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Movie Review: Iron Man

Alternate Title: Arms and the Man

Story: I happen to like my Super Heroes best when they have inherent super powers and are flawed. Iron Man was originally conceived by the guys (Stan Lee, Larry Leiber) at Marvel Comics during the Vietnam War. Other than oodles of money, one brilliant mind and a growing sense of conscience, Iron Man is just like everyone else. Fast forward 40 years, remaining true to the original story, except our hero been re-situated into the Afghanistan conflict by the writing teams of Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. Director Jon Favreau has reimagined arms maker, playboy billionaire, Tony Stark to reflect today's mind set. After being captured by scary looking guys he escapes imprisonment by building a suit of armor. Upon returning home, he decides to get his company out of the arms making business and devote himself somehow to doing good.

The good news is that this film has appeal to people other than 14 year old boys. Score points for the abilities of actor Robert Downey Jr and Jeff Bridges for that feat. The scenes where he is building his suit of armor interested me more than the actual use of the suit (but I am not a 14 year old boy). Character development? Let's face it - it is a comic book coming alive on the big screen. There is not much if that.

If you like your summer films filled with color, action and puff - this is a movie for you. If you like your super heroes more unusual, wait a bit, The Incredible Hulk is on its way with Ed Norton.

Acting: Robert Downey Jr. is always good. His character is fully developed as is his nemesis, Jeff Bridges. Bridges does a fine job as one of the scary bad guy. Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir are all fairly one dimensional.

Predilection: I like Super Heroes.

Critters: Two goats

Food: Cheeseburger (see Blatant Product tie-in Placement below)

Sex Spectrum: Post coital implication but no sex seen at all.

Blatant Product Placement: Burger King

Soundtrack: Loud

Visual Art: Fun special effects. Who doesn't like flying men in iron suits?

Theater Audience: A handful of guys and me. I was once again amused when I see guys sit one seat apart from one another. Is this to assure everyone else in the audience that they are not gay? Funny, funny.

Weather: The weather for Iron Man was just fine.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted quite a bit. The film cried out for more editing.

Predictability Level: Over the top.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No - but I am sure it will get a special effects nod.

Big Screen or Rental: Oh, the big screen for sure. Some of the other superhero films that I like are: all of the Batman films, Catwoman, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, everyone of the Superman movies and X-Men. I guess you could say I like men in tights.

Length: At two hours it was 30 minutes too long.