Iron Man

Well the summer blockbuster season kicked off early this year. No doubt they're still stinging from the lack of anything good since February when Jumper was out.

Iron Man is based on the Marvel comics character of the same name, so anyone who has read those will probably already have a pretty good idea of what's going on here. Tony Stark is the CEO of a powerful weapons corporation that contracts with the defense department. He's arrogant, egotistical, and doesn't care what kind of publicity he manages to generate for his company, Stark Industries. All the makings of a truly great action hero, flaws and all.

As the movie progresses, Stark gets himself involved in a situation that will alter his perception about what his company does for a living, who they deal with, and why. Along the way we get to see some of the engineering genius that made Stark what he is today, thanks in large part to his father before him. There's combat action, character development, hot babes, the works. Oh yes, and lets not forget the dark side who's out to destroy the hero. What action movie would be complete without it?

The special affects are nothing short of awesome, especially the computers. Those of you obsessed with them like me should get a real kick out of seeing the various not so far fetched user interfaces Stark has in his lab. There's also the neat little glowy reactor thing they've used in most of the promo shots. Interesting ideas all around, and as I've said before, if Hollywood dreamed it up for the movie, someone has either developed it already or is working on it. So I'd say we all have some cool new toys not too far down the road to play with. Minus the neat flying suit of course :)

Though the cast is excellent, the story great, the special affects stunning, and the action well worth it, the movie is marred by some very noticeable political undertones that will be obvious to all but the most unaware people in the audience. It's a shame Hollywood's anti-war bias can't be set aside long enough to film an otherwise great movie without trying to shove their malignancy on the rest of us. Especially those of us who support our military, and our mission in the world. Guys, tell stories and entertain. Stop being political tools for your left wing buddies.

Over all, Iron Man does look like it's the start of another good run for movies. At least in May anyway. We'll see about later.

Coming in May

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - May 16, a must see.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - May 22, come on. It's Indiana Jones. How do you pass this up?

Coming in June

The Incredible Hulk - June 13, this one seems a bit iffy. Haven't we done enough Hulk? Less cheesy looking at least.
The Happening - June 13, M. Night Shyamalan. Do I need to say more? His stuff is nothing short of awesomeness on screen.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 2, 2008 8:33 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
Nice review, Samson. I've been waiting to be able to get to see Ironman for awhile already, now the further wait's going to be even harder. ;)

I agree with your take on the other movies you listed too. Hulk's been done to death already; M. Night has done a great job so far; I can't imagine how anyone could risk missing the next Naria movie after the first one?? Indy, on the other hand, I'm concerned about, the history of the series is outstanding, but Harrison's getting old..

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