Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.
Alright, my “geek card” is no longer in danger of being revoked — I saw Iron Man last night. I didn’t wait for the DVD, nor did I wait for it to start airing on the movie channels. And, although I wasn’t there for the first midnight showing, nor opening day, I did see it opening week. I had to. I got Speed Racer and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull right around the corner. Whew… May is a helluva movie month.
If there is one true-fast rule in Hollywood it’s that super hero movies are hit or miss — there’s no mediocre or middle of the road. Fortunately for super hero fans and movie goers in general, Iron Man is a bona fide hit. This is evident by the film pulling in some $102 million its opening weekend. Being the comic book geek that I am, it wasn’t a guarantee that I was going go dig the flick. We fanboys are a very critical bunch — and have no problem with biting the hand that feeds us our entertainment. Well, director Jon Favreau safely has all of his fingers intact without a single one being bitten off.
Is Iron Man the best super hero movie ever? Not quite sure just yet. But, it’s up there. (For the record, I’d say that Spider-Man 2 is currently king of the super hero movie hill.) But, I’d believe it’s safe to say that if Iron Man manages to keep the momentum that it has generated so far, that the Iron Man sequel due out in 2010 could very will be crowned king. When it comes to super hero movie franchises the first film has to carry the heavy load of getting across the inevitable origin of the hero. Iron Man pulls that off better than any other super hero movie to date — and a lot of the credit should probably go to Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Tony Stark, the man to eventually become Iron Man. Downey does a great job convincing the audience of Stark’s metamorphosis from brash billionaire industrialist playboy to super hero with a conscience and a cause.
And, I’m not the only one that dug the movie… My girlfriend, who pretty much had no idea about anything Iron Man, loved the movie — as well as crushing on Robert Downey Jr. now as well.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written by: Mark Fegus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Produced by: Avi Arad and Kevin Feige
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
MPAA Raging: PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content.
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