Sunday, May 11, 2008

Film Review: Iron Man

by Eric Green

Iron Man Exposes the Disastrous Arms Race as perpetrated by the United States.

Film Review: Iron Man

If moviegoers get past the Hollywoodisms and the other "distractions" they will learn something about the military industrial complex.

John Favreau, as the Director and Executive Producer of Iron Man, has a major success on his hands. Fortunately, the message of the film is a direct response to the out-of-control U.S. arms merchants. The special effects, lighting, coloring and general computerization of life is almost bewildering, but just inside the realm of disbelief.

Jeff Bridges plays the role of the profit-thirsty corporate executive who has no redeeming qualities. He does a great acting job.

On the other hand, Robert Downey, Jr., in probably an academy award-winning role, is cast in the role of Tony Stark, the heir to the arms merchant, with all the accompanying playboy failings. Downing is far older than he actual character. But, he makes it work.

But, after an inspection of his corporation's weaponry in Afghanistan he uncovers a side of his business, Stark Industries, that he was unaware. He is captured and interestedly tortured, he goes through a transformation that moviegoers will very much enjoy. It is all sort of predictable, but enjoyable anyway.

Terrence Howard is the decorated Air Force general and the military advisor to the arms merchant; and, does a great job.

Gwyneth Paltrow does an admirable job as Downey's assistant and close confident.

The movie is a simple moralist film, but the message, hopefully most of the moviegoers get the message, is an important one.

Marvel Studios, which produced Spiderman and other major productions, is behind this one also. The grist of the film comes from a Marvel comic book. In the comic book, which starts in the early Reagan period, 1980, the writer cast he is hero as an anti-communist fighter, but rather quickly that image changed. I never was a comic book reader, but delving into an Internet search, you'll find the whole history of iron man and his sequels.

It was good to see Downey, once again, back at the top of his acting after his heart rendering personal struggles. I believe we have a lot to look forward to him. We can only hope he is offered roles like his amazing performance at Charley Chaplin.


Doug said...

Thanks for your review. Every once in awhile a movie comes along that's worth seeing. Love Robert Downey Jr. and hope his personal struggles have been contained.

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