I had the chance to see Iron Man this week with a friend of mine, and oh was it fun! I will admit that the first 15 minutes of the movie had me worried that this movie was going to be all kinds of American propaganda supporting the war on terrorism. I was pleasantly surprised after that first section to realize that it definitely more about the accountability of our own actions.
Marvel definitely did not disappoint with this movie. But then again, it’s Marvel, so what did I expect? I mean, other than Spider-Man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand, when has Marvel ever really disappointed me? Oh wait, there was the travesty that was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer too. BUT other than those three movies, when has Marvel Studios ever let me down? It had what I enjoy in movies – great soundtrack (how could it not be good when it opens with AC/DC’s Back in Black?), great cast, awesome special effects and snarky humour. On the topic of the humour in the movie, let’s face it, Pepper Potts had most of the best lines. And she was not some wimpy female superhero’s girlfriend like a certain Mary Jane Watson.
The villain left a little bit to be desired… I can understand his lust for power would drive him to do what he does, but … there’s no mystery! I like my villains to be a little bit more in-depth, to make me wonder what drives them, and why they are the bad guy. I suppose, in the next installment, they can have more time to focus on the villains as the movie won’t be so much about introducing Iron Man. At least one can hope.
Of course there was the scene after the credits that I loved. Ah, how could one not be excited about Samuel L. Jackson’s appearance? I mean, dude. Excitement! Stuff to look forward to! Yay!
Overall, a fun and entertaining movie, but not one that I’m going to buy on DVD.