Iron Man

Film, 2008

I read a lot of superhero comics as a kid, and I can’t think of many of them that I was less interested in than Iron Man. He always seemed bland to me- the costume, Tony Stark’s genius and wealth, his powers, all of it. So I was pretty surprised last summer when this came out and looked like a sharp, fun watch. In the end it was pretty much what I expected, after hearing so much about it. Robert Downey Jr’s charm and delivery are far and away the best part, and Faverau does a fine job directing. I was under the impression that I was going to hate Gwyneth Paltrow, but I thought she was actually good, and Jeff Bridges’ tremendous acting chops manage to come out a couple of times. The inter-character banter is really fun- it’s fast and witty and the characters speak over and interrupt each other in a way makes it all seem a little natural. The worst thing about the movie, and it really brought the movie down a couple notches for me, was the music. Seriously, how are filmmakers still using heavy metal guitar riffs to convey badassness? Laughable. I know Marvel has a slate of other superhero films on deck, and Iron Man makes me worry about them. How, in a post Dark Knight and Watchmen world, are people going to be able to take Marvel’s fun filled properties seriously? 3

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