2008 has been a movie-goers dream. Indy returned, Hulk smashed, Batman went dark, Wall-E charmed, and they even threw in a Star Wars flick just to make this blockbuster summer official. But as for the first of these mid-year attractions, Iron Man started the ball rolling nicely. A shining performance for a film that I honestly thought would not deliver. C'mon, you know the drill - hype a movie...excite the fans...release garbage. It's a process that's happened so many times, I expect it instinctively. But this time, my instincts were wrong.
Here is my review. It's divided into 6 critique areas. It will contain no spoilers.
INTRO: This film begins with an unnecessary "premonition", which ineffectively mirrors Mission Impossible in revealing the future. I liked it in MI because it added wonder to the story, but the way they chose to do it here doesn't change anything. The movie just started ahead of itself, then went back and played from the actual beginning. With seemingly no purpose for this, I didn't get it. I'm not saying I didn't like the sequence, the screen time was used well actually - It introduced you to the person of Tony Stark and began the rising action, but it just seemed redundant. We get to this part AGAIN 10 minutes later (you could have been late, and not missed a thing), what's the point? It accomplishes the same things, except now, we're seeing it for the 2nd time. But fortunately, this small infraction doesn't ruin things.
PLOT/PACING: A generic plot with a predictable twist. It may sound dull, but the entertaining part was actually watching it. All the familiar elements come together to make this basic story very enjoyable. There were no heavy plot points to weigh on your mind, no symbolic themes to discover and analyze, or fast exposition that makes it difficult to follow. A good director knows: Simplicity is sometimes the best choice. Give our protagonist a problem, show him how to fix it, throw a bad guy in there, and watch how it plays out. It doesn't take a masters in composition to put a plot together, just some brains. I actually surprised myself for liking this. I'm usually of the smart story-line variety, but this film says that you don't need all that to have a good time at the theater, and that's what we're all there for right?
ACTION: Comedy and action is a difficult genre combo to pull off well. The two seemingly just don't mix. How can you portray the intensity of an action scene when you are simultaneously trying to humor the audience? It felt weird during Fantastic Four, and I've never quite adapted to this new-age fusion. But, Iron Man does a great job. High-dollar technology and sarcasm is a perfect hybrid for fun. Our writers combine great aerial chases and fierce ground assaults with Tony Stark's wicked tongue (and he just keeps the laughs rolling). This is what Transformers was going for, but they missed the mark entirely. The balance (in this unorthodox union) is not to be stupid, but to allow adults and kids alike to have a great time. And when you're mind is stimulated with a good story, you're laughing from good humor, and your eyes light up during the fireworks displays, how could you NOT have fun?
CHARACTERS: The spark that brought this very basic story-line to life was our main character. Tony Stark lit up the screen. Funny, bold, cavalier, intelligent, charming...he's great. And the suit...well it's just AWESOME. It's also good how the designers worked in the architecture of the suit with Stark's personality. It actually LOOKS like him. The times when he wasn't his iron alter ego, he and Pepper had a nice chemistry. She instantly catches your fancy and the rare moments when they share important dialogue is like bitter-sweet agony. Our villain is a standard bad guy with standard motives - money and power. But all is well, because you won't be watching this film for him.
CONCLUSION: Yep, you guessed it...another showdown. But at least the tide of victory swung back and forth a couple times, and there were outside forces at work that kept the battle suspensful. Also, our path to the showdown didn't feel forced, but rightly seemed the consequence of multiple actions from several characters. Strangely though, Iron Man is scripted to take a hefty beating here. The same thing was done in Spider-man 1, where Green Goblin just humiliates Spidey at the end. We don't want to see our heros get demolished, why do these writers do that? Here's the problem: These scenes are choreographed to seem "real and unbiased". But let's not forget, this is a COMIC-BOOK movie anyway...some of your realism is compromised regardless. It would be better to just stay true to these characters' origins and let them clean house (no one would have an issue with this). Lastly, Tony Stark ends with a good laugh, and the audience watches the ending credits with smiles on their faces.
SYNOPSIS: Iron Man employs story elements that we've seen before, but the key is that they're done well. It doesn't falter, leave you disappointed, or let down. The audience NEVER stops having a good time. And as much as critics may praise profound messages and deep literary themes in film, it's my previous statement that ultimately matters most. I give this movie a GOOD rating.
Iron Man is solid gold. Good action that you can share with the whole family is hard to find, but this picture delivers it. With a great humor and high replay value, I can see this one hogging the disc tray for months to come...
That looks better than what I did. This is one of my Favorite movies Enjoyable and Action with a Good Story...I give it a solid 8.8
Watched it again tonight, I love it, Personally I would give it 9/10!
very good review. you even mentioned some details i missed.
Eulian;4600144We don't want to see our heros get demolished, why do these writers do that? Here's the problem: These scenes are choreographed to seem "real and unbiased". But let's not forget, this is a COMIC-BOOK movie anyway...some of your realism is compromised regardless. It would be better to just stay true to these characters' origins and let them clean house (no one would have an issue with this). Lastly, Tony Stark ends with a good laugh, and the audience watches the ending credits with smiles on their faces.
Don't tell what I want to see. I don't want to see a short battle where Iron Man destroys Obbie. That's boring, they're villians for a reason, they are capable of so much and that's why they are difficult for our heroes to take down. It's gotta be a challenge otherwise it's not worth having a showdown. And it makes it interesting, even though we know the hero will never die in a comic book movie, for us to have the most brief moment of :eek: for our hero is much better than just yawning through the whole sequence.
I didn't actually like the movie... It was like "Hey, I'm in a cave without any technologie... let's make a superass suite..." I would rather give it an 6/10
For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!
15th March 2004
I rathered enjoyed it. The part "Let's face it, this is not the worst thing you've caught me doing. " really got me pissing my pants.
[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords
I didn't actually like the movie... It was like "Hey, I'm in a cave without any technologie... let's make a superass suite..." I would rather give it an 6/10 -Tom
Actually, Tom, He made the first suit as a means for escape. The Iron Man suit was because of the epiphany he had. When he realized his weapons were being sold to the people he meant to destroy with them, he wanted to do something that would make a difference. He wanted to add meaning to his life (as most of these ridiculously rich types do after a near death experience). Fighting crime was the next logical step for him. As I said, it isn't extraordinarily deep, but its a well-told story.