Thursday, May 01, 2008

Iron Man

Just came from a screening of "Iron Man," and I must say, the movie was a hoot. There were some slow and awkward moments, but on the whole it managed to capture the spirit of the character and the comic book.

I initially had mixed feelings about the Afghan terrorists retcon. My first thought: "Oh, no! More moralizing." Ultimately, though, the angle mostly worked, primarily because things were not really as they appeared.

What I really appreciated, though, were the nods to War Machine and the Civil War storyline. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't say anymore. If you know what I'm talking about, it should be easy to spot; otherwise, it doesn't detract from the fun factor of the movie.

Robert Downey really captured the spiritually tormented Tony Stark. It was a great casting choice. Gwyneth Paltrow looks refreshing as ever. Jeff Bridges I've never seen more menacing. I wasn't sure about Terrence Howard, who played Rhodey (War Machine in a future installment), but I'll admit the character grew on me.

The real stars of the film, though, were the armor. Everything just felt right, from the clumsy Mark 1, to the sleek Mark 2, to the heavy duty Iron Monger. Iron Man is about the armor, after all.

A great sequel would be the "Armor Wars" storyline. Now that would be just dandy.