I never been much of a fan of the IRON MAN comic book, but I have kept up a little bit on the storylines. Like any
Marvel comic book that I wasn't much of a fan of, the movie is great. The first two BLADE films are fantastic, but I
never warmed up to the comics. IRON MAN rests on the shoulders of Robert Downey Jr. and the script behind him.
The humor and action wouldn't have been as great if it wasn't for the bang-up performance of Robert Downey Jr. who takes the
role of Tony Stark and milks it for all it's worth. The first film is an origin story and the gigantic box office means
a sequel is coming.
After being captured by Afghan rebels, Tony Stark builds an amroured suit to mount his escape. He sees the legacy
of his weapons company. He is a new man (who isn't just a careless playboy genius). He tries to change the
course of his company and perfect the Iron Man suit despite his business partner (Jeff Bridges) trying to prevent it.
The surviving rebels want their own armoured suits after getting hold of new weapons from Starks Industry. Stay tuned
at the end of teh credits for a cameo appearance from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. I never seen Nick Fury as a black
guy. I always pictured him a white guy as I discovered the character in 1990. Sam might be great as Nick Fury
if he has an expanded role in the IRON MAN sequel (I hope they show off the SHIELD helicarrier).
IRON MAN is a great start to the summer movie season and the sequel will haev lots to live up to. The comedy and
action along with Downey's turn as Tony Stark makes this one a winner that won't be dethroned as best comic book movie of
2008 until HELLBOY 2 and THE DARK KNIGHT come along in July.
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