Geek In The Ghetto

May 5, 2008

Iron Man: Best Superhero Movie Ever… Ever! [Iron Man]

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Iron Man

I’m stoked. Your very own funkdigi saw Iron Man on Saturday evening. I’m not going out on a limb by stating that Iron Man is the best comic adaption of a super hero ever. And I mean ever. I have substance to this argument. The folks over here and here
think so. Iron Man pulled in over a $100 million at the box office this past weekend.

I’m sure most of you will agree that it mops the floor with Spiderman and handles the original Batman and the recent Batman reboot Batman Begins.

Some minor spoilers to follow…

Comic Book Adaption >>> 9 out of 10

The adaption of the movie is very close to the origin story told in the original Iron Man comics. With the exception of a few small details and time period (Post 9/11 vs. Cold War), the story of Tony Stark, son of industrialist Howard Stark, stays true to form.

Story >>> 8 out of 10

I felt the actual story was the weakest component of this movie. It was of course formulaic. One could figure out who the villain would be from the onset almost. His motivations of greed were par for the course. Of course there’s minor sexual tension between Starks and Virginia “Pepper” Potts. Additionally, most of the story conflicts weren’t hashed out as well as they could have been and Tony Starks recovers from the trauma of his capture and escape all to easily IMHO.

SFX >>> 10 out of 10

This film could not have been made 5 years ago. This film could not be made even 3 years ago and look this good. The flight scenes were amazing. I’m no expert but I felt the effects were flawless and the modeling of the various Mark version were even plausible. The effects lent credence to the plausibility. Plus, the actual props and robotic technology used looked as realistic as building a current Honda. Not looked beyind the scope of today’s technology.

Compared to the effects in last summer’s Transformers the SFX in Iron Man were clear and defined compared to the blurry modeling in Transformers. And from what I saw from The Incredible Hulk, I’m pretty sure that Marvel’s other superhero offering will not match Iron Man in its crisp look.

Acting >>> 9 out of 10

When funkdigi first heard that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing Tony Starks, I was elated. Downey is a natural fit. Downey is an Academy Award nominated actor with a history of drug abuse. He’s since cleaned up and plays this role with aloofness and sarcasm like the billion dollar playboy would. The supporting performances from Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard are also superb.

Overall>>> 9 out of 10

FWIW, here’s the clip that you may or may not have missed that ran after the credits ended, courtesy of X-Realm.

Try Crunch Gear, too.

Sci-fi Can Save Your Life [io9]

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Over at io9, which happens to be one of my favorite blogs, there’s a post on those sappy PSAs that  followed some of our favorite 80s cartoons. You remember. Knowing is half the battle, from GI Joe. The finger waiving shorts were also prominently featured  on Thundercats and Transformers, to name a few.

Personally these tidbits were nothing more than common sense. I guess for some of us latch key kids it was better than nothing. Besides, I often got nuggets like these from family members anyway. I didn’t necessarily need Panthro and Lion-O telling me to stay away from Newports (though Cheetara could tell me to stab my little brothers with a butter knife and I’d listen 😉 )

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