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Sunday, May 4, 2008
I entered the Theater today to see yet another comic book movie. THIS IS MORE! To my surprise this breathtaking superhero/action/drama was so much more than I could have expected. Spectacular doesn't even do justice to Jon Favreau's brilliant direction! The character development is deep and authentic. Tony Stark, is a billionaire playboy who has a charge of heart, both literally and metaphorically, in the film. The casting choice of Robert Downey Jr, to play the role, was brave and perfect! He fits the role to a tee and delivers a great performance. The plot development, to sincerely believe this characters change of heart, is seamless and solid. Yes, this is an 'origin of Iron Man' film but the background essential to understanding the character and to establish the franchise future. There are a few acceptable updates form the comic; but to see the way it worked so well in this story makes me believe they are only improvements. Gwyneth Paltrow is a perfect Pepper Potts, Iron Man's Lois Lane. She is charming and lovable in the role. Jeff Bidges was unexpected here; maybe not the only choice but a good one for sure, and Terence Howard also never loses a step. Great acting aside this is also a terrific story! Weapons designer billionaire is captured by terrorists, tricks them, and secretly builds his own escape weapon. After the death of his friend, he sent off with the words "Don't waste you life Stark." Additionally he witnesses, first hand, the atrocities committed with his very own weapons. By now he has a become a new man. Finally, fulled further by a harsh betrayal, and then with his new convictions he sets out to make amends for his past. There is mass appeal in this movie; something for everyone to love. The movie does spend some on the science of the robotics involved but not too much to lose pace with the action. It also has many laughs but again they fit in place just right. Of numerous comic book adaptations few have seamless CGI, spectacular script, great direction, stellar casting, and endearing characters, along with the kickass action. Iron Man has is all!! This is a must see! Hope this is Helpful!