The Iron Man film has premiered in Sydney Australia to…. modestly favorable reviews. Not rave reviews, mind… favorable reviews.
“Saw it at the Sydney premiere last night, and it’s truly a great comic book action film. Downey Jr is perfect, the CGI is really smooth (apart from the big fight between Iron Monger & Stark…they just can’t seem to make CGI at speed look really good yet). Hopefully the fans aren’t put out, because there’s a lot of humour there, and the fight with Iron Monger isn’t a long one. But it’s a great start to what should be a no-brainer franchise.”
To me it sounds like there will be more of the ‘oh aren’t we hilarious’ jokes ala the Saturday Night Fever dance routine in Spider-Man 3. Maybe if I were ready for that kind of silliness it would not have stung as much. Maybe not.
The film hits the screen in two weeks (on Free Comic Book Day!), so expect lots of dudes in cardboard robot costumes duking it out in the parking lot before hand. The Iron Man fight club is inevitable, isn’t it?
Honestly, I wonder what future generations will think (if anything) of this era of entertainment where cartoons, old TV shows and comic books are turned into mega-huge franchises… and promptly forgotten in only a year’s time.
Maybe there will be a landfill of big gulp glasses with a monument to Entertainment Weekly that children visit where they lament the wasted time and energy that could have gone into quality film productions and new ideas.
Still… I hope Iron Man doesn’t suck.