If you know me, you probably know that I think RoboCop is pretty much the coolest goddamn thing ever. If you didn’t know that, you don’t know me very well. Now you’re making some progress toward that unenviable goal.
If you don’t actually know me, I’d like to tell you something: I think RoboCop is pretty much the coolest goddamn thing ever.
It has been this way for as long as I can remember. I have faint memories of seeing RoboCop in one form or another (probably the original movie and maybe the TV series) when I was very young. Even when RoboCop doesn’t stay a focus of mine, as happened for some years when I was a kid, it’s always something I can come back to and love.
I’ll agree with most people that the first movie is the best. The first movie has the most depth and is probably the best put together. I love all RoboCop, though. Even the stuff that there is really no arguing isn’t bad (I’m looking at you, RoboCop 3). All the movies, the TV series (live action and animated), the comics, all of it. As long as it has RoboCop in it, I think it’s awesome.
One week from today, the new RoboCop movie opens in theaters across the US. This new movie is a reboot. It has no connection to any past part of the RoboCop franchise.
RoboCop now doesn’t even look like RoboCop then. I think that’s a shame. Sure, the old RoboCop costume screams the era it came from but I think that’s a large part of the appeal. I think that may well be why RoboCop is still in the public consciousness, even after all these years. I mourn the loss of the old look. I think I would have been more willing to accept the new look if it weren’t so very different. Honestly, it looks more like Batman than RoboCop. The new RoboCop appears to be more of a tactical armor on a person than a robot. That’s probably what they’re going for.
Aesthetic aside, it appears as though (from the trailers I have seen) is going to be an excellent action movie. That’s it. At least in the material they’re presenting so far, it seems that this reboot will be missing the depth of the original film. The first RoboCop, of course, was a pseudo Christian messiah story and had at its core the struggle of good versus evil. It seems like that is missing from the new film and I think that is unfortunate. Although, to be fair, that depth was also missing from nearly the entire previous RoboCop franchise following the first movie.
All in all, I’m hopeful. I think I will enjoy the new movie but it could never replace the RoboCop I grew up with. Eventually, I will probably have a little more to say about that growing up with RoboCop and about the new movie (after I see it) but not today.
Stay out of trouble.