I don’t remember the last time, I was so passionate about supporting something that I found out about just a short time ago, but here we go. As you may know, there is a new movie called “Chappie”. And if you also know me, I love robots, so of course I had to see this new thing. Because, who doesn’t love robots? Before I saw it, I saw some reviews and it didn’t look well, still I gave it a chance. I don’t regret it. I didn’t know exactly what to expect. People say it’s like Short Circuit and it has an African music band in it. Oh and there is Hugh Jackman, yes Wolverine is in this, lol. I didn’t have a clear vision of what this movie should be. Will it be funny, will it be sad? Will it be a total stupid bullshit? Oh, the feelings it made me feel.
Chappie is a sci-fi movie, where a robot gets his own mind, consciousness and is raised by gangsters. I know, we saw this so many times before, but I guess we love this thing. People love robots, we are fascinated by them and we wonder if they will be one day like us. That is why there are so many movies about sentient robots. That also doesn’t mean that there can’t be new movies about it. Look at all the stories of the world, they were recycled so many times before and some get away with it very easily, but sentient robot? People start to call bullshit, even before they see the movie and even after seeing it, they still insult it, just because it came after some older robot movie. That’s called time people in case you didn’t hear of it. Of course things get old, and new things come, deal with it.
The story of Chappie is basic. We have Deon Wilson, who created these robots and they are big success. On the other hand we have Vincent (who is played by HUGE Jackman, lol). This guys has a big, ugly robot that looks like that thing from RoboCop. I wonder if this one can handle stairs. Deon finally manages to create AI capable consciousness, but he needs to test it. After being denied by the boss of the company, the lady who played Ripley in Alien movies, he just takes a broken droid, that was meant to be destroyed. Like seriously he just takes it, lol, so much for the security. On the other side we have gangsters played by the music band Die Antwoord, that means we have Ninja, Yolandi and America. Next thing that I expect is a character nicknamed Hamburger, lol. They need money, fast and there comes idea of shutting down the droids with remote. You know these police robots give hell to gangsters. So they decide to kidnap Deon and force him to shut down droids. Karma is a weird thing, lol. Don’t steal, or you will be stolen. It turns out droids can’t be shut down and they almost kill him, until they discover dismantled droid in Deon’s van. He tells them about his little experiment and they want him to get the droid together and make him into a gangster. That is how Chappie is born.
From this point on, Chappie is a story of robot ,who was born with a mind of a child and needs to find his own place in this cruel world. He is lucky he learns so fast. How should I describe this, Chappie is adorable. He acts like a child, scared child most of the time, he has big antennas that look like ears and can move very well. His eyes can change shape with his emotions and his body language is just brilliant. Special effects in this are brilliant and they definitely brought Chappie to life. To his bad luck, he didn’t come into the best life situation. His maker, Deon is trying to teach him how to act right and how to use his creativity and learning abilities. So yeah, he gives him book, he makes him paint and he also gives him a rubber chicken. LOL. I never understood why full grown man has a rubber chicken in his van. He doesn’t have a dog. But from what we can see in movie, I guess Deon doesn’t have the richest social life. Still, he is trying his best to teach Chappie and show him the right way. On the other hand we have gangsters. Ninja wants to use Chappie for a crime so he can get money that can save his ass. Unlike Deon, Ninja treats Chappie very harshly and without any understanding. And of course, Chappie doesn’t cooperate because he is a little scared child. So Ninja is like: I’m so disappointed with you, son. Then there is America, who treats Chappie better. He actually acts nice to him and takes him as a thinking being. To be honest, America looks quite fascinated with Chappie and how much he learns. Then there is Yolandi, the only woman in the whole main cast. She takes Chappie as a real kid, she is nice to him, helps him and talks to him in a very soothing voice. She even lets Chappie to take her as his own mom. I guess I can relate to this situation. Again, she is the only woman in the whole gang of characters and now she gets a chance to take care of someone. So it looks like maternal side of her comes to light. In the end, she makes a very strong bond with Chappie.
Still, there are problems as Vincent is not happy with his work life and shit goes down. This movie can be cruel, very cruel to look at. Mainly the “Real world” scene will strike very hard on your feelings. Many critics say this movie has no heart, but I REALLY want to disapprove. You feel for Chappie, you want him to survive and even when I didn’t almost believe it, I even cared for gangsters. Characters go through a development in this movie and I remember all of them. They all had some memorable moments. But the main focus is still Chappie himself. The movie happens during few days, and during that time, Chappie develops from a baby to a very capable person. Yes, he is naive and still needs a lot of time to fully mature, but it is very satisfying to see a character to develop so much. He became strong, decisive and willing to protect those he cares deeply about. When he can, he is nice and calm, but he takes no shit from anyone in later stages of the movie. And yes, he acts as a moody teenager at some parts of the movie, but since he has to deal with his own survival, I think he acts very reasonably. Try to imagine you had only few days to live and you are trying to find any way possible to survive, you would also be moody and rude. In the end he still proved how good his soul actually is. And he is actually willing to sacrifice his own life, to save others. Even with all those things that happened to him and a difficult upbringing, he turned out just fine. The ironical thing about this story is that, if Chappie learned from only one side, he would never survive. He needed to be taught and take care of himself, just as Ninja and America taught him. But he also needed to know value of life and that there are amazing things in this world, just as Yolandi and Deon taught him. The ending of the movie was very satisfying when it comes to Chappie himself, because he takes a full action with no barriers.
I saw an article where author pointed out, this movie is bad, because it actually shows ways of parenting. Yes, it is about parenting, but I don’t think that is a bad thing. If we are ever about to create an artificial life, we need to learn how to do it. And to be honest, I think many parents are awful these days, and children suffer because of it. It actually seems like people are pissed at this movie, because it showed how hard parenting is and that they can’t handle their own kids and parenting. Yes, Chappie had an awful upbringing in some parts, but there was enough of good will to make him good in heart. Maybe people are just scared because they see themselves in it. I myself come from a broken family, where was a very strong domestic violence and it didn’t change me into a bad person. I just try to do my best, just as Chappie. And I actually think it’s GOOD, that we saw a parenting in a robot movie. Still, it was hilarious to see Deon and Ninja fight over Chappie. It almost looked like they are fighting over a child in divorce, lol. I know that is one of the worst things to happen to the child, but it looked hilarious in this version of two grown men fighting over a robot.
Also, Deon, I liked his character a lot. Yes, he was a nerd, but he wasn’t a stereotype. Yes he was nerdy and had no social life, but he was active. He was still trying, he never gave up. I wonder how many people would return to a gang hideout, after a threat of being killed. He did return, again and again. Nerd, but braver than most people, or he is just crazy, lol. I think I should also say something about mister Jackman. It was certainly interesting to see him as a villain and you can see he enjoys his role as always. He is an excellent actor, even when he is not the most interesting villain. Still, I could understand Vincent’s fear of artificial intelligence and I think he fulfilled his role just fine.
And yes, this movie has some problems. Some dialogue is sappy and stupid and I think they had overdone it with the ending, but in the end, I had fun. This was a fun ride, it had a heart, it was fun, and ir made me pumped and excited. I know people may not like it for their own reasons, but if you love robots and you always wanted to see a movie about a cute innocent robot that actually acts like a child, this is your movie. Go watch it. Support it, because movie critics are wrecking it apart. Make your own opinion of this movie. And I hope we will one day see a sequel, since director wrote Chappie as a trilogy and I want to see more of these characters. This movie made me very happy and I hope it will make the same for you.