Posted by Martin:
I'm not a comic book junkie. I'm not a comic book geek. My comic book knowledge really rests on Saturday morning cartoons and summer movies. Other than Underoos from the 1980s I have never heard of Iron Man.
I am now officially a fan of Iron Man. Favreau seems to know this character, and he respects him. Downey seems to love him, let me rephrase that, he loves playing Tony Stark.
The Interesting Identity
Tony Stark is infinately more interesting than most other super hero secret identities. Stark fights for good out of experience and a change of heart, not out of revenge a la Bruce Wayne or Peter Parker. Stark also LIKES being a super hero, to him this isn't a dead weight hanging around his neck. Heck even Superman was sad being Superman in the Bryan Singer version. Tony Stark likes being Tony Stark and seems to love being Iron Man. Tony Stark is a secret identity that I would like to hang out with on the weekend, Peter Parker not so much.
The weakness in this movie is with the villain. Obidiah Stane, played by Jeff Bridges, is an interesting bad guy espcially since he is very close to Stark. But when a villain is bad simply because they just want to make more money makes them seem very bland. The Joker is interesting, Lex Luthor is interesting, The Green Goblin is interesting because they all simply want to destroy their archnemsis, making more money is boring in a villan.
The attractive Gwyneeth Platrow plays the card board cut out, Pepper Potts, the standard love interest. But admitedly Pepper Potts is quite possibly the most interesting names of all side kicks.
An Iron breath of Fresh Air
Since my comic book knowledge is weak I've been wondering what else big was coming down the pike. I know of Batman, and love the new versions, I know of Superman and found Superman Returns to be a little blah, but Iron Man was a great surprise for those of us who like Summer movies, but aren't comic book scholars.