Friday, May 02, 2008
Disclaimer #1: There will be no spoilers in this post.
Disclaimer #2: I have never, to my recollection, read an Iron Man comic.
Iron Man kicks major ass!! The wife and I snuck away from work(well, ok I snuck away, she gets off at 1) and caught the 2:45 show of Iron Man. I didn't know what to expect. The totality of my knowledge of Iron Man comes from the satirical action figure theatre skits in the center of Toy Faire magazine. I know his real name is Tony Stark, and that at some point he becomes an alcoholic. But the trailers looked really cool, and I dared to hope for an enjoyable comic book movie. And I wasn't disappointed. Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark could give Bruce Wayne millionaire playboy lessons, but through all his drinking, and womanizing, and weapons dealing he remains likable and human. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Stark's lovely, if unfortunately named assistant, Pepper Potts, who moons for her callous boss while she enables his misbehavior. I may be the only person left who likes Ms. Paltrow, but she was particularly adorable in this role. I won't go into the rest of the cast, as that might give things away, and maybe next week I'll give a full review once folks have had a good long chance to see it. But in a nutshell this movie has wit, humor, action, suspense, and only a little bit of willing suspension of disbelief required. Oh, and make sure you stay till the end of the credits. (wink, wink)
Now off to the movies with you. Go on, shoo!
Marius The Entertained
After the movie I asked the two teenaged comic book geeks who sat next to us how they liked it, and they both signed off on it as portraying Iron Man quite well.