Saturday, October 4, 2008

New on DVD - 'Iron Man'

Ahhhhhhhhh. It's been too long guys. Sorry for leaving you hanging so long, but I was back home with family in Columbus, OH for a couple of weeks. But at least I come back with what could be the best DVD release of the year. It is hands down the best one to release so far. 'Iron Man' sparked a summer for us to remember. With 'Hulk' and 'Dark Knight' following soon behind, super hero's had a great year.

First, I can't even begin to tell you what a wonderful job Robert Downey, Jr. did in his performance of billionaire playboy Tony Stark. In my opinion, Downey was a better Stark than Bale was Wayne. (and if you know me at all, that is saying a LOT.) Downey's one liners and just overall portrayal of Stark was right on par with the arrogance we knew and loved from the comic books. Everyone in the cast did pretty darn well. Terrance Howard as James "Rhodey" Rhodes was very well done. And we comic lovers could appreciate that little War Machine teaser that they gave us. :) Gweneth Paltrow gave a very heartfelt performance as the right hand lady of Stark, Pepper Potts. One performance that really will stand out to you is that of Jeff Bridges. There are several times when I was watching the film that I completely forgot that it was even him. He was so matter of fact and so cold blooded when he needed to be. I tell you what, this certainly was not "The Dude" (from classic 'The Big Lebowski') on your screen. Oh, and of course good ol' Stan Lee made his usual cameo appearance.

If I had to say something bad about this movie, I would have to say the lack of action once Tony Stark became Iron Man. They did a wonderful job of making the comic book story of Tony Stark relevant to today and building up his character. They showed us exactly how a man like this could become a super hero. You could almost call it 'Iron Man Begins' if there were a few scenes of his childhood thrown in, lol. But once Stark made the transition to the super hero in the iron suit... the movie was basically over. Now, we all know that there will be a sequel and it will be action packed, but it still would be nice to have seen a little more action in this one. Oh, and speaking of sequel... make sure you comic book lovers watch it all the way through the credits. :)

All in all, the movie was fantastic. Very well written, acted and directed. Special effects were great and it left you wanting more once the credits ended. If not for Heath Ledger, this may have been the best movie of the summer. This is one that you should run out and buy. The DVD is loaded with great features and the Blu Ray looks AMAZING. In fact, I think I'm about to put it in one more time. :)

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