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Iron Man Movie
May 5, 2008 - Matt Phillips
I am a huge fan of comic books and their adaptations into movies and television. Recent years have shown an explosion of comic book related movies in spite of the general decline in comic book sales. The technology available now for special effects has made the timing of the production of these movies perfect. The best example of this is the newly released Iron Man movie.
Iron Man has always been a popular character but never a superstar. This movie shows his true potential. The hype that surrounds comic book movies is usually so massive that the movie itself is a little of a let down. That is not the case with this movie. The action is intense, but the movie isn't all action. You see the character develop from an arrogant womanizer to the hero that just needs a chance to break free. The story centers primarily on Iron Man's origin and is brought up to date to make it more relevant to today's audience. The character himself remains true to the comic book.
As with any movie adaptation there will be fans who will get upset by differences from the original story. Many fans I've known point them out with disgust especially when the characters are as beloved as Spider-Man or Batman. As Iron Man isn't as popular as these, I think a little more room is given for the movie to take. I would rank this movie as one of the best superhero movies I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them!
The acting was excellent. Robert Downy Jr. is very believable as an alcoholic womanizer playboy. Jeff Bridges plays his character as a ruthless businessman well - although it is no surprise who the bad guy is revealed. Rhody's hint to a War Machine appearance in the future whets the appetite for a sequel.
The success of this movie leaves me very hopeful of the potential of other superhero movies not yet adapted for the big screen. **Spoiler Alert**With the gigantic hint at the very end of Iron Man that the Avengers may be in the future, there is a good chance we may see Thor and Captain America sometime soon. This movie shows that a comic book superhero movie does't have to be a corny B movie (Catwoman, Ghost Rider etc.) or a dark gritty movie (Batman). It can be a good film that everyone can enjoy with just enough humor, action and plot. I can only hope that the new Hulk movie is written and directed as well.
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