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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?

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.

Upcoming Superhero Movies of 2008

April 1, 2008

It’s understandable why Hollywood comes up with a lot of superhero movies every year, they can showcase really awesome special effects, they can attract more niche audiences to enjoy these movies, and they can start a franchise by bringing these comic book heroes to the mainstream moviegoing crowd. They also bring in lots of cash, so it’s not surprising that there’ll be a lot of superhero flicks coming our way this year as well.

1. Iron Man

Trailer:

Info from Wiki: Iron Man is an upcoming 2008 superhero film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist who is captured by terrorists in Afghanistan. Ordered to build a missile, Stark uses his resources instead to build a suit of power armor and make his escape. Returning to America, Stark improves his armor and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow plays his secretary and love interest Virginia Potts, Terrence Howard plays jet pilot James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges plays the villainous Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger.”

Of all superhero movies coming out this year, this is the one I’m anticipating the most. I just love the mythos behind Iron Man, and even if he’s been a douche in the comics recently I still have a soft spot for Tony Stark. It’s also amazing how they got Avi Granov, an artist who worked on the Iron Man comics (and is responsible for the modern Iron Man armor design), to do the designs for the movie, which brings a sort of consistency to it. They also did a great job with the casting, I think Robert Downey Jr.’s just perfect as Tony Stark. I can’t wait for this to come out!

2. The Dark Knight

Trailer:

Synopsis from Wiki: The Dark Knight is an upcoming 2008 American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman and is part of the Batman film series. The film is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, which rebooted the BatmanHarvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). film series after an eight-year hiatus. Christopher Nolan returns as the director, and Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Batman’s primary conflicts in the film come from his fight against the Joker (Heath Ledger) and his strained friendship with district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart)

As a sequel to the phenomenal Batman Begins, I can’t wait for this movie as well. I liked really liked the themes and characters established in the first film (which was a reboot of the franchise), and from the trailers it seems like they’ll still be keeping it intact. Heath Ledger’s Joker looks really promising, and it’s a shame that we won’t be able to see it in a future film. This movie will be on every superhero fan’s watchlist this summer, I hope it won’t disappoint.

3. The Incredible Hulk

Trailer:

Film Synopsis from Wikipedia: The Incredible Hulk is a superhero film based on the Marvel comic of the same name, set for release on June 13, 2008. It is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as Betty Ross, William Hurt as her father General Thaddeus Ross and Tim Roth as the villainous Emil Blonsky, known in the comics as the Abomination. The film follows Banner as he flees the pursuit of General Ross and attempts a cure to rid himself of the Hulk. But when Blonsky injects himself with Banner’s gamma formula and becomes an even greater monster, Banner must accept his own inner beast and defeat Blonsky.”

I gotta admit, I didn’t enjoy the first Hulk film that much. What the first film lacked was the same thing that was missing in the Superman movies; an epic showdown between superpowered beings. Marvel’s decision to reboot the franchise is still a bit confusing to me though, even if the first film didn’t do that well I don’t think they would’ve needed to re-do everything. Well anyway, I think it’s shaping up to be better than the first one already, and with the Abomination making an appearance in the movie, the Hulk will surely have serious competition. I’ve also pictured Edward Norton taking on the role of Bruce Banner for the longest time. I’m kinda disappointed that Sam Elliott won’t be coming back for the role of Gen. Thunderbolt Ross though, I think he did a really good job on the first film. I’m not that excited about this one, but I’ll check it out all the same.

With movies like Spiderman, Superman Returns and Batman Begins topping favorite movie lists in sites such as ibeatyou, I believe Hollywood will still crank out superhero movies for the next few years. After all, there’s still a ton of material left. It’s just a matter of getting the right cast, approach and director to work on the movies, and this year’s choices do seem to have them all, though when it comes to being a certified blockbuster success it all depends on the moviegoers.