Iron Man: Best Marvel Movie So Far

Iron Man is one of my most favorite super heroes next to Batman and Superman. Before you read any further, let me assure you that there are no spoilers. This isn’t so much an in depth review as it is just my thoughts. So when I heard that Marvel was finally bringing him to the big screen, I was excited but also concerned. Concerned if they would do a good job. Marvel’s track record has been a bit spotty Spiderman 3 was good but not great. Although they did do a good Venom and Sandman. Ang Lee’s Hulk was a flop for all intents and purposes. Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer…well let’s just say if Jessica Alba wasn’t Susan Storm, there wouldn’t be much more of a reason to even watch it. DC, on the other hand, has been batting perfect with Batman Begins and Superman Returns. And with the Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, releasing July 18, Marvel needs a summer blockbuster. Enter Iron Man.

Picture from TheMovieBlog.comAndrea and I finally got a chance to see Iron Man on Saturday and long story short: it is Marvel’s best movie so far. Fantastic choice casting Robert Downey Jr. as the lead, Anthony “Tony” Stark aka Iron Man. Downey Jr. fits the part of Tony Stark perfectly. Tony has problems with alcohol, so did Downey Jr. Tony is arrogant, Downey Jr. plays that part perfectly. I was a bit surprised that Terrence Howard was casted as James Rhodes. I had always imagined Michael Jai White would have been the perfect actor to portray Rhodes, but after seeing Terrence, I think he did a good job. Gwenyth Paltrow did a great job as Virginia “Pepper” Potts. The chemistry between Downey Jr. and Paltrow was just about perfect: the frustration of wanting to be together, but can’t because of the impact on the friendship. Jeff Bridges’ as second-in-command of Stark Industries, Obadiah Stane was excellent. It was odd to see Jeff Bridges bald and with a Fidel Castro beard.

Picture from Giantmag.comThe Iron Man armor is awesome. The CG of how the armor is put on, functions, and works is just wickedly out of this world! The commercials on TV and trailer do not do it justice. The CG is so real, you can almost believe the possibility of an Iron Man armor.

Another thing I love about the movie is that it is violent without being gratuitously violent. I mean unlike all the other Marvel movies so far, this one, the lead character is a weapons designer and manufacturer. He is, for all intents and purposes, a Lord of War. But the violence portrayed is enough for any die hard action aficionado. This allows the movie to keep it’s PG-13 rating and apply to familes of almost all ages.

For the most part, Marvel has kept the Iron Man story line true to the comic storyline; which is great for long time Iron Man fans. I definitely can’t wait for the sequel. If you have already seen the movie, you can checkout this Wikipedia SPOILER [WARNING: SPOILER!!!!] link as a good refresher.

First image of Tony Stark in Iron Man armor is courtesy StarPulse.com. Second image of Tony Stark making modifications to his Mark III armor is courtesy of TheMovieBlog.com. Last picture of Iron Man in flight courtesy of GiantMag.com.