Monday, May 05, 2008

IRON MAN

Just back from watching Iron Man with my friend John. We agree it's one of the best superhero movies ever. Robert Downey Jr. makes you care about Tony Stark as a flawed man trying to atone for past mistakes. His natural delivery makes the jokes better and steers the emotional moments away from melodrama. In short, you hang on his every word. The supporting cast (Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard) likewise bring the full weight of their talents to their roles.

Despite major star power, Iron Man features the attention to detail more common to pet projects. It's the rare superhero movie that raises the bar.

Be sure to stay through the end credits.

3 comments:

patrick said...

Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; its makers drop some pretty obvious sequel hints too... i'm thinking the next one should be equally great

Dave White said...

I thought it was a great movie too, but still call on X2 and Spider-man 2 as better super hero movies. I think super hero origin movies end up suffering from being an origin story. But Iron Man may be the best of the origin stories.

Next up, The Dark Knight.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Saw this Friday night and although I love Robert Downey and loved the production values, I think it suffered for me because I was totally unfamiliar with its origin story--unlike the big three-Batman, Superman and Spiderman. And because I came to this one at such an elderly age, I found the time spent on manufacturing his suit as sort of wasted time. The movie seemed overly concerned with that aspect for me.