Iron Man

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"Iron Man" is just another in a long line of "wink wink nudge nudge" superhero films that's poised for a series of sequels that will undoubtedly obliterate any notion of originality this first film might have had.

Robert Downy Jr. in Iron Man

I think that any movie that positions Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) as one of the central antagonists for a sophisticated metal superhero named Iron Man has got some serious problems. Did Iron Man pee on Jeff's favorite rug?

Okay, so Bridges plays Obadiah Stane. He and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) are business partners in Stark Industries, the world's leading producer of high-tech weaponry. Still, I just see Jeff Lebowski. I don't care how fat or bald Bridges gets, there are just some characters from which actors can never escape.

Also, a superhero movie done well does not equal a good movie. "Iron Man" is still that superhero movie that winks at the audience as if both the subject and the issues involved are nothing more than a joke. This is interesting considering director Jon ("Swingers") Favreau fills the movie with contemporary commentary on weapons manufacturing, terrorism, war, peace, and what have you.

Iron Man's origin story begins with Tony Stark getting captured in some third world crap hole (probably Afghanistan) and building the Iron Man suit as a means of escape. He then realizes that all his wealth comes from being a merchant of death and that his weapons aren't used for good purposes. He returns to the U.S. and with the support of his trusty assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and good friend, Col. James Rhodes (Terrence Howard), redesigns the Iron Man suit to fight evil. That's when we learn that Lebowski is the real nemesis and the whole movie goes to shit.

The Dude builds his own suit, which is lots bigger than Stark's suit and tries to crush him with it, revealing a rather serious flaw in Stark's design. Lebowski truly becomes the Big Lebowski and he and Iron Man have it out.

"Iron Man" is just another in a long line of "wink wink nudge nudge" superhero films that's poised for a series of sequels that will undoubtedly obliterate any notion of originality this first film might have had.
 

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It's like the iron man suits

jazzdrive3's picture

It's like the iron man suits were just metal condoms, because it seemed to turn into nothing but a "mine is bigger than yours" contest at the end.

Overrated

Drew_Atreides's picture

On one hand, i'm happy to see Robert Downey Jr. kind of find his "Jack Sparrow"...A character that will finally get him broad recognition for his talent.

 

On the other hand: this movie was about as cookie-cutter as they come.  I guess it really says something for Downey's charisma that it was enjoyed by so many.  

I have to say that it does not live up to the hype.

 

But hey, at least Gwyneth Paltrow didn't entirely suck.  That's rare.

 

The cockpit.. what is it?

Cookie Cutter?

Coaster's picture

Yeah, just another one of those "weapons designer genius guy gets trapped by terrorists and uses thier tools and his weapons to construct a super suit so he can kick their asses" movies. 

I enjoyed the hell out of that movie.  I'm looking forward to Iron Man 2. And Hulk 2. And Spiderman 3. And Batman 3. Yeah, even Punisher 2.

He's really taking Punishment 101 to a new level.

RidingFool's picture

I knew a cookie cutter down south, but she wouldn't move in with me. Oh well. Maybe next time.

She did make good cookies, though.

Damn but I miss all of those American girls! They really knew how to treat a Canadian boy.

The second half..

Drew_Atreides's picture

 

Yeah sure Coaster the first half of the movie worked, despite being incredibly silly.  Downey's charisma carries the day. But what about that second half?

Disappointingly predictable and dull, if you ask me.   Jeff Bridges  (while i liked the look!)  was completely wasted on lame material, continusouly recycled material. 

Both this one AND the Hulk suffered the same fate.   The Hulk actually had some cool sequences (Tim Roth kicked ass as a super soldier!) but then it degenerated into...pretty much the identical ending of Iron Man.

I'll grant you that the VERY end of "Iron Man" went against convention and was pretty cool, but....Overall disappointing.

The cockpit.. what is it?

Obadiah Stane's motivations

jazzdrive3's picture

Obadiah Stane's motivations were the worst part of the movie.  They just didn't make any sense.  It was all in service to the plot getting to two power suits beating the crap out of each other.

thank you

Decaf's picture

Drew_Atreides wrote:

 

Yeah sure Coaster the first half of the movie worked, despite being incredibly silly.  Downey's charisma carries the day. But what about that second half?

Disappointingly predictable and dull, if you ask me.   Jeff Bridges  (while i liked the look!)  was completely wasted on lame material, continusouly recycled material. 

Both this one AND the Hulk suffered the same fate.   The Hulk actually had some cool sequences (Tim Roth kicked ass as a super soldier!) but then it degenerated into...pretty much the identical ending of Iron Man.

I'll grant you that the VERY end of "Iron Man" went against convention and was pretty cool, but....Overall disappointing.

The cockpit.. what is it?

thank you. I found the first half entertaining, but the ending was kinda lame.

 

 

also, this movie is too republican to be one of the top movies of the year

uh, Spiderman 3 is already out

Decaf's picture

Coaster wrote:

Yeah, just another one of those "weapons designer genius guy gets trapped by terrorists and uses thier tools and his weapons to construct a super suit so he can kick their asses" movies. 

I enjoyed the hell out of that movie.  I'm looking forward to Iron Man 2. And Hulk 2. And Spiderman 3. And Batman 3. Yeah, even Punisher 2.

uh, Spiderman 3 is already out. and it sucks, sad to say

I beg to differ

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MasterKlives wrote:

uh, Spiderman 3 is already out. and it sucks, sad to say

If by sucks, you young 'uns mean "kicks ass", yeah, then Spiderman really "sucked."  I meant to say I was waiting for Spider-Man 4

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