Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Iron Man

Sunday morning, 10.30am. Zak, Cyan and myself climb into the Previa and make the 10-minute journey to Harrow. Cyan swaps the cinema money for clothes money and disappears into mall heaven/hell* [*delete as appropriate]. Zak buys popcorn and diet-coke and we find our seats. Fifteen minutes later we are immersed in Marvel's latest movie incarnation.

Iron Man was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby in 1963. He was based on Howard Hughes, a millionaire, genius and 'ladies' man'. The character's original costume was a bulky grey 50s affair, changing to gold by the second story and then to a sleeker red and gold number drawn by Steve Ditko.

The film is an excellent adaption of the comic. Robert Downey Jr. is perfect for the part of Tony Stark. In fact, all the main actors are excellent, managing to walk the fine-line between taking it all too seriously, and simply 'sleep-walking' or parodying the characters. Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia 'Pepper' Potts is particularly affecting as his long-suffering assistant.

If you're looking for depth, or character development, or big suprises, you're looking at the wrong place. You're watching a film adaption of a comic. But taken as intended, it's a lot of fun. The special effects are superb (can't wait to watch it on Blu-ray). Watching Iron Man's suit being built is worth the price of admission.

Note to kidz: Add an Iron Man suit to my Christmas wish list.


soraneko said...

You mean like this: http://cad-comic.com/comic.php?d=20080426 ? :S

Teifion said...

I saw it recently too and I thought it was a very good film, it is funny and spectacular without being over the top.

brett jordan said...

Brilliant sky :-) thanks for that. Dx

brett jordan said...

Glad you enjoyed it as well Teifion.

patrick said...

Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well... i'm thinking the next one should be equally great