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.


  1. Somehow, I don't remember ever having read an Ironman comic.......I've seen the trailers on T.V. and it looks interesting.
    Sometimes I get weary of movies that depend too heavily on special effects.I hope this one isn't one of that sort.

  2. oh yes, robert downey jr is a delight to watch as usual. i hope he stays clean, for the sequel.

    did you stay til after the end credits? :P

  3. Yes, Robert Downey Jr was an inspired choice.

    Interesting to see an evil Jeff Bridges.

  4. Hi, Robert: special effects are unavoidable on this one, though in their favor I would add that they were necessary to the story. The more compelling plotline, though, was Tony Stark coming face to face for the first time with what he was. That was what Robert Downey carried so well.

  5. Hey Doms, both Meme and I were quite impressed with the movie and Robert Downey Jr. in particular. It was perfect casting if I do say so myself.

    One of the better if not best comic book movies to come out in some time.

  6. Robert Downey Jr. will cameo as Iron Man in the upcoming Incredible Hulk movie. World War Hulk comes to mind. :D

    Being a the first in house Marvel production, it shows in the lack of the usual Hollywood b.s. :)

  7. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts are a classic combination... Charlie Wilson's War made me feel a little better about U.S. foreign intervention, it seemed to work out that time