|10.17.08||DVD|| AHHHHHHH DVD! so awesome! best movie evar!|
I did like it though. I liked how the end battle acknowledged the fact that these are two old guys in suits. Smart script. Good movie. News, right?
|05.03.08||Alamo South Lamar|| I didn't go to the 2-day-ahead-of-release sneek peak to see the jet pack guy because I didn't feel like dressing up like Iron Man, but I was happy to see that they had a show letting out right when I needed to get there for tonight's Pineapple Express showing. Plus Aaron and Eric were going to see it again and I haven't seen those guys in forever so... why not make it a triple feature day just like the olden times?|
I never read Iron Man enough to even know who Mandarin is... but I sort of knew the bare-bones essentials just from being a comic book nerd in my youth. Plus the suit's cool. Although I should also say my main driving factor for wanting to see this is the talent involved, not the property. Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges with the awesome bald/shaggy beard approach... Seemed to be surprising choices for a mindless comic book action movie. So I guess you could say I walked in hoping for something a bit more "intelligent" than recent comic book movies, maybe a bit more interesting on the story level or something like that.
I'll say right up fron that I liked it. Downey's charisma and quick-quipped writing kept it from getting slow, the effects and fight scenes were stimulating and refreshingly discernable, and Peter Billingsly cameos as a balding scientist. Check, Check, Check.
It is kind of the "easy" story for Iron Man though. The origins for most comic book characters were usually most always interesting and for a first movie you pretty much have to explain how he comes to be. Still, in that regard, I wasn't flat-out bored by the lack of conflict or plot like I was in the first Spider-Man, largely due to Downey's performance, so that's good. I also for some reason accepted the pseudo-technology with no problems, probably because the characters all had alliterative names. In a Real World movie, I'd have a huge problem with a "TRANSLATE" button right next to the video screen on the computer but... whatever.