From japantoday.com –
Ueto said: “It’s a sad story but an excellent movie. I did my best so as to not upset all the Astro Boy fans out there.”
Ray’s Take: I vaguely remember the manga and the old anime. Direct and appealing mostly for kids because it didn’t present any non-sensible twists but shows issues without sugar-coating it. Too many of today’s anime have to sugar coat hard to watch issues with fan service, moe, and other stuff.