3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you to have your say on my choices and whether you would have placed something ahead of my best or my worst.
Robots have been a staple of the movies since Sci-Fi first reached the big screen. They have come in all shapes and sizes, from the killing machine wearing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s skin in The Terminator to the lovable garbage bot Wall-E. There have been some memorable and excellent robots but some that are best forgotten – or not as I highlight the best and worst of the movie robots.
3 of the Best
The Terminator was the villain in the first movie but Arnie would take the more familiar role of hero for the excellent sequel. This would mean a new, evil and terrifying villain would be needed and they don’t come much scarier than Robert Patrick as the liquid mercury T-1000.
Usually disguised as a cop, this robot was more ruthless than the original Terminator and the fact he could shape-shift, regenerate and was almost unstoppable, only added to the threat and horror. Not the friendly robot like the two in our best list but effective because of it.
From the moment Baymax “wakes-up” in Big Hero 6, he steals the movie. Not many characters can finely juggle both hilariously clumsy with heroically kick-ass but Baymax does, while at the same time being soft, cuddly and heartwarming too. Like all great movie robots, you want to take him home and wish you could have a Baymax around the house to brighten up your day.
I couldn’t choose between the two and there wasn’t much I could say to separate their reasons for being number one on the list. Both R2D2 and B-88 do the greatest of robot feats, make themselves lovable, cute and entertaining with no actual form of accessible communication. R2D2 at least has beeps while B-88 managed to steal the whole movie with a well executed “thumbs-up.”
It was testament to B-88 that he could stand-in for the original Star Wars lovable droid but the grin across people’s faces when R2D2 finally showed up was enough to cement both their places in the top spot here and in the Star Wars legacy forever.
3 of the Worst
3 – C3PO
Controversial I know but let’s face it, nobody missed C3PO from The Force Awakens. When he did finally show-up, his interaction was comical but only because of how irritating he is. C3PO is nothing more than a translator and it is his pint-sized companion who drives the story forward, towing the golden-bot along for communication ease. When R2D2 isn’t around, the uselessness of C3PO is really felt, as it was in The Force Awakens.
2 – Johnny 5
How this robot got two movies made with him at the core is beyond me. Even in 1986, when the original Short Circuit was released, Johnny 5 looked out-dated and his only discernible feature seemed to be that he could read a book and learn it’s contents really quickly. He couldn’t even move well, his “legs” being two tracks which got stuck pretty easily. It will take more than a “soul” to make you decent robot character.
1 – Sico
There was a lot that seemed to be out of place in Rocky IV but robot butler Sico was definitely one of them. It isn’t so much that the robot seemed to be more of a huge hindrance than an actual help, it was the fact that it was completely weird, strange and bizarre in a Rocky movie.
What made it creepier was when it’s owner, Paulie, had changed the robot’s voice to a woman by the end of the movie. I don’t want to pry any further…
Overall, this list could have been five of the best and worst, or even ten. There are so many robots I have missed on both accounts that another post could come soon. So far, it seems that cute, lovable and useful to the story counts when you make a movie robot, while irritating, pointless and weird will put you at the bottom of the list.