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Beware the Creeper!

Iain's life as a psychotic crimefighter

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Iron Man

was good, but not, you know, great.

Robert Downey Jr certainly walks away with the film, with just the right level of supergenius insouciant swagger, and I didn't mind Gwyneth Paltry for a change (even though her character was underwritten) and the little shoutouts to the Marvel fans (like Rhodey's encounter with the prototype suite) were cool but I would have been a lot happier if Stark had renounced arms dealing because of the effect of his hi-tech weaponry on civilians, rather than being pissed off that they were being sold to the wrong people (I mean, they weren't Taliban, they were mercenaries - the best option would have been to buy them off, surely?) Despite its ever so topical critique of the military-industrial complex (that never goes out of fashion, does it?), it still relies on extreme firepower to wow the audience, which kind of misses the point, as far as I'm concerned. Still, it's Iron Man not Tony Stark, UN Peace Commissioner, so what did I expect?

It's cool from a comics nerd point of view, though, that Marvel are obviously intending to build up the separate character franchises then intertwine them into the same universe. Hope they do as good a job as the DC Animated Universe did.

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I think we pretty much agree on all points. The only bad review I've seen was in the SMH. Nowhere else on the internet - on the internet! - have I heard anyone express any ill-feeling towards that movie.

Just out of curiosity.

What's SMH?

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My feeling was that it was a very American solution to weapons control - they should only be used by the people who really know how to use them - it's the misinformed use that leads to all the trouble...

I agree that they seemed extremely faithful to the comic (though I stopped reading Iron Man just before Demon in a Bottle, I think - the Doom/King Arthur crossover was the last one I read.)

sorry - last comment was from me - I must remember to stop using Safari to reply to comments...

the special effects were good but the story was thin.
Downey Jnr is cute in close-ups.

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