Saturday, May 3, 2008

Iron Man

I don't just sit around watching documentaries all day, you know. Sometimes I go outside of the house and see a movie in a theater. In this case, I saw it at the Seattle Cinerama, which is a terrific place to see a movie. And it was a pretty good audience, too: they burst into applause at the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Karen Allen looks terrific, by the way. I'm so glad she's back.

Iron Man is fantastic. It turns out that it's a good idea to use good actors, because Robert Downey Jr. does a great job of playing a boozing womanizer who's still charismatic. And he stays an egomaniacal jerk even after he decides to start doing good. This isn't a particularly original observation, but it's like if Bruce Wayne weren't an act. It seems tough to pull off, but Downey absolutely nails it. The character is pretty clearly defined in the first thirty seconds, which is pretty efficient.

The other actors are also higher-quality than you usually get in a comic book movie. Aside from Downey himself (nominated for an Oscar for Chaplin), you've got Gwyneth Paltrow (who won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love), Terence Howard (nominated for Hustle & Flow and was also responsible for the only watchable scenes in Crash) and Jeff Bridges (four nominations, which somehow doesn't include his fine work in Tron and The Big Lebowski). Even though Jeff Bridges mostly seems to be doing an impression of G. Gordon Liddy, he still provides a great deal of entertainment.

The whole movie is just enormously entertaining, really. And the scene after the end credits may have promised more than they can actually deliver, but I found it pretty exciting.

1 comment:

B.Loppe said...

Oh man, I was totally going to wait until after the credits, but we left anyway. Gah!