4 October 2005, late evening

I had wanted to watch Steamboy when it was being shown last year at the Toronto Film festival. I’m glad I saved my 17 dollars. Steamboy is visually stunning, but that is about all it has going for it. The movie is a beautiful steampunk romp, but really has no substance to it. I had high hopes for the film, as it is the work of the amazing Katsuhiro Otomo. Akira, Otomo’s other film, has a dense intricate story that feels crammed into 2 hours. I’ve watched the film several times, and each time feel like I appreciate the film a little bit more. Steamboy on the other hand has almost no story to speak of, and drags on and on for its 2 hour running time. The last hour of the film is a big battle between two steam powered armies. Also, the protagonist of the movie is Ray Steam. I can’t make this stuff up.

The official Steamboy web site.



  1. Yeah, I’d heard it was a snoozefest. I’ll still check it out at some point though.

  2. I watched the film twice, the first time late on sunday night. I couldn’t stay awake.

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