Iron Man

Posted by james on May 3, 2008

(post.rating: 8)

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What a strange surprise super-hit this was. When I saw the previews, all I could think of was my friend Chris. From the black sabbath preview music to the "I'm so cool, I don't need to watch the tank explode" attitude, it seemed like his kind of film. All macho, all cool. I was a little hesitant about Robert Downey Jr. I've really liked him in other movies as the hyperactive slightly weird guy (esp. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), but I didn't know how he'd do in the hero role, or if he'd overdo it with the sly cockiness.

But it ended up being really good. The environments and atmospheres were vivid and engrossing; the desert, the lab, the mansion, they all seem memorable and fit into place. They did an awesome job with the suit and gadgets, they looked believable and fun at the same time (with the possible exception of the stereotypical comedic-relief robot arm?). And who knew; Gwen Paltrow did an awesome job as Pepper. Maybe a bit too demure at times, but definitely not what I would have expected.

Possibly the worst part of the film was my-voice-never-changes-what-movie-am-I-in-now Jeff Bridges. I've never really liked him in anything he's been in, he just looked weird an unnatural bald with a beard. And his level of excitement was only matched by the inanimate objects in the background, all vying for non-attention. They had an amazing middle eastern villian with Faran Tahir, just awesome. Why couldn't they have matched his qualities in his white counterpart? Apparently the most scary thing most Americans can imagine, besides middle eastern terrorists (am I allowed to type that on the internet?), is a boardmember-chairman who wants to TAKE OVER THE COMPANY! Man. That's scary. Couldn't they have just skipped the power-suit battle and just had an hour or so with some excel spreadsheets?

Besides Bridges, everything else was great. And I can't wait for whatever is coming next, though I always fear they're going to botch up sequels.