Iron Man – the Movie

Here is a movie where I differ with Ebert. Surprisingly, he gave Iron Man four stars. Read for yourself.

I thought it was entertaining. It’s a superhero movie, but one where I didn’t find myself caring for any of the characters. Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges are doing an excellent job acting this, and that’s probably why it works. But the story is really silly. We visit Afghanistan a few times and it looks like the entire country is nothing but a  bunch of crazed terrorists who do nothing but spray bullets out of AK-47. It’s a wonder any women and children are still alive with that much lead in the air.

The technology is implausible, the hero unreal, there really isn’t a story and no message or mission to hang on to. The entire movie plot seems to be contrived to give a reason for a couple of robots with humans inside to battle on an L.A. freeway. The robots are on one hand fearsome, on the other hand surprisingly fragile.

If you are tired and you have nothing else to do, it’s reasonable entertainment. It gets two stars from me because it’s not trash or idiotic. But it still has no merit – only entertainment.  If you don’t see this, you’re not going to miss anything.

Rating: **

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