Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Iron Man Review

I had the fortune of attending an advance screening (thanks G!) of the new Paramount/Marvel film - Iron Man and I was pleasantly surprised by Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as Tony Stark. In the past, I have been disappointed with some comic book adaptation films (wanting to immediately run home and read the original comics and stories and forget the failed movie adaptation) because the characters and stories got lost in the translation from comic to film - so I've now learned to enter all comic book adaptation films without any expectations.

The film revolves around a very relevant topic of terrorism in Afghanistan and the use and sale of technologically advanced weapons created by Stark industries. Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy and technological genius, and the story follows his capture by terrorists in which he realizes that the very weapons that he has been creating to protect the innocent are being used against them. He has an epiphany that he can no longer contribute to the creation of these weapons of mass destruction and instead focuses his genius and energy into creating an armored suit which endows him with flight, super strength, and a lot of kick ass weapons to fight the terrorists. Robert Downey Jr. had quite a challenge in taking on this role because the real star of this movie is the Iron Man suit (which in reality took Robert Downey Jr. 80 mins to get in and out of), but he did an amazing job - as the Iron Man suit accentuates the character of Tony Stark rather than the opposite. The costume designers or prop designers that created the suit matched the comic version exactly. This film has great special effects, believable CGI animation, a cameo featuring Marvel comics founder Stan Lee, and convincing performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff bridges. I grew up reading Iron Man comics in my youth and Robert Downey Jr. had me convinced that he was Tony Stark. The performances by Terence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow were forgettable and the studio could have cast anyone to play the roles of Lt. Colonel Rhodes and Tony Stark's assistant Virginia "Pepper" Potts (thank goodness Gwyneth Paltrow did not put on her fake British accent!). Overall, this film is worth checking for the special effects, the Iron Man suit, and Robert Downey Jr.'s amazing performance.

Yay to Iron Man!!!


SexiBoo said...

Very cool! I am so happy that it was good and you enjoyed it. To hear this review makes me want to see the movie!

Coogi2G said...

Hey sexiboo!

Yes - I think that you would enjoy it!

Paprika said...

Just saw the movie this week and I fell in love with RDJ all over again. He has such an incredible talent. I love how his performances are so subtle, but they completely steal the show from everyone else.

I enjoyed Gwyn as Pepper, however near the end she suddenly became stupid. Tsk, tsk writers!

Jeff Bridges was unrecognizable as Obadiah Stane. I seriously have to go see the film again and look hard at his face.

Terrance Howard didn't have much to do, however his warmth and humility really stood out.

A definite must see film for the summer. And I would even say a must see twice!

Coogi2G said...

Yes, Paprika - agreed - I definitely need to see it again!!!