Iron Man Impressions

Friday, May 02, 2008

Just got back from watching the latest comic book based movie, and I gotta say, I liked it! I mean I've always had a soft side for Iron Man because the suit is friggin' awesome and because underneath that awesome suit is a hardcore smart geek who built it. Tony Stark is what every nerd would want to be, rich, smart, cocky, women all over you, and the unlimited funds and time to tinker around and build whatever you want to be, so yeah I was looking forward to this movie. In that sense it did not fail, throughout the whole movie Tony Stark is that cocky sarcastic rich smart bastard who gets to play with awesome toys. And boy were they awesome! His set up is crazy, and there's some fictitious workstation that's like a 3d holographic thing you can interact with that has no chance of being made within the next 50 years but is still awesome. The Iron Man himself also looks incredible, I really have to congratulate the animators and engineers behind the graphics, because they look incredibly convincing and never look outlandish or too plasticky.

The story however does tend to drag. At a little over 2 hours it's not an especially long movie but the slow pace and lack of action makes it feel much longer. Also there's some bits of "humor" and characters that feel thrown in there only to please the waves of kids that will be flocking to see this movie.To be honest there's only a handful of true action scenes and I think the movie could have benefited from a bit more. I can't shake the feeling that this was just an expository film and that it's just building up for the sequel. The fact that there's no real strong antagonist only further illustrates this. The acting is pretty good, Robert Downey Jr. as stated before plays Tony Stark pretty incredibly and his character stays constant throughout, Gwyneth Paltrow has a good show and Jeff Bridges too.

Overall the movie is worth watching, I do really recommend it. If you're a geek it goes without saying that you need to be there, but even if you're not really one and are looking to be entertained go see it.

Also Iron Man owns a Wii!!!! You can see it right underneath his TV in his living room.