Just Pillow Talk v Marvel Comics Number 9: Iron Man
I had all intentions of reviewing Wolverine next, but Netflix had other ideas and sent me a cracked disc. So I went to my fall back plan (not Howard the Duck) and threw in Iron Man. This movie really falls under a ‘comfort’ movie for me. I consider it a reliable Marvel movie, one that is quite solid for the first ¾ of the movie, but then loses a bit of momentum for the finale. The problem isn’t the special effects in the finale, but rather the scope of it. The battle between Stark and Stane is okay if that were the first fight. But for the final battle, it’s lacking.
The strength of the movie of course lies with Robert Downey Jr., who single handily carries the movie which is a simple straight-forward one. He brings humor and personality to the role which elevates the character to more than what he is based upon the script. I also think that Paltrow does a good job as Pepper Potts and I totally buy into the relationship between Pepper and Tony Stark. She is someone who is smart and actually helps out Stark a couple of times (replacing his battery, as it were, and saving his ass in the end with Stane, downloading the Stane files). Everyone else is okay in their roles. Terence Howard does nothing special with Rhodey, but then again, he really doesn’t have much to do. Jeff Bridges is okay as Stane, but really not a great villain. His story would have to be over a 2-3 movie arc I think, more behind the scenes in the first one or two, and then come front and center in the last. It would be more of a betrayal to Stark and have more impact I think.
My favorite scenes of the movie are the cave sequences as he builds his first suit of armor and back at his workshop as he seeks to perfect the suit. I think they are handled perfectly and I totally buy into Tony being able to do what he did. It was easy to suspend belief. What was weak was certain dialogue in the cave, specifically when Yinsen is dying and has to explain certain things like he’s going to visit his family now. Because he’s dying…and his family is already dead. So he’s going to visit them…because they are dead…and he’s dying. Do we really need to have everything said? Just like he also says something like “do something more with your life, you’re better than this” or some other such thing. Couldn’t we have just had Tony see the man who helped him escape die and just see the transformation in his face and eyes as they harden and he realizes he has to do something about his company’s weapons, his weapons, falling into the wrong hands?
For me, this is one of the few Marvel movies that has a high level of rewatchability and enjoyment. I give this 3 iron supplements out of 4.