A bunch of us went to see the new movie, Iron Man, last night. The movie practically oozes cool, and Robert Downy, Jr. is great as the playboy arms industrialist, Tony Stark.
When I was at Furman my roommate and several of my friends were huge comic book collectors. Iron Man was one of their favorites. Though I never read the comics myself, I was aware of the stories through their conversations. I had a pretty good idea of what was going on before I went to the movie. Even so, not having that background shouldn’t hinder one from enjoying it.
Of course, there are lots of action sequences and special effects. As such, Laura labeled this a “boy’s movie” and declined the invitation to go see it. While this certainly fits that moniker, it doesn’t take on the feel of a Saturday morning cartoon like Transformers did. That movie was fun, but extremely hokey in places, with stilted, groan-inducing dialog. Iron Man was nothing but slick, with taut dialog delivered with perfect timing. I left the movie whistling the catchy guitar motif from Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”, which was used as part of the closing theme.
It’s obvious that a sequel is in the works. There were blatant references throughout the movie. It should be fun to see how this series develops.