Saturday, May 3, 2008

Iron Man

Highly recommended. Flawed genius Robert Downey Jr. was a brilliant casting choice for the flawed genius Tony Stark. Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, and Terrence Howard all turned in terrific performances.

I loved comic books as a kid, which is why I sneak off to see superhero movies as an adult. Iron Man was never a favorite character of mine . . . Spiderman, Batman, the X-Men, and Daredevil were all faves. I loved all three Spiderman films, the first two X-Men installments, and Batman Begins. Daredevil and Ang Lee's Hulk were severely disappointing. It's really a roll of the dice when you go to see a childhood favorite translated to the big screen . . . so it's a delight when they hit one out of the park, like Sam Raimi did with Spiderman, or Jon Favreau did here with Iron Man.

Marvel has done a hell of a job bringing these old pulp characters to life on screen.

Iron Man might be my favorite adaptation yet. Be sure to wait the five minutes for the credits to finish (as in the X-Men films) for a special bonus scene / teaser.

I'm looking forward to a chance at redemption for The Hulk (June 13th) and another Batman installment from Chris Nolan (The Dark Knight, July 18th).

Shaping up to be a great summer movie season.

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