*groan* I know, terrible title, but it’s Sunday.
As part of a weekly ritual with two good friends, I watched Iron Man last night. The latest offering in the Marvel comic-to-film cascade, its a pretty good film with some funny lines and a good plot, even if the Science behind that electromagnet is fatally flawed. Robert Downey Jr is great in the role, as sort of anti-hero come vigilante activist and Gwenyth Paltrow is also good. I’m always disappointed that she comes across as much nicer in films than she is in real life.
The special effects are also great, especially the aerial scenes, making me slightly re-think my Oscar prediction. It dawned on me last night that Iron Man is basically Marvel’s version of the DC Batman, making it all the more interesting that they’re up against eachother.
Although Iron Man is great, you’ll notice I’m not putting it in the films to see before you die category, mainly because I’m not going to force you to watch it as soon as I find out you haven’t. But I will strongly recommend it. I’m also really looking forward to The Avengers. With Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury it’s got to be good, but unfortunately there’s a bit of a long wait.
When compared with the other Marvel films out there, Iron Man doesn’t quite come top but its close. I’d argue that the X-Men films (if we give some lee-way to the dodgier third installment) are the best, closely followed by Spiderman. After that, I think I’d put Iron Man on and equal footing with the Fantastic Four, if not slightly above. Bottom of the pile is Daredevil, a film which had the potential (and the casting) to be brilliant but somehow just didn’t make it. It’s about half an hour too short for anything to develop properly, which is disappointing since Daredevil is one of Stan Lee’s best creations.
I think the Marvel comic films are some of the best blockbusters out there, and defintiely what you need on a dreary night. I’m yet to see them all (Blade for example has passed me by) but I reckon they’re holding a pretty good standard so far, which in the sea of different directors, is a testemant to Lee’s characters.