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Movie Review: Iron Man

Saturday, May 03, 2008
My girlfriend and I saw Iron Man today (on opening day, no less), and to save you the trouble of reading what I'm about to write, I'll just say that it was awesome and worth every penny.

Okay, with that out of the way, here's the rundown. Wealthy womanizing weapon designer and manufacturer Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey, Jr. gets himself kidnapped by terrorists. He ends up manufacturing a mechanical suit for himself instead of a missile for them (easy to confuse the two, really), and busts out, gets home, and swears off the weapons business. That doesn't go over well with Stark Enterprises president Obadiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges, or, as he is universally known as, "The Dude"). Stark's assistant Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) helps out - as does his buddy Jim Rhodes (played by Terrence Howard) - as Stark makes himself an upgraded suit with which to help those being harmed by the weapons he built. Awesome-ilarity ensues.

Not only was the acting well done in the movie, but the direction was great, the pacing was perfect, and the special effects weren't special at all (that's the way I like 'em - you don't notice them!) The movie had a great ratio of awesome-to-suck, inasmuch as it had high levels of awesome and very low levels of suck. It was fun in all the right places and conveyed a superhero exactly as it wanted to. It never took itself too seriously, nor was too campy. In other words, it did the job of being entertaining for 126 minutes. I left the theater thinking, "That was definitely worth the price of admission."

Final word on Iron Man: Dear God, it was fun. See it.


Blogger Julien Chambers said...

So I take it Ironman was, in a word, Airwolf?

3:03 PM, May 05, 2008  

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