Okay ... so I know the movie opened in theaters today so I'm gonna try to stay away from any spoilers. It's been a long time since I've read an Iron Man comic so I'm sure how true the movie is to the origin story ... that said, I thought it was handled brilliantly in the movie adaptation. Robert Downey, Jr. is cast perfectly as the boozy, womanizing Tony Stark and I was just stunned at how much Gwyneth Paltrow embodied Pepper Potts. The casting was really superb. I always really liked Iron Man as a superhero because, like Batman, he doesn't have any superpowers ... just a lot of money and a drive to help people. He's kind of the anti-Batman in some respects. The special effects were BRILLIANT. They were so seamless, I never once noticed anything that looked fake. The suiting up scenes are so cool ... I don't imagine it takes other superheroes that long to get dressed but it's so worth it. Again, the FX were just amazingly smooth ... it looked so real. I wasn't really prepared for how funny the movie is ... there were many times that the audience erupted in manic laughter ... a few lines even garnered applause. The only thing I thought was cheesy was the final showdown with
Obadiah Stane as the Iron Monger <-- highlight to see/be spoiled I mean, I get that there had to be a big ending and I didn't really hate it but it was the only part of the movie that made me roll my eyes and crinkle my nose. Make sure you stay until after the credits ... there is a very important bit after the credits that you can't miss. It really says a lot about where the sequel might be headed (btw, I really loved the shout-out to S.H.E.I.L.D. in the movie). As far as superhero movies go, this one is pretty perfect. I am hesitant to say it's the best one ever (simply because I love Batman so much) but it's deffo in the Top 3. Marvel/Paramount really hit a homerun with this movie ... it's damn near impeccable.
Here are a few pics of Darion and me having fun in the theater lobby:
We're dorks, we know it.
Tonight David and I are seeing Macbeth!!! I'm so excited ... and the weekend has only just begun.