United States, 2008
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Written By: Mark Fergus & Hank Ostby and Art Markum & Matt Holloway
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard
Running Time: 126 minutes
Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
4 out of 5 stars
Comic book super heroes have historically been a political and sociological representation of America’s frame of mind. Superman grew out of depression era grievances, fighting corrupt politicians and championing social causes; the X-Men, birthed in the sixties, were metaphors for diversity and racial justice; and the first issue of Captain America, who was a blatant patriotic creation, featured the star spangled hero slugging Adolf Hitler in the jaw.
Politically heavy-handed as it may be (as it has always been – Iron Man got his start fighting the commies in Vietnam), Iron Man is sheer candy-coated cinematic bliss. See that picture to the left? That’s a dude in a glowing suit of iron. Blowing up a tank. With a missile he just fired out of his arm! Do I even need to write anything else? If that doesn’t stoke the fires of your inner-child, if you don’t find that the epitome of cool, if the prospect of watching a guy in an armored suit outrun fighter jets can only summon a tepid “Meh” in response, then you were clearly not the target of Paramount’s $50 Million marketing campaign. I suggest Made of Honor playing next door. If you’re lucky, the explosions and sonic booms won’t distract you from ogling Patrick Dempsey’s perfectly styled stubble.
Evan Derrick loves movies, loves talking about movies, and even makes them from time to time. In the rare moment when movies aren’t consuming his grey matter, he enjoys eating grilled cheese sandwiches, playing with his baby daughter, and pretending to be the senior editor for MovieZeal.com. Use the Tulsa Today search feature to read previous reviews by this author.