The Functional Hermit

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Hermit Cinema: Iron Man

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So as you may have guessed, I’m not one to go out and see a movie in a theater anymore. I used to and really enjoyed it. It just lost its charm for me. Nevertheless, I love movies. I can’t watch enough. So DVD’s are clearly the way to go for the hermit.

One movie that really stood out for me lately was Iron Man. I’m really more of the independent cinema type, so this was a departure from my usual fare. For me, this was the best of all the superhero movies by far. I’d say Batman Begins was a close second.

For starters, Robert Downey Jr. is perfect in the Tony Stark role. He’s got the ‘genius turned partying playboy’ thing nailed. Jeff Bridges is a great foil to Tony. It’s hard to believe that this is the same person who played the lead role in my favorite movie of all time: The Big Lebowski. I’ve never been much of a Gwynneth Paltrow fan, but she’s fine playing Tony’s assistant.

The special effects are flawless. For me, that was crucial. None of it came across as cheesy or unconvincing. A lot of it made me rewind it to watch it again.

Right from the beginning, the movie jumps right into the action and then does a good job of giving you lots of background info in a very entertaining way. If anything, I only had one complaint with the plot.

I’m going to go ahead give a huge plot spoiler here so stop reading if you haven’t seen it or don’t want to know. But when he’s being held captive and he’s supposed to be building a missile system, would it be really all that difficult to realize he’s building something entirely different? How hard would it be to see that, gee, he’s not building a missile he’s building some sort of human armor/suit thing? But that’s really a pretty minor point as far as the whole movie goes.

If you’re looking for a good DVD, I’d say Iron Man is as close to a sure thing as you can get from a huge Hollywood kind of production.

Written by the bee dub

October 20, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Posted in DVD Reviews

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