20 February 2011

Movies: Iron Man

Iron Man http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371746/
With Iron Man 2 coming out in a couple months, I thought I'd revisit this 2008 flick for another viewing.
I think this is one of the best recent comic to movie adaptations. Sure it isn't the exact origin story, I think we've been beaten down enough by preceding comic adaptations to no longer really expect it. But this isn't the shitfest that was Fantastic Four either.
As an origin story it is coherent, it doesn't meander about. It is paced pretty well, never takes on that "stuck in the mud" feeling that other origin films seem to get mired in. Has some good humorous moments that aren't shoved in your face like a cream pie. The main and support cast members do very well and don't run around screaming "i'm out of my depth" like certain DareDevils and such.

Robert Downey Jr - is there a role that guy can't play? I mean, he's not one's first go-to thought for "Tony Stark/Iron Man" but when they first announced he was cast in the role I shrugged and said "that could work." And it does. A shame Terrance Howard as "Rhodey" won't be returning in the next movie. He did fine in this one. I guess that's what happens when actors have 'fallings out' with production.
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts? She brings a grace to the role that trumps Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson for sure. Dunst still has points from for upside-down-rain-kissing.
Jeff Bridges as Stane - well I kept expecting him to be drinking White Russians for some reason.
The special effects look great and aren't overpowering; they tie everything together nicely, the way a rug really ties a room together.
Granted, one has to turn off certain filters to watch fantasy movies like these. This movie does a good job of not straining that 'suspension of disbelief', except for the brief wondering "how the hell does the suit carry enough fuel for Iron Man to fly to Afghanistan and back?" type things. That and "how the hell did he not turn into canned jelly from that impact." Just ignore those and they'll go away.
Definitely worth watching again if you haven't seen it in a while, especially with IM2 coming out soon. And definitely worth watching the first time if you like action movies and don't mind if they're based on comic books.

(original post 21 March 2010)

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