Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Movie Review: Iron Man
When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.
Yes I grew up a huge comic book geek and yes I loved Iron Man (and mostly Marvel Comics in general) so I was excited when I'd heard the movie had the green light several years ago but skeptical when I heard they'd cast Robert Downey at Tony Stark. I must say though, now I can't imagine anyone else in the role. He's perfect as the billionaire, skirt-chasing, wise-cracking genius and that helps keep the movie from getting boring even during the set-up and dialogue heavy parts.
Oh there is action, plenty of it, and it's all wonderfully done with breath-taking CGI effects and lots of explosions and such. There's also a bit of romance (but not overdone like the Spiderman films), a solid story and some good characters other than Tony Stark. Terrance Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges are all excellent as well. Director Jon Favreau has a bit part as one of the bodyguards and even Stan Lee sneaks in his usual cameo.
I also thought this film stayed pretty true to the comic book, except instead of the Vietnam war they use Afghanistan for his origins.
This is a big ole popcorn movie that has Summer blockbuster written all over it, with equal parts action, laughs and heart. One of the best super hero movies made yet, and that's saying something.
Plus, any movie that starts with AC/DC's "Back In Black" and ends with Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" automatically gets extra butt-kick points on my scale.
"Peace means having a bigger stick than the other guy."
p.s. Don't leave before the end of the credits or you'll miss a very cool scene...