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Idolores May 7, 2008

So, anyone seen it yet? Saw it last night with a buddy of mine. Thoroughly enjoyed it. My thoughts to follow after I get some goddamn rest.

RinoaDestiny May 7, 2008

Saw it Saturday evening with the family. Loved it as well. I have to say, with the nerdiest developing geekdom for machinery out there, that when I saw the suit (Phase 2) constructed, I was positively drooling. I want that interface! A lot of funny moments - aka fire extinguisher robot and 10% thrust - and quite a few tense and emotional moments as well. We stayed post-credits because I read about that online and when that scene came on, the remaining audience members whooped and clapped.

I wouldn't mind seeing it again, to be honest. smile

avatar! May 7, 2008

Will see it soon. Iron Man has always been a cool superhero, since he's not really a superhero. He's like Batman (mortal and human, with cool gadgets and a thirst for justice smile

Angela May 7, 2008

Gonna make mine a double-feature this weekend, with Speed Racer.

Any takes on the music?  Ramin Djawadi isn't exactly a forefront name, but he's apparently had a hand with a lot of Remote Control Studios projects.

Ryu May 7, 2008

I saw Hans Zimmer's name in the credits for Iron Man.  The music didn't really stand out for me though.

The movie was great, one of the best Marvel movies yet---if you haven't seen it, remember to sit through the credits.  It's worth it.

Jodo Kast May 7, 2008

I was very impressed. I kept comparing this to Robocop while watching (because Iron Man looks like Robocop), and I can say that Iron Man is far more agile and destructive. This wasn't as shockingly violent as Robocop but I loved the flight (and fight) scenes and the futuristic technology. I find it funny that I had mentioned portable fusion generators in another thread and Iron Man used something similar. What a coincidence. The large scale version of the device in the movie did remind me of a Tokamak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokamak

XLord007 May 9, 2008 (edited May 9, 2008)

I liked it up until the nonsense after the credits.  If they had left that out, it would have been great.

Wanderer May 10, 2008

I think without Robert Downey Jr., the movie would have been ordinary. With him, it was riveting. Good, solid fun all the way through. I laughed more than I thought I would and left the theater with a big grin on my face, which is what I was hoping for.

The music was dreadful, with all the Remote Control cliches intact (minus a memorable theme). Wailing guitars, synth strings and the works. It didn't especially hurt the movie but it didn't do anything to help it either. If Favreau wanted to go in this direction, he could have at least hired Hans Zimmer, who KNOWS how to do this right. Fortunately, the movie was good enough to where it didn't particularly matter.

Ryu May 10, 2008

XLord007 wrote:

I liked it up until the nonsense after the credits.  If they had left that out, it would have been great.

How is it nonsense?  If look up all the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, it makes sense.

XLord007 May 11, 2008

Ryu wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

I liked it up until the nonsense after the credits.  If they had left that out, it would have been great.

How is it nonsense?  If look up all the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, it makes sense.

It was nonsense because they had managed to get through an entire movie without reminding me that the source material was yet another comic book I don't care about.  Then they go and drop the thing at then end which is so dripping with dorkdom and cheese and they ruin it all.

Ryu May 11, 2008

XLord007 wrote:
Ryu wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

I liked it up until the nonsense after the credits.  If they had left that out, it would have been great.

How is it nonsense?  If look up all the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, it makes sense.

It was nonsense because they had managed to get through an entire movie without reminding me that the source material was yet another comic book I don't care about.  Then they go and drop the thing at then end which is so dripping with dorkdom and cheese and they ruin it all.

Then I take it you don't plan to see the pending movie then.

XLord007 May 11, 2008

Ryu wrote:

Then I take it you don't plan to see the pending movie then.

I might see Iron Man 2, depending on what it ends up being.  Probably won't see any Avengers movies though.

Ryu May 11, 2008

XLord007 wrote:
Ryu wrote:

Then I take it you don't plan to see the pending movie then.

I might see Iron Man 2, depending on what it ends up being.  Probably won't see any Avengers movies though.

Yeah, it comes out the same year as Captain America.  There's also a Thor and supposedly an Ant-Man (or Giant-Man?) movie in the works.  It depends on who all will be cast (so far Downey and Norton or known, Iron Man and Hulk respectively).  It might be worthwhile.  I'm curious what villain(s) they'd choose for the Avengers to face.


Oh well.

James O May 11, 2008

XLord007 wrote:
Ryu wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

I liked it up until the nonsense after the credits.  If they had left that out, it would have been great.

How is it nonsense?  If look up all the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, it makes sense.

It was nonsense because they had managed to get through an entire movie without reminding me that the source material was yet another comic book I don't care about.  Then they go and drop the thing at then end which is so dripping with dorkdom and cheese and they ruin it all.

Dorkdom and cheese?  That's a little harsh don't you think on all the people that do like comic books?

XLord007 May 12, 2008

James O wrote:

Dorkdom and cheese?  That's a little harsh don't you think on all the people that do like comic books?

Yeah, that might have been a little harsh, but what I'm trying to get at is that it didn't fit with the rest of the movie.  It was jarring and I felt that it cheapened the experience.  If the whole movie was that way, I could have said that it was a pandering fan service type of movie and that was that, but the rest of the movie wasn't like that at all.  It felt tacked on, egregious, and unnecessary.  All the fans already know these other movies are coming, so it didn't have to be there.

Ryu May 12, 2008

XLord007 wrote:
James O wrote:

Dorkdom and cheese?  That's a little harsh don't you think on all the people that do like comic books?

Yeah, that might have been a little harsh, but what I'm trying to get at is that it didn't fit with the rest of the movie.  It was jarring and I felt that it cheapened the experience.  If the whole movie was that way, I could have said that it was a pandering fan service type of movie and that was that, but the rest of the movie wasn't like that at all.  It felt tacked on, egregious, and unnecessary.  All the fans already know these other movies are coming, so it didn't have to be there.

Well, one will be at the end of Hulk too, if you can trust the IMDB listing.

Personally, I think it is clever of Marvel and makes sense.  They get the origin stories out of the way, and cross-movie promotion for ticket sales.

XLord007 May 12, 2008 (edited May 12, 2008)

Ryu wrote:

Personally, I think it is clever of Marvel and makes sense.  They get the origin stories out of the way, and cross-movie promotion for ticket sales.

I don't think I'd go so far as to call it clever, but I agree that it certainly makes sense from a marketing standpoint.

Angela May 18, 2008

Saw Iron Man last night.  I think I share Wanderer's sentiments; without Downey Jr., the movie would have been pretty ordinary.  That said, it was definitely enjoyable; it's solid entertainment and a great adaptation through and through, but for me, trails a distant second when compared to the far more gratifying Speed Racer. 

I liked that the story was focally personal in its execution.  It's not so much about saving the world (though the longterm effects of leaving such weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists can obviously be argued that way), it's more about a man who finds a reason for redemption, for the purposes of prevention.  For an origin story, it's an enjoyable watch; aside from seeing Starks overcoming and letting go of his once staunchly-driven beliefs, like RinoaDestiny, I loved the whole construction sequence of the Mark II.  The constant presence of technology certainly kept me rooted in the film's world as well.  (Why can't MY workstation have such uber-sleek LCD/plasma monitors like that??)  The rest of the cast is great, too, especially Paltrow as Pepper Potts - she plays off of Downey Jr. so well as both his personal confidant and platonic love interest.  Not to mention Terrence Howard's "How was the Fun-vee?" Rhodes. ;)

The music was...... yeah, standard RC stuff, nothing particularly grabbing.  Save for that one main theme that plays during the opening and ending credits, it's nothing to write home about.  And I swear they ripped off the main riff from Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" for much of the music's backdrop.

As for the epilogue coda scene, I felt indifferent about it either way.  I did think it was a nice ironic twist that they got Jackson himself in for the role, but other than that, it neither added or took away from the main film for me. 

I think the more lasting impression I got when leaving the theater was..... "I've gotta get me a BURGER from Burger King!"

Bernhardt May 19, 2008

I'm glad that men with facial hair are starting to get positive exposure; usually, the bearded guy is the villain...

Jay May 22, 2008

I'm late to the Iron Man party but went to see this tonight. Holy crap, this is how to make a superhero movie. I loved it. Now, I know very little about the character so went in completely free of preconceptions but everything worked for me - the tone (playful, not trying to be serious or dark and yet not in any way a piss-take or self-referencial), the actors (okay we knew Downey Jr was going to be good but Bridges was stunning), the look (I want an Iron Man suit) and, most of all, it's just a really fun movie.

This film kind of throws a spanner in my Negative Nelly persona because I don't have one gripe about this movie.

I loved it.

Adam Corn Mar 9, 2010

Finally got the original on DVD a couple weeks back and on my third time watching it (saw it twice in the theater) was reminded how much I love this film.  For the first two-thirds it's as far as I'm concerned a perfect action movie - a great sense of reality without being too serious, engaging characters, well-shot action and believable effects - it's got everything.  The slight digression into comic book & action movie cliche at the end (particularly the bad buy monologuing) spoils the experience just a bit, but still this is one of the best action movies to come out in several years and tops previous champions X-men and Spiderman as the best opening episode of all the comic book film franchises.

I'm avoiding the online trailers for Iron Man 2 for that rare surprise of seeing a cool new trailer unexpectedly in the cinema, but have high hopes that Favreau and co. can keep a good thing going.

Angela May 2, 2010

Adam Corn wrote:

Finally got the original on DVD a couple weeks back and on my third time watching it (saw it twice in the theater) was reminded how much I love this film.

Picked up and watched through the Blu-ray version of the Ultimate Edition yesterday, and I'm inclined to agree; the film definitely holds up well on repeat viewings.  Can't wait to check out those substantial bonus features too, but one thing's for certain: I'm primed for the theatrical release of the sequel this week.

I'm really curious to hear what John Debney will bring to the music score.  Don't think I've heard a score proper from the man since Cutthroat Island.  (Or maybe it was Zathura.)  I also wonder how much of a presence AC/DC's music will be in the film; I can at least see "Shoot To Thrill" making for an awesome opening scene. smile

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