iron man lives
May 5, 2008
So it turns out I’m a total sucker for superhero movies. I know, Rick S. hates em. Just can’t stand em. But he’s stupid, because superhero movies, when they’re good, are very very good. (Of course, when they’re bad, they are worse than bad, you feel icky for just showing up.) And while the general rule for superhero movies is “the darker the better,” it doesn’t HAVE to be that way. See The Incredibles. Also, discovering superpowers is generally more interesting than USING superpowers.
(Instead of linking to all these movies, I’ll just direct you generally to www.imdb.com. You’re welcome.)
My top superhero movies:
Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Batman Begins, Spiderman, and, now, Iron Man. Oh, and I’ll put Unbreakable in here, I think it counts. And The Incredibles. So what if it’s animated, it rocks.
My middle tier superhero movies:
X-Men (solid, but just can’t put them in the top tier), Batman (1989, with Michael Keaton, just missing the top tier, by THAT much), Spiderman II, Superman Returns (2006), Hellboy, Transformers (too noisy, but the parents make up for it), update: Mystery Men (brilliant, but too long and uneven).
And, the bottom:
All other Batmans, Supermans, Spiderman III (bleh), League of Extraordinarily Boring Gentlemen, Whatever that stupid blind guy Ben Affleck played is called. All parts of the Fantastic Four not featuring Flame Boy. And that bloated Hulk cartoon Ang Lee put together. Oh, and I guess I should mention Catwoman. Maybe not, maybe we can all just pretend that Catwoman never happened.
But this new Iron Man movie, well, I’m pleased. I know they’ve already put Iron Man II on the schedule (summer of 09), and I’m already excited. Robert Downey Junior has as much charisma as any actor working, and now that he’s BEEN Iron Man, he IS Iron Man in the same way that Christopher Reeve IS Superman.
And this summer, not only have we already had Iron Man, but here comes The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones, and a new Hulk starring Ed Norton. I’m in summer heaven.
Escapism just feels right these days. You know what I’m excited for? Wonder Woman.