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Thursday, June 25, 2009


IRON MAN (2008). Director: Jon Favreau.

This big screen version of the long-time [since about 1963) Marvel comic book character comes very close to being an opulent bore, but at least it has a fairly exciting climax. The movie tells how munitions manufacturer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is injured by one of his own weapons in Afghanistan, has to wear a special device over his heart, and develops a super-suit with many devices to not only escape, but later to save lives and battle his adversary, former friend Obediah Stane (Jeff Bridges), who objects when Stark decides to get the family company out of the weapons business. The movie takes forever to get going, is slow and tedious for a good hour, until finally the revamped model of Iron Man makes its appearance and things finally pick up. The climax is a battle between Iron Man and Stane in an even bigger mechanical suit. The FX are fine, the acting isn't bad [Bridges absolutely walks away with the movie as the loathsome Stane], but one has to hope that the sequel will be a whole lot better. Terrence Howard is Rhodey; Gwyneth Paltrow is Petter Potts. Downey plays Stark like an overgrown frat boy. Stan Lee, who created Iron Man, has a cameo as Hugh Hefner! The film is not very well directed for the most part.

Verdict: Read the comic books instead. **1/2.


Unknown said...

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William said...

If I'm such an idiot how come I know the difference between "your" and "you're" [you are] and you don't?