Wednesday, August 15, 2012
From start to finish, this movie is very entertaining, and even if it wasn’t a comic book movie, I’d still feel that way. I had my reservations way back when, when Robert Downey, Jr. was cast as the lead. I always saw him as the roles he played in the 80s, like one of the douche bag antagonists in Weird Science or the drugged out (both in the movie and in real life) friend in Less Than Zero. Basically, I’ve always thought of him as just a supporting character (Chaplin aside) and not the lead hero of an action movie.
Back in the 90s, when I first heard of Hollywood trying to get the comic book character of Iron Man onto the big screen, the name being mentioned quite a bit in the letters portion of many Marvel Comics books was Tom Cruise. I thought, at the time, that he would’ve done well in the role. I didn’t know much about the character—seeing as how I wasn’t into that particular comic book when I was younger—but I figured Tom Cruise would be a good box office draw. But, after a while, the books stopped citing the upcoming movie and I figured there really wasn’t too much interest in the character by the movie studios.
Well, 2008 came around and Paramount Studios—collaborating with the new Marvel Studios—released the much hyped Iron Man. I bought into it and being a big comic book nerd—regardless if I had read the source material—I paid for my ticket and watched it.
There is, of course, much more to this part than I can put in words, but the buildup to how Stark creates his armor and how he escapes is amazing. When Stark returns back home, he is affected by his recent traumatic experience, not wanting his company to make weapons, but to venture into renewable energy and, more importantly (as well as secretly), to create a better and more advanced suit of armor than what he created in captivity. Of course, besides the trauma he had endured, there is much more to why he chooses his path than just being a hostage of terrorists.
The special effects, great when the film was released, is already looking a little dated in some scenes, but that’s to be expected; most special effects become dated within 4 or 5 years. Most of the flight scenes were believable and looked very impressive.
I’m keeping this one short and sweet, because I’m sure most of you have seen this movie. If not, you are woefully behind in the must-see movies that should be watched before viewing The Avengers. But my final “bit” on Iron Man? The movie keeps you rooted in your seat, cheering Tony Stark on as himself or as Iron Man, since this flick is definitely not one of those superhero movies where you’re bored watching the hero when he’s not in his superhero persona. The film is a great addition to your library, if you haven’t purchased it already. If you haven’t, you may want to wait until The Avengers is released on home media, because I’m sure that there is going to be some extravagant edition that features all the movies leading up to it.
Iron Man is awesome!
By the way, a little fun trivia for you: the engineer that Obadiah Stane speaks to about duplicating Tony Stark’s arc reactor is none other than Peter Billingsley—little Ralphie from A Christmas Story—who looks a little ridiculous with his hair shaved to look like he’s bald. Also, look for Captain America’s shield in the scene where Pepper Potts walks in on Stark while he’s being disassembled as Iron man. And, if you haven’t heard or seen it already, there is an extra scene after all the credits have rolled that gives the first wink at the upcoming (at the time) Avengers movie.
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