Sunday, May 11, 2008

"I am Iron Man!"

Two signs of a good movie:

  1. Seems like it ends too soon even though the film is 2 1/2 hours long.
  2. The constantly whining/crying child in the row behind you hardly bothers you at all.

Finally had a chance to see the Iron Man movie and it lived up to all the hype I heard declaring it a major hit. Marvel seems to have the correct formula by sticking mostly to the original Silver Age origins of their comic characters. Notice when they stray from the script we get debacles like The Hulk. Undoubtedly this is their best film since Spiderman 2, with plenty of action, top-notch special effects, the right casting, plus enough humor that doesn't stray into camp.

Marvel is still struggling with their villains, however, with a bizarre Freudian bias against Dads! In Spiderman, we had his best friend's dad as the Web Crawler's antagonist. Hulk's Bruce Banner also battled his evil father, plus a giant poodle. In Iron Man, our hero faces off against his Dad's best friend. When will we ever get to see an evil mom go at it with Wolverine or Doctor Strange?

Hollywood will likely see major box office returns this summer, with probable top scorers such as the new Indiana Jones, Batman:The Dark Knight, Prince Caspian, and another Hulk flick. With such bounty headed to Tinsel Town's coffers, this might explain how they can still pump out anti-war films which tank big time at the box office.