Iron man: As close to perfection as you’ll ever get
As a reviewer it is important to be impartial..to be objective. The big problem with this though is that anyone willing to be a reviewer must enjoy film....a lot. Therein lays the main problem in this objectivity stance. Personally, I tend to focus on how I would improve a film and then abuse it at will. With this in mind, I give you Iron man:
First and foremost Iron man is an origin story. It has to establish characters, the type of world, and the limitations of technology. In effect, it sets out the guidelines for sequels (if they’re successful) to follow. Being an origin film is tough. You have to introduce a character to an audience who often know the origins (through original versions or comic books). Iron man has an advantage in that it is not as popular as other comic book heroes such as Batman. This in mind then, it would be easy enough to set the scene nice and slowly and allow the guidelines to gently be absorbed by the viewer. This is how I would have done it. I would have been wrong (yes I did admit that).
The film started with a rendition of AC DC’s Back in Black and the music just got better. You were thrown into the deep end of the film at approximately 2 minutes in. Iron man didn’t let up on the pace throughout. However, a review this is, and it is important to establish its problems.
I could at this point discuss why Gwyneth Paltrow was acting as a secretary (surely beneath her) when any other cheaper actress would do. I could argue that Jon Favreau’s cameo appearance was, instead of a glimpse and you’ll miss it, was turned into a type of Where’s Wally puzzle for stupid people. For a solid ten minutes, the director was in the centre of the screen. Dammit, he even had dialogue. Surely this is slightly narcissistic. I could argue the fact that Downey Jr’s moustache tended to move around his face erratically. I could argue that Gwyneth Paltrow could not run properly in 3 inch high heel shoes (pointed out to me by a female friend). I could argue that the after credits scene is wasted on over 96% of the cinema audience. But I won’t.
Instead of these petty arguments, it is important to focus on what I would improve. The fact is, for an origin story, I could not improve it. The cast were spot on, from Downey’s sardonic tone to Jeff Bridges’ slimy behaviour. All of these characters had depth. All of them unique and entertaining. The soundtrack, as noted before, was right on the money. The credits sequence was interesting and inventive (if anyone knows the company that made these credits, then please let me know. I would love to see what other films they are doing). The story and pace were fun, comical, suspenseful and despite a colleague of mine wishing that there were more “nekkid” people in it, he was impressed also.
The fact is, this film is incredibly difficult to criticise. As of writing, Iron man has grossed approximately $201,000,000 worldwide and a sequel is rumoured to be green lit. The simple fact is friends, I enjoyed this film ....a lot. This is as good as it gets. This film is as close as perfecting an origin movie can be. I for one am happy to sit through it on many occasions to come. I expect by now, that most of you have watched this film anyway, but if you haven’t then GO WATCH IT! If you have watched it, then “GO WATCH IT AGAIN!” I’ll see you in the cinema. Full marks Favreau, Downey, Bridges, Paltrow, Howard and Bettany.
Rating: 5 out of 5