All that being said, after watching the movie, my wife and I were talking about the similarities to Rocky, and I wondered aloud what Stallone thought of it. If I were Sly, I'd be flattered. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, in the world of film critics (both professional and armchair), they prefer the word "derivative"; it's not meant as a compliment.
I see this word thrown around a lot when it comes to works of fiction. And usually it's written with an uppity sneer, as if taking elements form someone else's story, and making them your own is some kind of cheap shot that somehow lessens the original work.
|I have a reproduction of this |
poster hanging in my house
But the oddest thing I noticed about ALL of these reviews who use the word "derivative" with all of its negative connotations, is that they still give the film a thumbs up/four stars/etc. They readily admit that it's a very fun, entertaining, and heart-warming film. They all applaud the great performances, the superior special effects, and the "humanity" in the robots. For all intents and purposes, it's (almost) universally seen as a great film. Except, it's derivative.
You people need to get over yourselves. A good film is a good film. Watch it and enjoy it for what it is. And keep your high-brow criticisms to yourselves.