Title: Short Circuit Director: John Badham Year: 1986 Run time: 1hr 38m
Suddenly, Johnny Five was available to rent on iTunes in HD, and that was our cue to watch it. I felt like I had seen the film before, but gradually we came to realise that I’d seen the sequel and not the first. I had no idea Steve Guttenberg was in it!
0:36 - Something tells me this won’t have aged well at all. It’ll still be awesome though. 2:39 - I can’t remember the last time I saw wild poppies. 3:45 - It’s like Robot Wars but on a massive scale. 10:35 - “Better get number five off that generator…” That’s a setup if ever I heard one. 15:32 - Cows! 18:11 - People don’t like it when you answer rhetorical questions. 23:36 - That lady has a pet raccoon. Weird. 24:23 - He’s that excited about going outside. He must get out as much as Mr C does. 28:01 - “We can get to know each other. Communicate. Input.” 34:57 - Jeez, if you learnt about the human race from television these days… 39:31 - “Error.” 44:09 - Hanging over the edge of a cliff is not a great defensive position to be in. 46:36 - “I am standing here beside myself.” 52:41 - Humming robot is cute. 54:40 - Dancing robot may be cuter. 1:03:06 - I think a pancake making robot would go down well in our household. 1:03:40 - Having said that, the robot cooks like Mr C does. 1:11:26 - The robot’s playing baseball. Who’s on first? 1:12:53 - He’s doing the commentary on his own escape. So cool! 1:20:27 - “Today, Crosby, today.” How quickly the robot picks up attitude! 1:26:45 - Robot high five.
I hadn’t quite realised the Fisher Stevens controversy going into this and only discovered it when noticing - “Hey, that’s the guy from Friends but… he’s not Indian.” So, there’s that aspect of it which is a little disconcerting.
Overall, though, the film is fun, the characters are kooky and the robot is über-cool. It’s amazing how quickly they can get you to care about a hunk of tin that was designed as a war robot.