Iron Man

I am not really a summer blockbuster kind of guy. From time to time there are movies that are fun, but normally these big budget flashy action pictures leave me wanting more conversation and less fighting. I know it probably means that I have to turn in my "man" card, but I would much rather watch a romantic comedy than an explosion and Enchanted was my favorite movie last year.

But I have a youth group full of guys so I end up watching a ton of summer movies. Today was Iron Man the next instalment in the Marvel comics movie line. Growing up I was a Marvel comics guy, but I was never really into Iron Man. I would see him when he had dealings with The Avengers, but not really much else. So I didn’t really have an invested interest in his origin story or the "sanctity" of his character. I think that always helps when going in to see a movie like this. The less you care about the characters before the movie starts the less they can crush you if you don’t do something exactly right. 

Alright, that is enough of an intro; let’s talk about the movie. I have to say that it is the best superhero movie since Spiderman 2 hands down. If I were to rank the recent superhero titles It would have to go Spidey 2, Iron Man, Spidey 1. Robert Downy Jr. did a great job of bringing Tony Stark to life. I told Meredith that he was really too much actor for the part, but that was a good thing because he made the character work.

Actually the characters are what I liked best about this movie. When Marvel actually has control of a movie they understand that the special effects get people to come see the picture, but they tell their friends to go see it because of the characters in the movie. Downy played Tony Stark as part funny, part tortured, part playful, part driven and did them all with a subtlety that is normally lacking in an action movie. The rest of the cast worked as well, with Gweneth Paltrow(who plays Pepper Potts Tony’s secretary) as the only disappointing performance. And she doesn’t really do bad, she does as well as you can expect Gweneth to do.

All in all it was a popcorn movie worth watching. Of course that is when you watch it with low expectations as I had. I imagine I have already ruined the viewing experience for all of you by raising yours. Sorry.

On a related note: Why am I so worried about the new Indiana Jones movie? I can’t figure out if it is a fear of Harrison Ford’s age or memories of what Lucas did to Star Wars or something else that I can’t quite put my finger on.  


2 thoughts on “Iron Man

  • September 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I need a one girl christian 1-2min skit!!! Ehere can i get a good one??? Its fir an audition at my drama ministry at church!!! Any webstie?? And a character of a 10-15 year old would be fine too

    • September 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      I don’t have any here. The best thing would be to look for Christian monologues and see what you can find if you want to go that route. Of course if you have an hour you can write one on your own. Don’t worry about making it some big drama moment, just think about it as a typical teenage girl and the things that she is struggling with.

      The hardest part of a monologue is figuring out the hook that gets you talking to no one. Maybe take a picture of an adult woman in a frame and talk to it like she is your mom who is no longer with you. “Hey again, Mom, today was a crazy one. Marsha told Callie that Gina told Caroline that I said that Henrietta was annoying and I didn’t say that…etc”

      Then transition into something that is really bugging this girl, like needing to know what to do in a relationship. A line like “Dad has done so good these past 8 years being Mom and Dad both, but times like this is when I wish you were around.” Will make it so that you can explain that the mom is out of the picture.

      Be sure to add in some sort of struggle with the whole God aspect of what you are doing too.

      Use your own life. Write what you know. Don’t play up the drama of the Mom being gone. That’s easy drama. Find what speaks to the real life of teenagers and talk about it.

      Like I said, if you will sit down for about an hour and just keep typing you should have a usable. If you get stuck then write the craziest thing you can think of and then keep writing.

      Once you get it written down send it to me. I would love to read it.


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