So, I just finished watching Captain America: The First Avenger. I know, I’m a little behind on the times. The movie has only been out on DVD for, I don’t know, a couple of weeks now. Throw me a bone, here. When you’ve got an extremely active toddler running around, you don’t exactly have a lot of movie watchin’ time.
Anyway, with The Avengers being released in May (and since my memory absolutely blows), I think it is time to take a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) leading up to The Avengers.
The first in this series of posts will be my review and thoughts on the first MCU flick, Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges.
I’ll just come out and say it. This is the best of the MCU movies, so far. Everything was right. Jon Favreau and company couldn’t have cast a more perfect Tony Stark. Robert Downey, Jr. IS Tony Stark. He’s suave, has a silver tongue, and he can throw the one-liners around with the greatest of ease. His chemistry with Paltrow, who plays his assistant Pepper Potts, and Terrence Howard, who plays Jim Rhodes, is outstanding.
But, you can’t have good hero without a good villain, and Jeff Bridges, as Obadiah Stane, is a very good villain. He seems so kind and caring toward Tony Stark, all the while selling him out and trying to make more money for himself by selling weapons to terrorists under the table. He’s not a sympathetic bad guy at all. He’s just plain bad. Bridges also has great chemistry with Downey.
Now to the nerdy stuff: the little things your average movie goer wouldn’t catch.
How cool was it to see a half finished Captain America shield on Stark’s work bench? Also, Jon Favreau included himself in the movie as Happy Hogan, Stark’s former boxer bodyguard and chauffeur. Awesome. The only little reference I wasn’t a fan of was the reference to the Ten Rings, having them portrayed as a terrorist organization, rather than the ten rings of power worn by the classic Iron Man villain, the Mandarin.
God, I am a nerd. And not just any nerd, one of those (nerd voice) “It is different from the source material. I do not approve!” nerds.
Anyway, good acting, direction, and a good story make this the best Marvel Studios production thus far.
If only DC would get off their lazy asses and make good movies about heroes not named Batman.
Join me next time as I review, rant and rave on The Incredible Hulk.