Sunday, May 04, 2008

I Am Iron Man

I saw Iron Man last night. Yes, it's getting some good hype, but it deserves the hype.

Iron Man is definitely the best superhero movie so far. Better than any of the Spiderman movies and the X-Men movies, and so much better than Fantastic Four that whoever made Fantastic Four should have to wear paper bags over their heads from now on.

Robert Downey Jr. is a surprisingly good Tony Stark. He dominates the screen much in the way Jack Nicholson dominated the scenes in Batman. Although the movie also has big names like Gwynneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, those rolls could have been filled by pretty much anyone and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The product placements were particularly annoying (Caesar's Palace and Burger King, I'm talking to you). But Downey definitely makes this movie worth seeing.

If I have one complaint, it's that the final confrontation was weak. The bad guy goes from being a greedy monster to a complete monster, going out of his way to try to kill a family in a minivan for no understandable reason at all except, you know, he's really evil and deserves whatever Iron Man is about to do to him.

But it's not unforgiveably bad, and again, I have to hand it to Robert Downy Jr. for being able to do the best with a less-than-stellar plot built largely on stereotypical characters and situations.

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