Friday, May 02, 2008

I...AM...IRON...MAN


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

PS
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.

2 comments:

Turtle said...

Definitely the first blockbuster movie of the summer.

Being a bit more on the "comic book geek" side than on the "Trekker geek" side, I was a bit more knowledgeable of the characters and origins and whatnot (though I was never really into Iron Man...). They did a pretty decent job with the story.

I was a bit chagrinned when I first learned RDjr was to play the title role, but after some consideration, realized it actually a bit of typecasting... :)

Downey did an excellent job in bringing Tony Stark to life. In fact, the TS scenes were almost as entertaining as the Iron Man sequences. When's the last time we really cared much what Peter Parker was doing? You're forced to wait a while before you get to see the red and gold warrior strut his stuff, and frankly, you don't really notice.

The "Learning to Fly" sequences alone were worth the ticket price, and the rest of the show was definitely not lacking in the action department.

This movie combines a great cast, well done special effects, wit, humor, and a few surprises, and comes up with a entertaining couple hours of fun.

Oh, yeah. Like Marius said - definitely stay through the credits.

celebhith said...

I'm so glad this got a good review by you! I know how hard you are to please. . . I've never been a hardcore fan of comic book hero movies (except for Superman, who is the ONLY superhero, in my book), but the trailers for this film looks good and I love both RDJ and Gynneth Paltrow (you're not the only one!), so I was really hoping this wouldn't be a clunker. Can't wait to see it now!