Daniel's Critical Corner

May 5, 2008

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “Iron Man”

Filed under: Movies — Daniel @ 4:04 pm

Stop !!! (In The Name Of Glove)  

 ~ Hello Everyone ~
Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner !
Soaring High Today:  Iron Man

 Move over Spider, Bat and Super, there’s a new MAN in town !!!

Let’s kick this review off with a startling confession…  One that may shock you…
I was not AT ALL looking forward to seeing “Iron Man”.  There.  I said it. 
(I’m not proud),  but at least it’s out in the open.  Don’t act so surprised.  I’ve
confessed to worse !  And, in regards to that, I have not been to that midget
site since November.

It’s all true I’m afraid (about me not wanting to see the “Iron Man” movie). 
Don’t get me wrong,  I never had anything against the guy per se, but first of  
all what did I really know about him?  Nada.  Zip.  Zilch.  Goose Egg.  Secondly, the
previews left me flat.  Charlie Chaplin running around in a robot suit ?   Just some
average dude running around in armor?  Beavis and Butt-Head style music ?  This
 film had “One Trick Pony” written ALL over it.  And if you ask me, our hero 
kind of looks like a cross between a “Transformer” and a “Teletubbie”. 

Also, as it would seem, “Iron Man” is without “sex appeal”.  Spider-Man has his
tights, Batman has his rubber nipples, and Wonder Woman has her “Wonderbra”
(Plus she ties you up when you’ve been naughty)…   So what on Earth does Iron
Man have ?  Allow me to enlighten you…  He has a nice CAN!!!  (Badomp Bomp) !

Well, it’s now safe to say that ALL of my preconceived notions melted away as I 
 was slowly drawn in (and then completely mesmerized) by this exciting adventure !

First off , we get to learn a little about Tony Stark, (played by Robert Downey Jr.).
Stark is a super rich playboy, who lives the high life. Granted,  the “high” life is not
much of a stretch for Robert …  At any rate, Tony is the owner of a very successful
weapons manufacturing company.  On a trip to the Middle East, he is kidnapped by
terrorists who force him to start building a bomb.  It isn’t long however, before he
himself becomes “Da Bomb” as the super-suited Iron Man !


iron-man-plastic[1] by you.
Remove Your Hand…  I Am NOT A “Coke” Machine !


It’s awesome to watch the spectacle as Tony (dressed in robotic armor)
starts mopping up the dessert with terrorist scum.  Appropriately, the
soundtrack breaks out into heavy metal as (one by one), assorted baddies
are ripped to shreds by this magnificent machine ! 

Seeing the error of his ways, our shiny hero decides to start doing good
with his company, and he wants out of the weapons business.  Unfortunately,
in the process he manages to piss off (of all people) Jeff Bridges.  I don’t know
about you, but I  personally wouldn’t want to mess with Jeff Bridges. 
Of course, hijinks ensue…

Jeff (giving Lex Luthor a run for his money in the bald villain department), decides
the only way to beat a guy in a robot costume is to build a BIGGER robot costume.
What results is one of the most thrilling good guy/bad guy confrontations in recent 
history.  Nuts really start to fly as they bang the HECK out of each other !  

In no time at all, Robert Downey Jr. manages to turn Jeff Bridge’s
Hard Drive into Software !


An Accident During Filming: One Of The Cars From “Speed Racer” Crashed
Onto The “Iron Man” Set.


Now I’ve got to mention the rather gratuitous “love interest”, played (charmingly) 
 by Gwyneth Paltrow.  WOW !  Haven’t seen her in a while.  Nope…  To be honest,    
I’ve never really managed to see her in much of anything.   I do seem to remember  
her being in the movie “Seven”.  She was the head in Brad Pitt’s box !!!  (Not to be
confused with Justin Timberlake’s popular “Saturday Night Live” skit). 

Glancing at IMDB, it appears Paltrow won an Oscar for “Shakespeare In Love”. 
Hmmmph…  Sounds boring.  Granted, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” looked rather
dull and I LOVED it, but I was kind of forced to see that.  If someone kicks down 
my door and makes me watch “Shakespeare In Love” at gunpoint, then so be it. 
Maybe I will like it.  But until that time I’m going to have to live without.  Pity.

Regardless, Gwyneth is AWESOME in “Iron Man” , (as is everyone else) !!!
And stick around until after the credits, for a pretty sweet cameo from…
? ? ?

Ha Ha !  I’m not going to tell you.  You have got to go see for yourself !
But this movie is worth seeing from start to finish anyway.  Multiple times. 
Robert Downey Jr. has really raised the bar in this genre, doing an incredible job
playing the consummate super hero “alter ego”.  What is really novel about
this film is that it goes against the traditional “isolated and lonely” hero persona.
As a matter of fact, Tony Stark was very lonely UNTIL he became Iron Man !
Talk about IRONY !  Ha Ha !

His robot suit is even complete with a wise-cracking computer system.  It talks
 to him  (and yes, keeps him company) on his missions.  And if that’s not enough,  
Tony even chats with some friends on his cell phone while he is kicking some
butt.  A far cry from “Bat Man” running to the shadows after a battle, sobbing 
his little heart out over his long dead parents.  It’s been what, 40 years now ? 
Get over it.  Get therapy.  Maybe that’s why this poor guy can’t keep a
girlfriend for more than two hours.  No…  Robin doesn’t count.  LOL !!!

“Iron Man” is solid entertainment !  Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto !!!


Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating:  “10” out of “10”





  1. Iron Man was a practically flawless hero flick; its makers drop some pretty obvious sequel hints too… i’m thinking the next one should be equally great

    Comment by patrick — May 6, 2008 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  2. A practically flawless flick, PERIOD !
    LOL ! You probably already know that
    Robert Downey Jr. will be making a
    cameo (as Tony Stark) in the upcoming
    “Hulk” movie…

    Yes, I’m really looking forward to
    the sequel… Not much info on it
    yet, but I’m sure it is gonna ROCK !

    You have a great site by the way,
    and some awesome reviews !!!


    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 6, 2008 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  3. Daniel the Iron man review was awesome! I think i’m going to go see it next chance i get. Keep up the reviews!

    Comment by Jon — May 6, 2008 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks Jon !!! You will not be disappointed !!!
    “Iron Man” is the kind of movie you will want to
    see again and again !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 6, 2008 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  5. Ha ha that was so funny about Batman. Makes me glad I am a Flash fan. You really put this movie on a pedestal and it actually got a ten! I’m just curious now. I will have to see it. Good job you’re hilarious!

    Comment by Vanessa — May 7, 2008 @ 7:32 am | Reply

  6. Thanks Vanessa ! I never took
    you for a “Flash” fan. Go figure.
    LOL ! This a such a good movie,
    I promise you will LOVE it !

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 7, 2008 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  7. Well let me just say that I was not intrested in seeing this movie until I read your review. Now I am stoked!!!! Cant wait to see it!! Thanks Daniel. It was great hanging with you the other day and cant wait to see ya on Saturday!!!!!!!!
    Super Terry

    Comment by Terry Haack — May 7, 2008 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  8. Word. Have fun @ “Iron Man” (and let me know what you
    think of it) ! PS I’m glad you and the kids liked my “Underdog”
    recommendation !

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 7, 2008 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  9. Spot on review I say!..LOVED this movie. and the comment about ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was priceless..lol. Did I mention how sexy Robert Downey JR is? So intense…very cool. Yes, STAY TILL THE CREDITS ARE FINISHED PLEASE>>>>hahahha

    Comment by Gayle — May 8, 2008 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  10. Ha Ha ! Sorry about the ending thing there Gayle.

    *(Gayle called me as she was going in to see “Iron Man”,
    and I forgot to tell her to stay through the credits.)
    Needless to say, she missed the cool cameo. My Bad.

    LOL ! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 8, 2008 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  11. I like your writing style and your honesty. I also like the sarcasm, it’s like having a converstion with you about the movie which I think is what makes it interesting and easy to follow. Congrats on your hard work!!!

    Comment by Justin — May 9, 2008 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  12. Justin, you ROCK. Thanks !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 9, 2008 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

  13. Wow! You DID like this movie. Like the site dude…I’ll be back often!


    Comment by alntv — May 10, 2008 @ 8:15 am | Reply

  14. Thank you so much ! I enjoy your site
    as well and have added it to my favorites
    list !!! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 10, 2008 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  15. Nice review, dude. Ditto on the conversatinal style comments from Justin. I REALLY like Iron Man, but I gotta say – don’t knock Bruce Wayne for being moody. It’s hard to get over childhood trauma, especially in a dreary place like Gothatm City. And what if he did get better? Then we’d have what? A happy, well adjusted caped crusader? I think we call him Superman. Finally, I suspect that we’ll get a better look at Tony Stark’s darker side in the sequel when Jon Favreau delves into his alcoholism……Boy, I’m being a real downer aren’t I. The movie was great though. I loved it.

    Comment by sophosmoros — May 10, 2008 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  16. Thanks ! Ha Ha ! Well, I really do like Batman
    just the way he is. I know he turned down help
    from Dr. Phil, (Thank God). Are they really going
    to focus on Tony Stark’s darker side ? If they
    do I’d be cool with that… He is only human…
    I just hope they don’t overdo it and take away
    from the “fun factor”. LOL !

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 10, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  17. Hey! Iron Man was amazing. You are welcome for the add, I like reading your thoughts!

    Comment by oxfordfilmfreak — May 11, 2008 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  18. I am very flattered !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — May 24, 2008 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

  19. dude..thanks for the comment in my blog..
    you have got an wonderful site here..
    excellent review…
    would be back for ur next review …

    Comment by arvind — June 3, 2008 @ 1:45 am | Reply

  20. Thank You ! I really appreciate that !
    (I enjoy your site as well)… More
    great reviews on the way, I promise !!!

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 3, 2008 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  21. 10 out of 10? really? I was SO bored during throughout that entire movie. Hm. And I somehow forgot to write a review about it.

    Comment by dennisjansen — June 3, 2008 @ 10:29 am | Reply

  22. Oh NO ! LOL ! Yep, I gave it a “10” !
    This movie made my liver quiver !!! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel's Critical Corner — June 3, 2008 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

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