Iron Man is a little awesome.

You know, this is a good movie. Really, it is. Robert Downey, Jr. is resplendent as Tony Stark, the visuals and action sequences are absolutely amazing, and the whole thing has this style that makes it believable to the same extent as a celebrity’s life as we see it on, say, VH1 is believable. You know, buying into the bajillion dollar sports cars and luxury jacuzzis filled with, like, cocaine and diamond-encrusted thongs even though it’s all about as real to us as Santa Claus.

But to be honest, it’s a few years too late for Iron Man. The whole thing is so predictable and formulaic that while there’s hardly a solid, definable weak point in the acting or script, it feels stale. There’s really only so much that can be done with the super hero origin story and its presentation, and it’s feeling pretty tired at this point. If you’ve seen even a fraction of the comic book flicks released since Spider-Man, this is a movie that’s going to feel redundant, even if Downey, Jr is so good that his Stark puts whiny Peter Parker to shame.

For virgin viewers, though, this is a great place to pick the genre up. As mentioned, the movie definitely has a sheen to it, but there’s only so many times you can polish the furniture before you need to replace it with something new and exciting. With strong hints towards an upcoming Avengers franchise (stay after the credits!), it’s clear that Marvel has big plans for the future; let’s just get there already.

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3 Responses to “Iron Man is a little awesome.”

  1. Pierre Says:

    I’m excited to see this movie. It will be… resplendent.

  2. I watched it, it was awesome, I want more!!! 🙂

  3. Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well… i’m thinking the next one should be equally great

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