Monday, February 8, 2010
Robert Downey, Jr. Ouevre #8 - Iron Man
This was one of the movies that made me want to do this whole project. I had heard a lot about this movie and how it was two parts, the fun Robert Downey as Tony Stark part and the overdone special effect laden Iron Man part. I was disappointed with both parts.
There's not a lot to say about the special effects. Even someone like me, who isn't big into movies, especially the blockbuster CGI action flicks, has become jaded by them. As for the acting, Downey had has moments, maybe even was a bit better than that. I just thought the dialogue was weak, the wit too forced. Give me a David Mamet or Guy Ritchie script for this and the movie is a zillion times better.
Plot is pretty simple. Tony Stark co-runs a gigantic weapons manufacturing outfit. Stark is demonstrating a new weapon in the Middle East when he is kidnapped by a militant group that wants him to make them some rocketses. During the kidnapping, Stark is seriously wounded but is given some electromagnetic device to keep the shrapnel in him away from his heart.
Instead of building the rocketses, Stark builds the Iron Man suit and escapes. He returns to the states with a mission of ridding the world of the weapons. His co-partner disagrees. Battles ensue.
The movie is mighty predictable. It was entertaining enough. And even though my expectations were high for Downey, he did a nice job carrying the flick, the first movie in this project where he has had to do so.