Iron Man (2008)
Ranking: Not so much
I'm going to begin this be reiterating the fact that I do not read comics. I mean, I've read Maus and Persepolis, Lenore, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and my favourite thing in the world is Rex Libris, but, being a chick, I have never read superhero comics. I think I read an issue of Swamp Thing once.
That being said, I thought this movie was kind of crappy. I tried to like it. I really did. I was as optimistic about the whole thing as possible. I mean, it even had Robert Downey Jr. in it.
But it was just... so... American. It's obsessed with technology and, more importantly, with the idea that one man can single handedly defend the United States from The Bad Guys. One man who gets to arbitrarily decide who are the Good Guys and who are the Bad Guys. One man with all the power.
It pissed me off, although it did make for a lot of discussion in the following days.
The other thing that pissed me off was that Gwyneth Paltrow was in it. I know, she needs work, she needs to put food on the table for Apple and Moses (although it's not as if the Coldplay guy isn't doing anything), but she did not deserve to be in this movie. Gwyneth Paltrow is like a fine truffle oil and should not be sprinkled on your Kraft Dinner.
Yeah, there are a lot of good actors in the movie, and I guess if it wasn't her it would be some slag like Jessica Alba (I kind of like Jessica Alba, but I think you get my reasoning here), but still. I just hope to Christ she got paid a lot for this movie.
Now, I will say that the CG FX in the flick were top of the fucking line. I somehow managed to not see Transformers (still not quite sure how that happened, actually...), but Mr. Blue tells me that the FX in that movie were of a similar calibre. And that is important.
Anyway, I didn't really like this movie that much, but I am willing to admit it was vastly more entertaining than The Dark Knight.
Directed by: Jon Favreau. Written by: Mark Fergus, Hawk Otsby, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow.