Billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) makes weapons for the U.S. government. While testing of one of his inventions, he is wounded, captured and forced to make weapons for the enemy. Instead, he fashions himself a crude power armour to save his life and facilitate his escape. When he returns home, he revises his armour and finds purpose as the Armoured Avenger, Iron Man!
At first, my auntie had some doubts in watching this movie. She dun like the idea of having Robert Downey for the role of a superhero - too old. After watching the movie, she agreed and understood why they put him for the role. Who can protray someone of a certain status in such industry who is quite well-established but him? My sister has liked him ever since she watched him in Only You so that's how I came to know him. With regards to the cast, a more fitting troupe could not have been chosen to come together onscreen. The chemistry between all of them, especially the unspoken love between Tony Stark and his faithful assistant Pepper Potts (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) was so subtle and relatable. Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane may not seem like an obvious choice, but he transformed himself for the role and made it work. From a hapless, deadbeat hippie in "The Big Lebowski", he turns into a relentless industrialist, whose main goal is profiting from war, not giving a second thought to the tree-hugging types.
"Iron Man" is more story-driven, and it takes its time to introduce Tony Stark and friends and slowly lets us explore Stark's world. Luckily, it isn't one of those superhero movies that fail to live up to the hype; on the contrary, it delivers everything it promises. There's witty dialogue, a well thought out plot, excellent special effects and CGI without being over-the-top unbelievable, and an amazingly well put together cast portraying characters with true depth and emotion, without sacrificing the fun. All these elements come together to make the film one of the highest quality big budget movies I've seen in a long, long time. Judging from how the ending ended, there is definitely gonna be one or two more sequels like Spiderman, X-Men, Batman.
Overall: 4/5 stars
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A long weekend....
I took leave on Friday as I had thought that the Pulau Ubin outing is on but we cancelled in the end and went for bowling and pool @ Safra BUkit Merah instead. I watched almost three movies at one go this week. Wednesday was Harold and Kumar. I had not much choice to watch as Iron Man had just released that day so it was all fully booked. It was a continuation storyline from the first show but I did not watched the first show. I just borrowed the DVD from my aunt and managed to watch finished the 1st show (Harold and Kumar: The White Castle) yesterday so I realised it was really linked.
Had a farewell lunch cum post-BCA Gallery lunch at Shangri-La Hotel's The Line on Wednesday. It's a buffet lunch. It wasn't that fantastic really. The pics here...
A pity my colleague's left...A gift from all of us...
A group pic...
A team pic of us celebrating my boss's bday (the lady in middle) in Feb...That is our Chill Out area...
Went to play bowling and pool on Labour Day. I still preferred pool to bowling. Can't really control the weight of bowling. I even play better at pool (can even teach my aunties and cousin how to play). We played in two teams and my team won 2 out of 3 games...But I sucked at bowling though I improved this time round, at least I managed to hit more pins down (can left with 1 standing by luck). It was a fun time of gathering with my family. (My parents and bro din go btw!)
Watched Iron Man with Auntie Linda on Friday as both of us took leave. We watched the Digital version and it's good. Read next entry for movie reviews...Had lunch at this Jap restaurant at Paragon basement which specialises in Soba. But I dun think it was that fantastic. I had Sukiyaki Set which comes in choice of cold / hot soba and Sukiyaki in rice. My auntie ordered Unagi and Tofu Set which the portion of the tofu and eel was rather measly. My order was far better than hers. Then I bought a pair of flat shoes from U.R.S. and I finally managed to get the bathrobe from Takashimaya.
I watched Dance of the Dragon with Mingli on Sat. It was rather dull and boring but Jang Hyuk was really an eye candy for that movie. Overall the movie was so-so (Deserved a 3 stars only!). A C grade Hollywood movie I would say...
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