MOVIE: Iron Man (2008)

ironmanYou know how sometimes when a movie has gotten the kind of crazy over-the-top happy buzz this movie got when it first came out, you end up seeing it a few months later and go, “Meh, what was all the hubbub, bub?”

This is not that kind of movie.

Because this movie? Was just as awesome as everybody kept telling us it was.

If you’ve gotten this far along in 2008 without hearing about the plot of this superhero flick, you must be living under a rock by choice, man, so you might want to stop reading right now and go back to your dark hole underground where the only entertainment media you partake in is moldy copies of Mad Magazine from the 80’s (not that I blame you, of course — Spy vs. Spy was always my favorite).

For the rest of you, though, it goes a little bit like this:

Rich White Dude makes a fortune off the suffering of others (our “hero” is weapons maker Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr.).  Rich White Dude goes to Afghanistan to demonstrate his Latest Killing Device.  Rich White Dude gets kidnapped by Bad Guys who, when they find out who he is, force him to work with Accented Genius Guy in order to develop a replica of Latest Killing Device.

Only, Rich White Dude has begun to discover the error of his ways and cannot let such a weapon fall into the hands of Bad Guys, so instead, he makes himself Suit of Armor 1.0, which he then uses to blast his way out of the bunker and fly back to safety.

Suit of Armor 1.0 works well enough to get him free, but has a lot of bugs (one of the major ones being the approximate battery life of a laptop from 1994).  So, Rich White Guy returns home, drops bombshell on company (weapons bad! mousy secretaries good!) and decides to make Suit of Armor 2.0 instead of guns, with the ultimate goal of it one day replacing traditional airplanes by letting pilots themselves become the aircraft.

Of course, Rich White Dude has ignored all of history, as so many Rich White Dudes seem to do.  And therefore, it does not occur to him that his device of mass construction could just as easily be converted into a weapon of mass destruction.  And that’s where Rich White Dude’s nemesis, Disgruntled Other Rich White Dude, played by Jeff Bridges, comes into play.

Commence battle of good vs. evil.

Predictability aside (and you can’t — CANNOT — harsh on a superhero movie for being predictable, because that’s absolutely 100% THEIR JOB), this is simply a stunning flick.  Great effects, a terrific sense of humor, and marvelous acting on the part of Robert Downey Jr., who could play this same character from now until the end of time without ever once boring me.  And, for that matter, probably will, considering how much money it’s made him.

All in all, an absolute blast.  I can’t wait to see it again — and already have the sequel in my pre-queue at Netflix, that’s how Be-Prepared I am.  AWESOME.

[Netflix me | Buy me]

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow

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10 Responses to “MOVIE: Iron Man (2008)”

  1. Alisa Says:

    “This isn’t the worst thing you’ve caught me doing.”

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Iron Man has always been one of the cooler superheroes, because like Peter Parker/Spider Man, he’s just a regular human who exceeds his personal limitations to kick ass in superior fashion.

    I’ve always thought Superman’s greatest weakness as a character was his godlike powers – there’s only one way to defeat him, so he can phone in just about everything, whereas Iron Man has to outwit and outbattle using his melon and mechanical skills.

    And to further send this thread down to ultra-geeky depths, may I remind all that the release of Watchmen, the Citizen Kane of comics and one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century, is imminent.
    (Dr. Manhattan could totally beat Superman. Totally.)

  3. megwood Says:

    Yeah, but what’s the buzz on Watchmen? I’m worried. Is it going to suck??

  4. Lizzie Says:

    My husband and I saw “Iron Man” IN THE THEATRE only a week or 2 after it came out, and we LOVED it! Alisa, that line you quoted was one of the best in the movie, and sums up a lot about the character and story. Now Lee and I both love Robert Downey Jr., and I even got Lee to look at an Elton John video (“I Want Love”) which features Downey lip-synching very well to Elton’s singing.

    Downey also was part of an hilarious bit on “Idol Gives Back” where he, Ben Stiller, and Jack Black pretend to be the Pips for a real video of Gladys Knight singing “Midnight Train to Georgia” (whoo! whoo!). It WAS on YouTube, and probably still is.

    Now I want to see the 3 of them in that movie where Downey plays a BLACK action hero! Only I can’t remember the name of it! Aauugh!

  5. megwood Says:

    Tropic Thunder! My husband saw it while I was on vacay over Thanksgiving and said though it wasn’t as good as it could’ve been in a few spots, RDJr. was awesome. Not that we’re surprised to hear it. I’m looking forward to seeing it at Xmas myself. 🙂

  6. Alisa Says:

    i loved RD Jr in Chances Are. Despite all his drug problems, I think he’s a great actor.

  7. Rochelle Says:

    the only reason i let my sister talk me into watching Iron Man: RDJr. (OK, two reasons, she would NOT SHUT UP ABOUT IT UNTIL I SAW IT). i OWN Only You on DVD because even though it is a ridiculous rom com, i heart RDJr. RDJr was charming but i found IR to be boring. I’m just not into superheroes. except Dean Winchester. 🙂

  8. megwood Says:

    Oh, Rochelle! I LOVE “Only You”! He’s so sweet in that!!

  9. Trip Says:

    Haven’t heard any buzz on Watchmen yet – but I hear your concern…since it appears to follow the story and visual style of the graphic novels so closely, the potential for train wreckery is high. I still find it hard to believe the story can be told effectively in the span of a 2-hour flick. I think it would probably be told best in the form of HBO miniseries.

    That said, the project has been driven by Zach Snyder, who did a good job with 300, so hopefully it’s a lean, mean, existential superhero story tellin’ machine!

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