Friday, January 23, 2009
Best Comic Book Movie - Winner: Iron Man
What? Wait a minute, isn't 'The Dark Knight' like the best comic book movie ever made? I will get to 'The Dark Knight' soon, don't worry. 'Iron Man' is my pick for best comic book movie for 2008. This is the first film that I know of in history that was 100% produced by a comic book company, Marvel Enterprises. The studio is Marvel Studios, so what we have is a movie made and produced by comic book people. You can thank the success of the Spider-Man and X-Men movies for this. Hollywood had made some good and even great comic book movies, but at the end of the day it is still a studio movie. 'Iron Man' is still a studio movie, but it was made by a studio that understands and loves the source material. Now here is the icing on the cake, Mr. Robert Downey Jr. as the title character Tony Stark/Iron Man. This choice in casting in my opinion sealed the deal on the success of this movie. Downey Jr. brought charm and appeal that attracted an audience interested in entertaining movies. My mom has zero interest in comic book hero movies, and she loved 'Iron Man'. The things that I liked about 'Iron Man' was an excellent cast, the humor of Downey Jr., classic origin structure, great script, and excellent special effects.
Now I have listed a bunch of great things about this movie, but the thing I love most, well maybe second is that moviegoers are loving it. Yes, finally a superhero movie that can have general appeal and keep true to comic book tone. For those that have been living in a cave, rent or buy this movie now. Tony Stark is a millionaire playboy weapons manufacture that gets kidnapped during a weapons demonstration. He is told to build a missile for a terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings. Mr. Stark does not negotiate with terrorists, so instead he builds a suit of amour to escape his imprisonment. After his success, Tony wants to stop making weapons for defense and get to the bottom of who's selling his weapons to the wrong kind of people. He improves his armor and thus Iron Man is born. That's all that I am willing to tell you,I don't want to ruin it for you. So 'Iron Man' gets an A+. Enjoy!!!!