I saw this film on opening night and honestly, I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a great combination of RoboCop (original) and The Iron Giant, though it was more of it's own thing. It was very fun, had likeable characters, funny, violent, intense, heartfelt and emotional.
I actually cared for the robot. Like it's a scary robot but has the mind of a child, and is step by step learning about the world, and I think they captured that very well.
One thing that bugged me is that it felt a tad longer than it needed to be. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Do not let it's appearance fool you. This is not a kids movie. It has brutal violence and F-bombs, and it involves the robot being used for crime purposes. In other words, it's rated R for a reason.
I saw this as a dark and violent sci-fi fairy tale with a powerful message and I think critics were a bit hard on it. Also, I think it puts Spielberg's "A.I." to shame in which going into detail may spoil it.
Overall, I loved Chappie and I highly recommend it to anyone who is into sci-fi. Neill Blomkamp still has it in him.
In the end, Chappie, while not Blomkamp's best work, is quite an impressive science fiction fairy tale that should entertain anyone who is into the genre and who is a child at heart.
Chappie is now available on Blu-ray and DVD and Digital HD.