Iron Man. Saw it. Dug it. Don't see what the super reviews are all about. This movie was perfectly acceptable summer fare. I am a summer fare whore. My happy place is watching summer blockbusters. I love that crap. But better (off the top of my head) comic book movies include: Superman I, II and Superman Returns; Batman, Batman Begins; X-Men and X-Men 2; Ang Lee's Hulk; Spider Man and Spider Man 2. Heck, even Unbreakable (in a way).
There's been a backlash, I think, against comic book movies that take themselves seriously. This movie is a clear example. Entertaining, tongue firmly in cheek, well-made B-movie, with a TV-movie script being jazzed up by some great actors, some great comedic moments and a lot of ILM. I wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating crackers or anything. But I'm looking forward to Dark Knight. Iron Man is fun, but it probably won't wind up on my DVD shelf.
Someday, I shall publish what IS in my DVD collection. Then you'll see what's wrong with me.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.