Sunday, May 04, 2008

IRON MAN...finally "old shellhead" gets to the silver screen

Off the beaten track, but I have to say I haven't looked this forward to a purely escapist sci-fi-comic-book-type movie for a long long time. Reason being---they very often don't turn out so well. Here are some examples of what I mean:

1. The Fantastic Four - Ben Grimm a.k.a. "The Thing" was totally wrong as in not-nearly big or strong enough and Mr. Fantastic was portrayed as something far less than his comic book characterization, i.e. way too wimpy. Also, the second film in that franchise just really sucked.

2. The Punisher - It has some good moments, but, for the most part, this movie was absolutely horrible, which is exactly why there hasn't been one peep regarding a sequel.

3. Star Trek The Next Generation - With the exception of First Contact, the next generation cast has yet to make one solid foray onto the big screen. And it doesn't look like they'll ever get another chance, not after Nemesis and Insurrrection. And especially since the next Trek film harkens back to the early days of Kirk and Spock.

4. Superman Returns - Wow, what a letdown on this one. Like Punisher, it had some nice moments, but, clearly, the entire reel was a gratuitious omage to the first Richard Donner film. And though most new blockbusters seem to be retreads from other genres, this was an established franchise that needed some new creativity versus retracing old steps.

Thankfully, all the buzz about Iron Man is so far positive. Which is great, since I haven't been this concerned about the casting of a superhero film since Michael Keaton was tapped to play Batman. But Keaton turned out to be the consummate, twisted and dark Batman. And perhaps Robert Downey Jr will truly become the industrialist-turned-superhero in the gold and red armor suit in everyone's minds-eye.

Now, all I have to do is see this movie.

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Anonymous eilis said...

Although I have some respect for Kate Bosworth's portrayal of Lois Lane in Superman Returns, I have to admit that the movie itself was a big letdown.

I'm excited about Iron Man-- hopefully it can pick up the comic-transition slack and revitalize the genre.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I hope you've gotten to see this by now. It's really very good.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Disability Blogger said...

Jeff, I did see it and thought it was great. Can't wait for the sequel.

Ellis, I liked Bosworth in that film as well. She lent some weight to it. I think the overall problem was the Director. Instead of doing a film that was mainly an homage to the first film, he should have attempted something more original. For instance, we could have some scenes from Supes journey to Krypton.

Regarding the comic genre, I think Marvel in its next few movies (that they'll be producing) will be reinvigorating it completely.

6:18 AM  

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