Friday, May 2, 2008

Will Iron Man Be the Best . . . .

. . . . super hero movie of all time?
Signs point to yes. Every geek I know is itching to see this film. Perhaps more importantly, National Public Radio reviewed it this morning . . . . . and they hated it. This is a very good sign.
Specifically, the reviewer said the film is fractured by the many sides of Tony Stark. He's the charming billionaire, but he's also the grim captive of jihadists and then the all-powerful do-gooder.
Spoken by a guy who never liked the character of Iron Man in the first place, buddy. I mean, I'm no botanist over here, but I would have thought that it was kind of important to show Tony Stark with a multi-faceted personality, with some of the facets conflicting with others. That's kind of the point, genius.
As a matter of fact, maybe you've heard of other characters written in a similar way--Dr. Bruce Banner, for instance, or Clark Kent, or Peter Parker? Bruce Wayne? They all have somewhat fragmented personalities because they are--and this is sort of a central part of the superhero genre, so pay attention--people who lead two or more completely separate lives. Generally, they have their super hero personas, and then they have their "secret identities." It's a little like violence in a gangster movie--you don't have to like it, but I expect it.

6 comments:

dneylon said...

I saw it Tuesday and loved it. Definitely worth a ticket, a drink and a tub of popcorn.

And no, I didn't have to buy the ticket, but I'd be willing.

Anonymous said...

Don't know about the flick, but the RIQ(reviewer in question) Turan, I believe, is a tool.I usually tolerate him but when he reviewed "No Country for Old Men" he referred to Lewellen as "trailer trash". Worse yet the schmarmy pedant had the audacity to rip on Cormac McCarthy's writing. That's simply not done.Ever.

Don Gwinn said...

In the afternoon, somebody was reviewing it on All Things Considered when I tuned in. I only caught the last half or so, but this reviewer liked the film. He complimented Favreau's direction, and he particularly like the "warm" color scheme of gold-on-red for Iron Man (which is a little like complimenting the Super Man movies because the red cape is such a good idea, but whatever.)

Of course, at the end he had to discuss how much the film "worried" him. See, it "sends the message that one brilliant capitalist can undercut the military-industrial complex" and we can't have that. He worried that perhaps this movie, viewed abroad, will be seen as one more movie intended to "make Americans feel good about themselves."
I'm not kidding with the quotes; that's verbatim.

And so, reading between the lines, here's his actual review in a language I can understand:

"Iron Man is a great piece of mythmaking (those are his actual words) well-directed and well-acted (also his words) which makes people who don't like America squirm uncomfortably in their seats. Also, people who hate comic books or adventurous stories about virtuous heroes will hate this movie, so don't bring any dour jerks to the theater with you."

J.R.Shirley said...

Looking forward to it.

The Earth Bound Misfit said...

Just saw it. Well worth the ticket price. Definitely a big-screen movie.

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