The 2008 summer movie season started off on a historic note as Iron Man opened with huge box office numbers that propelled it to a weekend win and landed it in the company of the most impressive movie premieres of all time. The Marvel comic adaptation grossed $101 million from Friday to Sunday, according to early estimates. When Thursday evening's screenings are added in, the film's full weekend total comes to $104 mil.
My son has been avidly anticipating the release of Ironman. According to him, the only good movies are coming from comic books these days. I have to say I agree with that. I wanted to see this, but hadn't planned on attending opening weekend. I rarely go to the theater, but when John couldn't talk his girlfriend or his sister into going with him, good old Mom came to the rescue. I'm glad I went. (Hmm, last movie I went to in the theater was The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - that was with John, too - sensing a trend here.)
I have two ratings for movies: Worth spending the $9 for the theatre - I'd go again.
AND I wish I'd waited for the DVD. I remember 'paying' to see Star Wars in the theatre eleven times! I'd pay to see this one eleven times, too. It had the action, it had the plot, it had the sizzle. That surprised me because I'm not a big fan of Robert Downey Jr. Why am I just now discovering he has dreamy eyes and a sense of humor?
For a quick synopsis, I couldn't say it better than the Seattle P.I.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, a billionaire weapons maker who is as rich as Bruce Wayne combined with the intelligence of Peter Parker. Stark is kidnapped and mortally wounded on a trip through Afghanistan. His only escape is constructing a metal suit to fight his way out.
After escaping Starks devotes his life to fighting the very people who use his weapons for evil. He uses the prototype metal man suit he made to engineer a sleeker version, giving us Iron Man.
Robert Downey Jr gives us one of the better super hero performances. It's easy to hold a moviegoers attention in the Iron Man suit. The special effects, gadgets, eye-popping special effects, or even the cool colors can sell themselves. The scenes where he's not wearing the suit is where we need to see the actor shine. Downey does a masterful job with his witty performance as Tony Stark. He's so believable as a billionaire/playboy/egomaniac that I'm not even sure if he's acting.
Terrance Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jeff Bridges round out the supporting cast in the film. All accomplished actors who did a really good job. Whoever casted for this film did a wonderful job of getting actors who could hold up the scenes that didn't have explosions or cool Iron suits in them. I didn't find myself bored, staring at my watch waiting for another action sequence.
What are you waiting for? This one lives up to the hype.
My score: A