Iron Man will not disappoint. Neither comic fans, nor the casual moviegoer will find fault with the finished film. It combines action, pathos and comedy in a way not normally found in a ‘comic book’ movie. I should go on record as saying that I believe
I do not want to dwell on the plot, because although it is a very well written story, there is so much more going on with the film. The story simply serves to let the actors shine. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Tony Stark and he shines brighter than ever. He’s in complete control here, blending his personal style of acting, his public persona and the core elements of the character to deliver a fantastic performance superior to anything you’ve ever seen from a superhero.
For me personally, I have been waiting for this movie for quite a long time. Last summer when footage was screened at Comic-Con and the movie began to build hype, I was dealing with my own problems with alcoholism and found immeasurable inspiration in not only the story of Tony Stark, but in that of Robert Downey Jr. as well. One year later, as
To return to the film, yes,
A long time favorite hyphenate, writer-director-actor Favreau steps out of the comfortable position of making such family fare as Elf and Zathura and makes an amazing action debut. The flying sequences are better than anything I’ve seen since Top Gun and the fight sequences with Tony in both the Mark I and the Mark III suit are incredible. Like his leading man, Favs is awesomely adept at balancing the practical effects with the computer animation to create scenes that flow effortlessly and have audiences focusing on the action, rather than watching to see where its really the actor in screen and where its not. The movie does not really on the action, but Favs paces it well enough for those scenes to really pay off and be meaningful enough to involve the audience, actually moving the plot forward unlike some other Marvel movies I could name. (Or you can name them yourself, because you know which ones I’m talking about.) The dialogue scenes between
As of this writing, Iron Man opened to approximately $104 million dollars in the States and grossed $200 million worldwide. That makes it the 2nd biggest opening ever for a non-sequel, 4th biggest comic book opening and 10th largest opening weekend EVER. I tip my head in appreciation and congratulation to Favreau,