentions :
Star Wars (1977) and its se/prequels – I wouldn’t say this is a true robo-movie, so have not included in the list. But R2-D2 and C-3PO did impress me a lot!
Forbidden Planet (1956) – Robby the robot! Great classic.
I, Robot (2004) – Sonny. The best looking robot of the lot and that final ‘wink’ is unforgettable.
*Batteries not Included (1987) – A bunch of robots save an apartment block – cute!
“Yes, beautiful stars! Better see!”