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Ironman is the first movie from Marvel Studios, the filmmaking arm of comic book giant Marvel Enterprises and is the perfect example of how a comic book adaptation should be. Smart and fun, the movie will appeal to everyone, not just comic book geeks. Who would have thought that the writer/star of Swingers would turn out to be the perfect director for such a big budget comic book adaptation?
Ironman has a loose, almost improv feel to it and never feels forced except near the end when it must deal with the villain and setting up the final confrontation. The actors, led by a sterling Robert Downey Jr., never take the movie too seriously and are clearly having a blast with the story (even Gwyneth Paltrow). The real charm of the movie is that the special effects never take over the movie; they remain just a color in the palette of director Jon Favreau, who uses them only in service of the movie.
One thing that’s amazing about Ironman is that it manages to not take itself too seriously without falling into easy tongue-in-cheek comedy territory. The humor is more whimsical and spur of the moment and comes largely from the Robert Downey Jr.’s performance and his enjoyment of the male fantasy lifestyle of his character Tony Stark.
That lifestyle is one that I think most men who kill for. After all, who wouldn’t want to have their own private plane with a retractable stripper pole for the airline stewardesses. All things considering, Ironman is the best comic book movie to date and the most fun big budget movie to come out of Hollywood in a long time.Buy the Moose a cup of coffee.