Sunday, May 04, 2008

I Am Iron Man

Well, the Summer Blockbuster movie scene officially kicked off this weekend with the release of Iron Man.

Since I am a huge comic book nerd from when I was a kid, Iron Man was definitely going to be a movie I wanted to check out.

Since there was NO WAY Friz would ever commit herself to going out to see a film about a guy who flies around in a suit of armor, I knew this was clearly going to be another movie I would have to see on my own.

Which is fine by me. I know I've said this before, but I have NO problem going to see a movie by myself. I've never understood the hang-ups people have about not wanting to be caught dead going to a film solo. I guess I've never cared enough what people think about me, but I'd say about 90% of the movies I get to see are ones that I do so all by my lonesome.

Anyway, about Iron Man. I was expecting this movie to suck. I mean really, I had ZERO expectations on this one, especially since Marvel, with only a few exceptions, usually takes a cool comic-book hero and produces a pretty craptacular movie.

But I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. This movie is pretty good, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Robert Downey Jr. is PERFECT for the role of Tony Stark, the playboy millionaire weapons-maker who ends up becoming a walking arsenal. The story was fairly close to the comic, the writing was surprisingly smart, and even after 2 hours it left me wanting to see the inevitable sequel as quickly as possible.

Hmm, since it worked out so well for Iron Man, maybe I should really try to lower my standards for the rest of the Summer movies on my Must-See list....

Incredible Hulk - Anyone who has seen my blogger avatar can probably guess that the Hulk is my favorite comic book character ever. And the first movie sucked so badly, I feared that we would never see another. Plus, Ed Norton rocks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed

The Dark Knight - Damn this one looks good, although every time I see that kick-ass trailer, my heart hurts a little for the unfortunate passing of Heath Ledger. Hopefully this last movie will do him (and Batman) justice.

The Happening - I pretty much love anything M. Night Shamalama-ding-dong does (except that god-awful Lady In The Water), and this movie, which deals with a creepy occurrence bringing about the end of the world, just looks too good. Hopefully, after Lady, M. Night will be back on track with this one.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull - Ah, the granddaddy of them all. If any movie character defined a 14 year old Slyde growing up in the 80's, it would without question be Indiana Jones. Raiders of the Lost Ark was the first movie that completely blew me away as a kid, and it has never lost that charm for me. When I was a young teen, I wanted to "BE" Indiana Jones. Really. I bought the Stetson Hat. I even bought a bullwhip that I would practice hitting cans with in my basement for hours, until I became surprisingly good at it (much to my mother's horror....but that's another story). I hungrily looked forward to the 2 sequels that followed Raiders, and after almost 20 years now, I never thought that there would be another. Much to my glee, Steven Spielberg is proving me wrong, this month. I cannot wait.

So, what movies are you all waiting for?

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