Without a doubt. Ironman is the best movie of 2008. Period.
There really shouldn’t be any contest as to what the best movie of 2008 should be. Of course, I guess someone could say that Ironman didn’t make as much as The Dark Knight but as far as the the movie itself goes, Ironman is a much better movie.
First, Ironman is a superhero movie. That in itself will make it much better than anything else created in 2008. Just for the fact that someone wanted to take on the task of creating a movie on a lesser known, although has a large following, superhero like Ironman should give it high marks in the rating department. I have to admit that I really wasn’t all that thrilled to see a movie about Ironman. In fact, I wasn’t in a rush to go see it until the reviews began coming in. Then I had to.
And I am so glad I did.
The director, John Favreau, did a brilliant job of directing Robert Downey Jr. in his role of Tony Stark/Ironman. The vision to reality ration is outstanding. I sat there like a little kid watching Superman for the first time on the big screen. I kept thinking… “Oh man! That’s awesome!”, or “Whoa! Did you see that?”
Second, if you start a movie with AC/DC’s Back in Black you must know that what is to follow is going to be awesome. Really the song sets the tone for the entire movie. A great rhythm that can keep you in tuned to it for years to come. From the initial rocket blast scene to the final fight between Jeff Bridges (as Tony Stark’s business partner) and Robert Downey Jr, the movie doesn’t bore you with a lot of back story and setting up. It’s a thrill ride that keeps you feeling like you want more.
Third, I love the suit. There isn’t a better suit in a superhero movie anywhere. Sorry Dark Knight fans, but the Ironman suit is miles ahead of the new “Next Generation” Batman suit. It’s just cool.
And finally, the acting is superb. Roberty Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Terrance Howard to an amazing job in their respective roles. However, I would have to say that choosing Downey Jr. as the billionaire playboy Tony Stark was a brilliant move. He fit the part perfectly and he made you think that he really was Tony Stark.
I couldn’t wait until Ironman came out on DVD. Now that it has I know I have watched it about 25 times. It’s that kind of movie.
If you’re looking for a great gift, or just want to spend a lot of time watching, and then re-watching a movie and want to know that you have gotten your money’s worth in buying a DVD, then Ironman on DVD is what you’re looking for.