“Iron Man” is Fun

Iron Man — I enjoyed Iron Man more than any super hero movie that has come out in recent years. It’s well-acted and it tells a good story that doesn’t exist just to show off special effects. Had the producers gone heavy on the CGI, it could have easily slipped into mind-numbing territory like Transformers. Instead, it’s in a league of its own, presenting us with real characters and a compelling origin story that doesn’t feel childish or cartoonish but is still entertaining and full of really cool stuff. (May 4/08)

28 Weeks Later — The sequel to the apocalyptic zombie thriller 28 Days Later. That movie, which fell a little short of being great, scared the crap out of me and is worth watching because it presents such a convincing last-man-on-earth scenario. 28 Weeks Later gives us all-new characters and then brings on “the infected” (or the zombies) in full force. It effectively re-creates the run-for-life elements of the original movie. The ending is stupid, but it’s passable, creepy entertainment. (May 2/08)

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem — Even with some occasionally impressive cinematography, AVPR is unwatchable for anyone with an IQ over zero. It’s not even passable as a B-movie. Thank gods for the fast-forward button. (May 1/08)

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

One Reply to ““Iron Man” is Fun”

  1. I saw Iron Man last night. I never read the comic so I had no idea about its origin or how fantastical its powers would be.

    It’s a fun movie. I agree with Phillip’s opinion; the origin of Iron Man is well presented. There are some over-the-top elements and the usual one-line witty lines, but it’s packaged well.

    There’s a scene at the end of the movie, at the end of ALL the credits, that hints at a sequel. A well-known actor appears in the scene who didn’t appear in the rest of the movie. A bad-ass, cool actor.

    One thing that spoiled it: trailers I saw for the movie weeks ago: they gave too much of it away. Watching the beginning of the movie was like watching the trailers, which was disappointing.

    I’m not going to watch anymore more movie trailers.

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