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Bloviating Zeppelin: Iron Man

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Iron Man

In my estimation the new Marvel Comics character Iron Man has translated to the large screen in an absolutely excellent fashion -- in fact, I'd wager it's the best Marvel comic character movie yet created, considering the crew of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four and the Punisher. Director/actor Jon Favreau (who, at 6'2" plays Happy Hogan, Stark's Rolls-Royce Phantom driver) did well with his choice of Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Terrence Howard as Lt. Col James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges as co-Stark Industrialist Obadiah Stone.

I found Iron Man to be actually entertaining -- a primary element so sadly lacking in so many films today. Robert Downey Jr. (his past antics notwithstanding) does quite a fine job with central character Tony Stark, leader of a huge military corporation whose production includes missiles, warheads, etc.

However, once Stark comes face-front with his own mortality somehow, magically, mystically, his corporate worldview manages to change and, for a number of reasons (I don't wish to be a spoiler, you see) decides to utilize a powerful armored suit he's created for Good. And more.

As opposed to a few recent movies, the CGI is absolutely excellent. There were "real world" versions of the Iron Man armor created for the film, and the meshing of CGI with the "real" armor was completely seamless. And I mean seamless.

Iron Man actually had a plot, a script, great actors, sterling CG effects, a number of laughing points (and I seldom laugh outright in movies any more) and managed to delineate characters you truly cared about.

For the parents: I cannot even recall one swear word in the film. It's entertaining and clean. Yes, violence included however. You can even watch the movie online, here.

Want to acquire a taste of the future for the franchise? Wait until the credits have entirely played. Don't leave your seat. Then you'll see.



Blogger TexasFred said...

Spider-Man - Was not impressed

The Hulk - Sucked, big time

Fantastic Four - Was pretty good

The Punisher - Didn't see it

Ironman is getting some awesome ratings and reviews, might have to see this one...

Mon May 05, 09:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

TF: if you ever rent at a local DVD store, I would recommend The Punisher. Not bad a'tall. Not a superhero per se, but a guy who enjoys guns. Lots of guns.


Mon May 05, 10:15:00 AM PDT  
Blogger benning said...

I enjoyed Spiderman. Fantastic Four did not live up to its promise. The Hulk was one of the worst films ever made.

I've been looking forward to Iron Man since seeing a trailer months ago. With your review I will have to see it.

Mon May 05, 03:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

The movie was excellent! I think it has appeal, as well, to both sides of the political spectrum- a real difficult balancing act.

They had Islamic terrorists without naming them; and they had the corrupt, greedy capitalist. They had the pro-military/pro-military funding peace through strength outlook; and they also had the consequences of such technological developments falling into the wrong hands; even when Stark further develops his suit to stop those who are now using his weapons for bad, that technology is also hijacked for evil purposes.

But it's still the advanced technology in the right hands that safeguards the world.

Fri May 09, 12:17:00 AM PDT  

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