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.