Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Know I reviewed a movie yesterday and by no means want to make this site strictly a review of film and TV, but feel that IronMan deserves a shout out.
Saw this film late last week and thought it was outstanding.
Glad that Hollywood now treats the Superhero movie with the belief it needs to be a good movie and not just a collection of expensive special effects. Like any movie you need to have a good cast who is led by a solid director that has a vision and ability to tell a story.
Despite not having read the IronMan comics growing up or being familiar with the story at all this film far exceeded my expectations. The story was interesting and clearly told and the acting was fantastic which shouldn't surprise anyone.
Now here is a fact that surprised me. The four leads in the movie have all been nominated at least once for Academy Awards. They also all have backgrounds in truly independent films. Think that this is another example in the change of times mentioned two paragraphs ago.
Actors like Robert Downey Jr and Terrence Howard are best known for their roles in low budget films like Chaplin and Hustle and Flow. To see them bring their talents to a 'big budget' movie lent credibility before even walking in the theatre. Their performances then helped make the movie a must see.
There were some interesting themes throughout the movie with regards to defense contracting and corporate greed that could be discussed or expanded upon, but won't be here. Why not? Because the film did what it was supposed to,, entertain.