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An ‘Iron Man’ Mini-Review

May 6, 2008

So yeah, I watched Iron Man over the weekend and it was EPIC GEEKGASM. It really was a good idea for Marvel Studios to go ahead and make movies on their own rather than relying on Hollywood studios, and you can really see that they have total control over what goes on the film. Everything was spot on, the right actors, awesome effects and the right people to do it.

As an origin story people were skeptical when it was first announced but then again Iron Man’s origin wasn’t a normal one. Tony Stark was a self-centered scotch downing playboy who happens to be a weapons manufacturer, until he got hostaged by terrorists and was asked to make weapons of mass destruction for them. It’s here that he realized that his creations are being used against the people that he’s trying to protect. With him realizing his responsibility, using the parts he was given to make weapons, he creates the first crude Iron Man suit and escapes capture. Building a more powerful suit with advanced materials, he then sets up on a noble quest to rid the world of the weapons that he had created, and find out who was giving them to the wrong hands in the first place.

I also want to commend them for the excellent casting. Robert Downey Jr was dead-on as the alchoholic playboy Tony Stark, and the way he handled Stark’s witty lines were amazing. It’s great that Marvel had the guts to have a superhero like him come up on a movie that’s meant for a wide audience.

Jeff Bridges was also fantastic as the two faced Obadiah Stane. From the way the movie was structured, he doesn’t start off as the obvious villian, but gradually his true nature is revealed and Bridges does it menacingly so.

Gwyneth Paltrow played Tony Stark’s personal assistant Pepper Potts, which is certainly not the usual damsel in distress you’d expect in a superhero movie. In fact she was great as a foil to Stark and even a key player in the movie’s climax. And as expected, Terrance Howard showed that he’s one of the best character actors around as Tony’s best friend, Jim Rhodes. The foreshadowing for his eventual role as War Machine was also one of the most geektastic moments in the movie.

As expected the effects were awesome! I couldn’t even tell when they used CGI or not. Getting Adi Granov to design the movie Iron Man suit was pure genius. Surprisingly, even if Favreau wasn’t an ‘action director’, the action scenes in the movie were thoroughly enjoyable, and even unexpected for a film getting a GP rating. They definitely showed that unlike heroes like Batman or Spidey, Iron Man’s not reluctant in killing his enemies.

Clearly Iron Man was made with geek love, and it worked wonderfully. Thanks to Marvel and Jon Favreau for delivering a hugely satisfying flick. Iron Man is definitely the best comic to movie transition yet, and the sequel can’t come soon enough. Oh and don’t forget about the extra scene after the credits! Really sweet foreshadowing of things to come!

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New ‘The Dark Knight’ Trailer in HD!

May 5, 2008

The Dark Knight has a new trailer up in HD! It’s precursor ‘Batman Begins’ set the standard for superhero movies thanks to director Christopher Nolan‘s vision, replacing the camp of the previous films with a darker atmosphere and a more serious, realistic theme. It’s no surprise that the sequel ‘The Dark Knight’ is the most anticipated movie of 2008 as I’m sure people can’t wait to see their take on Batman’s archnemesis, the Joker.

Heath Ledger’s take on the Joker is terrifyingly unbelievable, with his unsettling appearance and that freaky laughter. I’m sure a lot of kids will be scared shitless by him. There’s a couple of new stuff in the trailer too, such as Harvey Dent’s transformation into the villian Two-Face. I’m also liking the new Batman score though nothing’s still as iconic as the one used in the Burton films.

Another thing I loved about The Dark Knight is it’s excellent viral marketing campaign, it really helps develop the theme and characters of the movie and makes you feel more immersed in it. Well it does seem like this movie will be a even bigger success than “Begins”, and will definitely be one of the biggest movies of the year (next to Iron Man anyway :D)!

The Dark Knight stars Christian Bale, Heath Legder, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Micheal Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman.

You can download the HD trailers here.

The Superhero Movies cometh!

May 2, 2008

It’s funny how there’s a lot of superhero movies coming this year. As I said I’ll be watching Iron Man this weekend. I’m also stoked on the upcoming Batman movie as well as the the Hulk ‘sequel’.

I remember though how they use to make superhero movies. Somehow, it was made to appease the mainstream audience by somehow making them a bit darker and hyper-realistic, but somehow not being too mature and interesting since most of the spirit of the original got too ‘updated’.

Fortunately, I’ve heard, they took a different approach to Iron Man by taking the original mythos into consideration and applying it on the movie, as well as a lot of nods and nudges for geeks everywhere. I’m really hyped, I can’t wait!

Hyped for Iron Man!

April 30, 2008

I got some reserved seats for Iron Man for this weekend and I’m totally psyched! Some friends of mine were able to catch the screening and they said that it’s the definitive superhero movie, and that the translation from the comics the the movie was flawless. I bet we’re in for an awesome night at the movies, I can’t wait.

Worst Fight Scene Ever!

April 27, 2008

Check out this outrageous fight scene from the movie “Undefeatable“! It’s funny how the two guys suddenly become half-naked (and oily to boot!), and then out of nowhere, a woman with a cast on her arm beats up the crazy dude. And check out that ending! Utter hilariousshits. Apparently, people voted for this as the worst scene in a movie ever, and who can blame ’em?

Just seen “The Forbidden Kingdom”!

April 18, 2008

I watched “The Forbidden Kingdom” over the weekend and wow, it was way better than I expected. Jet Li and Jackie Chan’s fight scene is a must see! This one of the best films I’ve seen this year, and I can’t wait to watch it again just to see that epic fight scene once more.

I’m pretty tired to make a coherent review right now, but I’ll try making one after the rewatch. If you haven’t seen it yet and you’re a fan of martial arts movies, what’re you waiting for? Go see it!

The Incredible Hulk Movie Poster Revealed!

April 17, 2008

As you’ve seen on my previous entry, a new Hulk movie will be hitting the theaters this Summer: The Incredible Hulk. The poster for the movie just came out last week, and it looks really sweet, with Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) pondering his predicament while his alter-ego The Hulk is standing behind him and looking back, seemingly showing Banner that he is a part of him that’s intertwined in his destiny. The Incredible Hulk will be shown in theaters on June 13, 2008.