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Tony Stark - Iron ManEver since Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang I’ve loved Robert Downey Jr. and that is the main reason I wanted to go see this film. Sure, I enjoy superhero films, but I know nothing at all about Iron Man, so it wasn’t any grá for that character that made me go. For those of you who share this non-knowledge Iron Man is Tony Stark, a genius of a weapons-dealer. When things go wrong for him in Afghanistan he ends up thinking that the only route forward is to give up the whole destruction business, obviously enough his share-holders object slightly.

I really enjoyed this film. It isn’t the greatest film ever made; not by a long shot. But it is entertaining, with some great effects, and some wonderful acting. Yes, I still love Robert Downey Jr..

However it isn’t perfect. And I think I may be getting old. Why else am I wondering why they spent so much time focusing on the possible death of one single US pilot when many, many, many other non-Americans have just been killed, and a few US soldiers too. And I’m sorry, but death by being burned alive is something I don’t think I can really think of as being cool.

But those are minor quibbles. This is a perfect popcorn flick. Finding fault at things like that is more than a little silly. It isn’t designed to make you think, not really, it is meant to entertain, and that it does. In buckets.

Two thumbs up.

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11 Comments

  • 10 May 2008 - 1:44 am | Permalink

    I am glad you enjoyed it. I know I've liked Robert Downy, Jr. in other movies before Kiss, Kiss but I am not sure that I considered him a great actor. I do know that since Kiss, Kiss I do. Maybe it is maturity based on his experiences or directors casting him in the right roles for him or a combination of that and many other factors, but whatever it is he is a joy to watch. This film wasn't perfect, few superhero films are, but it was as close to perfect as I need my superhero films to be and that is in large part to his acting and Favreau's vision for the film.

  • 11 May 2008 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, big fan of Favreau too Carl.

  • 12 May 2008 - 10:23 am | Permalink

    The first time i heard about the film I thought it was gonna be a Ted Hughes stylee-thing, which it's obviously not :(

    Awww

  • 12 May 2008 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    When will we have enough superhero films? At what point will our society be surfeited with masked, conflicted heroes and anti-heroes, haunted by their past? Iron Man sounds like a punch-alike of Batman. Rich geezer decides to put his wealth to baddie ass-kicking uses. I bet he has nightmares, too. But all superhero films are essentially the same story, which has precious little dramatic potential to begin with. Sigh.

  • 15 May 2008 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    hooray! i know i've said this too many of your film reviews, but i really hope i get to see this. payday is wednesday, which also happens to be orange in colour. so here's hoping…!

    (you know, i haven't seen a film at the movies for 2 years now… :( )

  • 16 May 2008 - 11:28 pm | Permalink

    You wannabe cynic Mal. There can never be enough superheroes out there. They are all metaphors for stuff afterall, and stuff will never stop.

    2 years JP? Two whole years! me = speechless

  • 17 May 2008 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Yes, but there's more stuff than can be metaphored by superheroes. Maybe some different metaphors are in order!

  • 17 May 2008 - 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Just bought Kiss Kiss Bang Bang today for 4 Euro. I'm a bit scared to watch it in case it's not as good as I remember. I do love a good/metaphorical super hero movie and if RDJ is in it, all the better. There were some incredibly funny lines in it too

  • 22 May 2008 - 11:26 am | Permalink

    Mal, but then what about the "look, people flying" coolness? You need superheroes for that sort of malarkey.

    I really need to buy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, loved it when I saw it in the cinema, but that was years ago at this stage :)

  • 23 May 2008 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    i second those sentiments about super heroes fency.

  • 26 May 2008 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    :)

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