Iron Man starring Robert Downey, Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jeff Bridges.
Produced by the Marvel Comics production company, released through Paramount
Visually stunning, very loud sound track, conceptually ridiculous, but no more than the original comic, which is, after all, a comic, not SF.
Lots of fun for those who like seeing their fave comic books on the screen.
Hollywood is is obssessed with bringing us comic book superheroes. Reason: they make money. This one grossed over $100 million the first weekend. This is not the end of the trend. There are still many superheroes out there to feature in live-action movie versions.
Robert Downey brings an offeat flair to this role; he plays an industrialist who looks and talks like a Hollywood agent or sudio exec. Not much of a stretch, but different. Gwyneth Paltrow is lovely as usual and plays the beautiful-but-spinsterish (sure, I believe it) executive assistant with quiet dignity. Jeff Bridges plays a Daddy Warbucks-style character who is the villain of the piece, and although we know he has to be the bad guy (no mistaking his sinister looks), he fools us into believing he might be on the hero's side.
The miraculous mechanical flying suits that the story is all about bring to mind Heinlein's Mobile Infantry "powered armor," yet another example of mass media mining the literature for its gold.
(reprinted with permission from John DeChancie's Godzilla Verses, APA-L #2244)
(All typos are the fault of Lee Gold.)