We're putting Ironman on our Movies To Buy list. So much for my vow to not support Hollywood with my dollars. HA! I'll console myself with the fact that this was an all-day ticket Pay Per View movie that we will watch a couple of times. Surely Hollywood won't get much money from that $3.95 ticket (or whatever the price is now).
Good couple hours of Kill-The-Bad-Guy Escapism with titillating computer technology. Good medicine for a pesky snotty cold and migraine.
Thank goodness for AirBorne and the generic variety that is less than half the name brand price! Thank goodness I can work while tucked into a warm bed.
The Westies enjoyed the movie also. The three here in the studio curled up on the bed and peeped at the movie when some sound peeked their interest. Lillibeth was running in her sleep, so she may have been chasing little iron clad moles or rabbits.
So, the stuff I liked about this movie:
1. I was skeptical about Robert Downey, Jr.,, but in the first two minutes I knew that Downey was THE perfect actor to play this part.
2. Here's the recipe for Ironman:
-A good handful of Al Pacino's deep dark moody eyes and Devil's Advocate swagger and rage
-Lots of Stallone's Rambo. I felt Stallone's presence all over the pre-super hero part of this movie.
-A bit of Harrison Ford' realistic awkwardness when he is yanked from the business suit world into third world brutality. I like that. Downey stumbling out of the cave clutching the big car battery that was keeping him alive...loved that scene.
-Bruce Willis's muttering, hard-to-hear, rapid-fire humor and great one-liners.
-Add some James Bond maleness that makes women swoon and makes men want to die for him (at least in the movies).
-There's the multinational pack of mongrels. No regard for human life, hatred-driven killing. No name was attributed to the group, but it evoked an Afghanistan and Taliban terrorist movement.
-Pull in the Superhero comic book fans
-Give lots of stunning CGI for the geeks and video games crowd
-Heavy metal soundtrack. Gordon kept protesting the movie needed electronic or techno music, but I "get" heavy metal for an IRONman flix.
-Even the Renaissance re-enactors would love the suits of armor that Ironman donned to turn him into a superhero.
Now a bit of pure female thoughts during the movie:
So, was Gwenneth Paltrow preggers during the shooting of this movie? Or maybe she had not lost the slight tummy bulge from just having had a baby? She kept covering up her stomach with file folders and creative camera tricks. She looked glowing, and she was awkwardly trying to hide a little tummy bulge. I don't keep up with celebrity baby production.
I was on board with Paltrow as Miss Pepper Pots, a Miss Moneypenny for Ironman. Until The Dress Scene. They had already conveyed the sexual tension between Downey and Paltrow. Paltrow needed to maintain her efficient coolness.
Paltrow, I enjoy your body of film work but you turned into an awkward teenager in that dress scene. And why did you buy some overpriced rag that did not have enough material to cover your entire back and even the top part of your rumpus?
After that one big party, where are you going to wear that frock without having women whisper about seeing the outfit before?
Look, honey, go buy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe. She sings "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". One should try and learn from one's elders, Gwen. There is much wisdom in that song! Watch that movie several times until you fully grasp the concept.
Instead of buying that dress as your boss's birthday present to you, you should have bought jewelry. I'm not sure I would advise diamonds because Russia has enough diamonds to flood the world's market and drive the price of diamonds down to amethyst if DeBeers cannot keep a tight grip on them.
And don't go for the colored stones either because you never know when the stone's color has been enhanced by technology.
Go for good quality antique jewelry, emphasizing the artistry of the sculpture and design. Gold coins make stunning jewelry. you've always got that intrinsic value in the metal. The coin is usually 24k or 22k, and stick to at least an 18k setting ...not that I have thought that much about what makes the best present for birthday, anniversary, and Christmas.
Now to add to my shopping list after seeing this movie. I want three Butterfingers robots, one for the house, the studio and Grandma's house. Butterfingers could finish renovating Grandma's house for us in short order. Butterfingers is a cutie pie.
Add to my list, one Jarvis, the artificial intelligence computer that "runs the house". Gee, Jarvis could save me countless hours keeping up with how many rolls of toilet paper we have and whether we need to add dog food to the shopping list. Jarvis could access hubby anywhere on the network and audibly remind him of items on his Honey-Do list! That would be priceless.
I would love to have computer screens in my windows. I'm sure you have seen the real life translucent computer that appears in one's bathroom mirror so that one can consult, say, the Market, as one gets ready for work in the morning. Yeah, there really is such a thing. The movie just moved that technology to the huge glass windows of the house.
Gotta have Downey, Jr's, laboratory with all those floating flat screens. Give me a house filled with floating flat screens in every room. Gordon and I would be so happy. We would need a sophisticated voice recognition software program and artificial intelligence, customized to anticipate Southern accents and eccentricities.
The house was really sleek and cool. Very James Bondish. If you want to just sign over a deed to a house like that, I'll take it, but I'd really prefer to put that kind of dough into saving and restoring some of the historic mansions in Mississippi in need of preservation... but that is just me.
What I really, really, really want is one of those power source thingies that the principle character invented to keep the shrapnel in his heart from killing him. Just modify it to juice up my adrenal gland and give me all the energy I want.
Youth and youthful energy is SO wasted on the young. I'd love the stamina and drive I once had, but let me keep my life experiences and any wisdom I have gained along the way.
I recommend this movie. I'm old enough to watch any level of violent movie that I want to, so sorry, I did not pay any attention to the movie's rating, nor did I do a body count.
I hope the medical engineering guys all over the country watch this movie so that they will be inspired to make huge advances in prosthetics. After all, we decided to go to the moon, and the scientists made it happen. Lets decide to give our soldiers new arms and legs that work with the brain.
You do know that the early Star Trek shows had retailers calling the studio asking how the doors opened automatically? Two stage hands pulled the doors open simultaneously as the actors approached. Engineers had to create motion-sensitive automatic sliding doors from scratch... just from the Hollywood idea. Can you imagine a big grocery store or discount store now without automatic sliding doors?
My favorite shot of the movie was the American military rescue helicopters finding Downey in the dessert after he escaped the terrorists. Seeing those Special Forces or Rangers boiling out of the choppers and running to rescue Downey... the Americans had arrived. The Calvary had arrived. Safety.
Maybe we'll talk another time about the emotions that image evokes. Good movie. Get it! Good Job, Downey. Hope this means you have conquered your demons and will give us many movies
Ask your menfolk to describe this movie, and I promise you will get a description that sounds nothing like the review above. *grin*
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