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Iron Man Released

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the it's-that-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year dept.

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Slashdot reader stoolpigeon wrote about the start of summer blockbuster season, and the latest comic book to make it to the big screen. He says "Iron Man is an entertaining movie, as they go. I never was really into comic books — so I have no knowledge or concerns as it relates to following the original story line. I can't address that. The film has good action and some very humorous moments. The serious side of the film is not its strong suit. It's not horrible, but it really doesn't make too much sense. It was interesting to see how they tried to set up an anti-war message without being critical of the US military. It's really a comic book put to film. Not high art or anything, but a whole lot of fun. The film keeps up a fast pace throughout and never bogs down. Some of the product placements were so blatant that they kind of jarred me out of being into the film. The special effects were phenomenal. It was awesome in that regard. Like any movie, it is not everyone's cup of tea If you do go see it in the theater, and you are a big comic books fan, do not leave until after all the credits have run. And I mean all of them." I gotta get a sitter. Man I'm old.

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Old? (3, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284150)

I gotta get a sitter. Man I'm old.

Youngster.

You're old when your youngest is driving and does not need a sitter.

Re:Old? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284184)

You're old when your youngest is driving and does not need a sitter.
Youngster.

You're old when your youngest needs a sitter for his youngest.

Re:Old? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284280)

You're old when your youngest needs a sitter for his youngest.
Youngster.

You're old when your youngest needs a sitter for you.

Re:Old? (0, Troll)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284418)

You're old when your youngest needs a sitter for you.
Youngster. You're old when your youngest's youngest needs a sitter for your youngest.

Re:Old? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284236)

Youngster.

You're old when your youngest is driving and needs a sitter - for you!

Old? Old is remembering the animated "iron Man" (2, Interesting)

IvyKing (732111) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284510)

Jeez - I'm old enough to remmber the animated versions of the Marvel comics frrom the mid-60's, along with Iron Man, there was Thor, Captain America, Prince Naimor and of coure, The Hulk. What's even worse is remembering the theme songs for each of these shows.

Re:Old? (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284872)

Ha! How about going off to college?

And to the next poster, yeah, I remember the '60s versions of stuff... I even have an MP3 of the groovy 60's Spiderman theme song lying around somewhere on my hard drive.

Issue # 90 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284156)

is the best one. Go read it.

Iron (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284162)

I have an IRON PENIS, does that make me an iron man? booiiinnngggg

this just in... (3, Funny)

Captain Murdock (906610) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284192)

movie reviews on slashdot

Re:this just in... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284260)

See header on page.

NEW FOR NERDS, STUFF THAT MATTERS

Nuff said.

Engage Marvel.

Re:this just in... (3, Insightful)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284272)

And, judging by the daily updates, Iron Man has purchased quite a few front page promos.

This is a refreshing change from Apple's iPhone stories, and the ones the Ruby people bought.

Re:this just in... (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284814)

Well- I don't know about deals slashdot may have with anyone. I don't work for them or anyone associated with them. And I can't speak for any of the other front page articles, I didn't write or submit them. But in this case, I wrote a journal entry and for whatever reason, Taco put it on the front page.
 
I'm guessing that the other people who submitted the other things on the front page were also readers like me. So I guess at the very worst you could say Slashdot has been payed to accept submissions about the movie. For there to be a lot of them getting approved, there still need to be people submitting them on their own, which means there needs to be interest.
 
I don't watch the firehose too closely, but I bet lots of stuff related to the film is being submitted/journaled all the time. Interest in this film is very high amongst our community. Could there be some kind of payola going on? I guess. Does the recent number of stories about the film prove that this is happening? I don't think so.

Re:this just in... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284898)

This is boring. Let's talk about our periods!

Don't you hate it when your period plays tricks on you? Its like you go to the bathroom to change your pad and you see that there's not a lot of blood. Then you think "Oh, it must be getting light, I'll just wear a pantyliner" then BAM!! Niagara Falls hits lol

it happened to me the other day acuallyyyy=] I put a regular tampon in in the morning and while i was walking around in homeroom i felt wet [like 1 1/2 hours after i put it in] and so i went to the bathroom and i was starting to leak; so i put in a super hoping it would last me until lunch. & then at lunch i changed it; but it had like almost no blood on it; so i put in a lite & then when i got home it was like totally absorbed. ughhhh.

Has this ever happened to you?

Long time Iron Man fan... (2, Informative)

finalnight (709885) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284202)

Used to love the 1990's cartoon. Saw the movie at its midnight showing on Thursday night. Excellent all around, though the ending battle was fairly short. Make sure you stick around after the credits to see the premiere of Samuel L. Jackson's NICK FURY!

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284230)

Thanks for spoiling the surprise, dickass.

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (5, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284326)

Thanks for spoiling the surprise, dickass.

Spoiler? Wha???

Put down the corporate-shill-crack-pipe, my friend. I would have felt mightily pissed to sit through 20 minutes of "3rd reserve gaffer to the animal trainer's assistant coffee-wench", only to watch a goddamned advertisement.

Yes, advertisement. Wake up, people - "trailers" do not count as "content" to eagerly look forward to, they count as the same BS we pay $200-$400 for fancy digital VCR-like boxes that let us skip them.

So, a hearty thank you to the GP post, for saving me from wasting an extra 20 minutes only to leave the theater infuriated.

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284500)

So let me get this straight. You don't like sitting through trailers, you don't like sitting through credits, and you would have been "infuriated" to have done either of those things. Unless there's someone at your local theater holding a gun to your head, your faux-outrage at being theoretically forced to do something that you never would have done in the first place is quite amusing. Me? I like a little easter egg after the credits. You? Well, you just keep raging against the machine, li'l mister too cool to get excited about an upcoming movie.

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (3, Interesting)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284644)

Unless there's someone at your local theater holding a gun to your head, your faux-outrage at being theoretically forced to do something that you never would have done in the first place is quite amusing.

Who said anything about "forced"?

Some movies really do put interesting "featurettes" after the credits... Pixar has done that a number of times, and I do not resent sitting through the credits for more actual content.
However, the FP article made it sound like Iron Man would have something similar, and the post to which I responded acted annoyed that the GP outed the "surprise" as nothing more than the equivalent of a Rick-Roll.

So yes, it would have greatly annoyed me to voluntarily (I neither said nor implied anything about "forced") sit through the credits expecting to see more actual content, only to watch an ad.


Well, you just keep raging against the machine, li'l mister too cool to get excited about an upcoming movie.

Hey, if you like calling yourself a "consumer", good for you. My time has value beyond the number of ad impressions The Sponsors can trick me into watching per minute. I have nothing against you getting excited to watch an ad, I simply have no desire whatsoever to do so myself.

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (1)

dfedfe (980539) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284558)

No, you're making the mistaken assumption that advertisement is inherently bad, and, in particular, that advertisements cannot be entertaining. But neither of those is true, e.g. giving away free samples of food is advertising and is one form most people don't mind.

You can't just claim that trailers do not count as content to be anticipated, because people clearly do view some trailers this way (the OP, for instance). Advertising is just some thing that spreads awareness of a product. As such it is only good or bad in particular instances.

Screen credits aren't just there to annoy you (4, Informative)

LockeOnLogic (723968) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284704)

I would have felt mightily pissed to sit through 20 minutes of "3rd reserve gaffer to the animal trainer's assistant coffee-wench
I know film credits have funny names but they do represent real people who have put in massive time and effort into their work. The fact that it takes so goddamn long just to scroll through the names of the amount of people involved should give you some idea of the scope of effort and time needed to create just two hours of screen time. I'm not saying you have to sit through the credits but there's no need to piss on peoples screen creds.

Re:Long time Iron Man fan... (1)

bigbigbison (104532) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284738)

You are entitled to your opinion but I saw it yesterday and about 10 people besides my friends and myself stuck around until the very end. Of those 10 I heard at least 5 of them say something like, "dude!" when the clip at the end started and I heard another 3 people in the parking lot talking about how awesome it was that it had that person show up.
Admittedly it was opening day so these are probably the fans anyway but based on that your reaction is not the same as the reaction most people had.

lol ummm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284210)

its not out here yet... but i downloaded the torrent last night.... Old news...

I have mixed feelings about this. (2, Interesting)

mikelieman (35628) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284214)

I'm desperate for *any* good movies! And I like comic books. I think that Robert Downy can do a good job with the character. And they don't screw up the franchise -- usually -- until the sequel or third...

That said.

I personally hold Tony Stark ( The Worlds Biggest Asshole ) responsible for the death of Steve Rogers ( Captain America for our new listeners ) and to be mostly responsible for the whole Hulk Thing *and* the freaking Thor Clone. ( I *know* that was actually Reed and Henry Pym's work, but of that faction, Tony was the clear leader. )

Asshole.

Re:I have mixed feelings about this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284380)

And tricking Spidey into unmasking.

Stark sucks. Freedom ftw!

Re:I have mixed feelings about this. (4, Funny)

TheoMurpse (729043) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284384)

What??? Captain America is dead??!?! Thanks for the SPOILER ALERT!!

At least the rest of the media world had the decency to not ruin it for us like you just did...

Re:I have mixed feelings about this. (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284436)

I'm desperate for *any* good movies! If you can survice the language and not-very-special effects, try Nigerian movies.

Yes, my youngest has passed his drving test, and No, I am not Nigerian.

Re:I have mixed feelings about this. (2, Insightful)

garett_spencley (193892) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284598)

I'm desperate for *any* good movies!

For many years I was boycotting movie theaters. The high, ever climbing, ticket prices coupled with having to find a sitter to a sit through 30 minutes of commercials (not movie previews but commercials for pop and cars etc.) then to have the movie be one long commercial in and of itself (product placement) plus all of the traditional downsides to the theaters (idiots talking and leaving their cellphones on etc.) just made me prefer to sit at home. I don't even have any kind of high end entertainment system. Just a traditional 28" tube and a DVD player.

But last year I broke my boycott not once but several times. The Simpsons Movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Bourne Ultimatum, Transformers. It was the best year for movies since 2004 IMO. I'm definitely going to go see the new Indiana Jones movie (because before it was announced I didn't think they'd ever make another one and I didn't see any of the original trilogy on the big screen) but with the exception of that I don't think there's any movies that I will go out to see this year. Iron Man has me interested but it's on my "wait for the DVD" list like most movies.

GNAA Penis Rocket To The Moon Project (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284216)

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Re:GNAA Penis Rocket To The Moon Project (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284276)

You're not doing it right.

Old? No. (2, Insightful)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284222)

If you still need a sitter for your kids, you're not old. Of course, it's a relative thing, but trust me. In a while, your kid will want to quit school to tour with some band called the "The Screaming Lemon Wedges" and you'll look back and think, "I really wasn't that old. NOW I'm old."

Re:Old? No. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284294)

i wish you old bastards would STFU and quit trying to comfort each other. it's offtopic and it's pathetic. most of you can't even take responsibility for your own retirement without saddling me and my generation with the bill as though we are responsible for your lack of planning. as a group you're therefore like a bunch of impotent asshats cryin' for mama, in the form of big government, so just piss off already.

Re:Old? No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284340)

If only your parents had known about birth control and used it.
They have, obviously, failed to teach you any manners.

Re:Old? No. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284496)

Manners are for people who treat you with respect. We're a little past manners when the baby boomer generation has placed as many of its burdens as it can on the backs of the future generations as though their own children are just beasts of burden who exist to guarantee them a comfortable retirement. Assuming no further accumulation of debt, your grandchildren and probably also their children will still be paying for the mess that Social Security alone has become, and "no further accumulation of debt" is clearly not the case. There is a reason why I started saving up for my own retirement at the age of 19; it's because my financial future is rightfully my responsibility and it is morally wrong for me to burden someone else with it, especially by means of confiscatory taxes.


Bottom line is this: you want me to use good manners when addressing you? Then quit acting like a common thief and stop using government as a tool to impose your will on me and take responsibility for your own life. To do those things and then cry foul when I don't like them only demonstrates the very selfishness I am talking about. As a group (are you the exception? then learn what "as a group" means) the baby boomers are the single wealthiest segment of the population, but it's just never enough. I'm sick of it. Manners left this discussion some time ago.

Re:Old? No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284458)

I'm a young whiny punk and I live with my parents but I think I'm independent even though my mom buys and does everything for me waaaaaah!!
Fixd.

Re:Old? No. (1)

jav1231 (539129) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284484)

most of you can't even take responsibility for your own retirement without saddling me and my generation with the bill as though we are responsible for your lack of planning. as a group you're therefore like a bunch of impotent asshats cryin' for mama, in the form of big government, so just piss off already.
Actually, if it weren't for politicians robbing the SS Fund to help pay for illegitimate kids spawn by lazy musicians, crackheads, and "artists" of YOUR generation there might actually BE something in the fund for our generation. Granted, we should take some responsibility but the money came from US!

Re:Old? No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284664)

Check your sources, buppy.
  If it wasn't for Reagan robbing SS to fund reaganomics, there would still be more than enough there for your generation.

I saw it (2, Informative)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284226)

I saw it last night. I think it is hands down the best Marvel based movie I have seen. Good plot,pace and special effects. The pace was so good that I didn't realize that two hours had passed and was surprised when the movie started to wrap up.

p.s. When you go see the movie stay until the end of the credits for a nice surprise.

Re:I saw it (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284864)

>I think it is hands down the best Marvel based movie I have seen.

Isnt that like saying "Whoa, that's a pretty tall midget."

The best indicator of my enjoyment of a film... (4, Insightful)

nodrogluap (165820) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284290)

I usually trust Rotten Tomatoes, they haven't let me down so far, and Iron man is "Fresh" [rottentomatoes.com]. Of course, there may be false negatives, but I haven't encountered any false positives in the last few years.

Re:The best indicator of my enjoyment of a film... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284480)

Rotten Tomatoes has 57% for Transformers. wtf mate?

Re:The best indicator of my enjoyment of a film... (1)

gobbo (567674) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284826)

Rotten Tomatoes has 57% for Transformers. wtf mate?
You're right, that's generous for that excremental piece of eyecandy brainfluff.

Re:The best indicator of my enjoyment of a film... (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284946)

Good special effects does not a good movie make, and Transformers was evidence of that. It was average at best.

Huh? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284300)

We heard this story the other day but probably with a better description and little less subliminal complaining.

What is up with making the reference to the anti-U.S. remark.
Give me a review of the movie and not the product placement or more bias against the U.S. around here, the whole thing is about the strong suit what are you smoking.

I think most of these comic book movies are great because it bring to life what we all used to watch on cartoons/comic books/trading cards as kids with all the X-Men series, which got past all the other cheesy comic book heroes in the past and stepped up the story line.

"Phenomenal.... Awesome....." Ok there Jim Rome

Anyways since I know the people around here don't support Hollywood, MPAA and are all about Indie films since they seem to be the best films produced.
Here is a link for some of you clones so you don't have to 'pay the man' and be seen as having a weak spine.
http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4168579/Iron_Man_2008_(SUBBED)_cam_READ_NFO_DivX-KingBen [thepiratebay.org]

Re:Huh? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284718)

This was just a journal entry of mine that got promoted to the front page. Surprised me - but anyway it is not a review. Just me making a post that would be read by my friends.
 
I didn't make any anti-US remark. All I'm saying is that they try to be anti-war without being anti-military and it was interesting to watch them walk that line. If you think that there was not intentional writing to bring up the issue you haven't seen the film. It is not just about the suit. And I don't smoke anything.
 
I don't know who Jim Rome is - but I talk that way. I figure it this way - you are an ass and my vocabulary may not be the best when I write journals on slashdot. I know I'm glad I fall into that category as opposed to yours.

Re:Huh? (1)

gobbo (567674) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284858)

Don't sweat it stoolpigeon, the AC is barely literate, and has trouble both reading your post and writing coherently. I liked your observation about the film's attempt at a military vs. war dialectic, some reviewers missed it.

Re:Huh? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284932)

Thanks - you can read a good review by a well-known, top notch scientist and slashdot reader right here [slashdot.org]. Has some nice comments from a unique (to me anyway) perspective.

tripe... (2, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284302)

So this is the third slashvertisment for this movie in a week. Obviously the marketing department of this movie is running scared. They're trying to make sure enough people get to see it before the reviewers get to them.

I've no idea if the movie is good or not, but this level of marketing push suggests -- very strongly -- that they've a potential turkey on their hands.

Oh, and can this please be the very last time this movie is advertised here.

Re:tripe... (1)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284320)

Umm, yeah, it's just so obvious the movie must suck since it keeps showing up here. Does all of your logic come from substance abuse?

Re:tripe... (1)

Renaissance 2K (773059) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284386)

So this is the third slashvertisment for this movie in a week. Obviously the marketing department of this movie is running scared. They're trying to make sure enough people get to see it before the reviewers get to them.

The 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes finds your theory silly.

Re:tripe... (1)

Mix+Master+Nixon (1018716) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284388)

I want to see this, and I have heard very little to suggest that it's anything other than quite good. Robert Downey, Jr. is, to my mind, flawless casting for the role.

Having said that, fuck off with the slashvertizing. If I wanted to read Aint It Cool News, I'd read Aint It Cool News. And I don't want to.

Re:tripe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284390)

Many of us find this interesting. A lot of us are big comic book fans. Do you speak for all of us?

For the record, I don't work in the industry, just got back from seeing it and quite liked it.

Not really based on real world physics :) But hey, you can't have everything.

Re:tripe... (1)

robertss (1280122) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284410)

Just watched it. I don't think the marketing department has much to worry about. The film was incredible. Seriously one of the best movies I've seen and easily the best comic-book movie ever released. Rotten Tomatoes backs it up: 94% fresh.

Re:tripe... (1)

Kierthos (225954) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284686)

Well, let's be fair here.... saying it's the best comic-book movie isn't a far stretch when you look at the stinkers of Catwoman, Elektra, Daredevil (yes, it sucked), the Ang Lee Incredible Hulk (Sorry, Ang, but you did an awesome Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but a lousy Hulk movie), the third X-Men movie (the first two were alright), the last Blade movie.... really, the only competition Iron Man has for "best comic-book movie" should be the Spider-Man movies, and I have yet to see #3, so I can't judge that one.

Re:tripe... (2, Insightful)

0123456789 (467085) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284796)

I think you're being a bit quick to judge, there. There are plenty of good films that started out as comic books. Off the top of my head, there's Batman Begins, History of Violence, Sin City, V for Vendetta... And that's ignoring Japanese cinema (Akira, Ghost in the Shell are both really good films).

Re:tripe... (1)

Mex (191941) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284506)

Ugh, are you serious? There's been a ton of reviews since day 0 and they are overwhelmingly positive.

I saw it and it does deserve the current 94%+ rating on rottentomatoes.

It's not a "Turkey", it's pretty entertaining. I'd even call it "good".

But yeah, keep on hatin' from your basement.

Re:tripe... (5, Insightful)

chromatic (9471) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284522)

So this is the third slashvertisment for this movie in a week.

Yeah, how dare the founder of this site post things that interest him? I'm as incensed as you are that not every article posted here in the past decade has amused me sufficiently, for free.

Re:tripe... (2, Insightful)

phuul (997836) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284534)

Well since the reviews of this movie have been out for days and that most of them have been very positive I don't think they have any fear of the reviewers getting to them. They are more likely hoping that "the reviewers get to them" as well as anyone who has seen the movie. I've read very few overall negative comments on the movie from fans and the average joe.

The other problem I have with you comment is that it's in response to someone's short review of the film. It's not an ad but a person saying that the movie had some weaknesses but overall it was a good time. Something that I think that many, if not most, of the people reading slashdot just might be interested in. In addition, your opinion might also carry a bit more weight if you had actually seen the movie and confirmed it as "tripe..."

Re:tripe... (2, Insightful)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284584)

Yeah, it must be horrible because everyone has been talking about it for weeks and 99% of the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.

If anyone involved with the film is running scared, it's the folks dragging the huge bags of cash from the theaters to the bank.

FWIW, I saw it last night and thought it was easily one of the best comic book movies ever made. As good as, say, Batman Begins, but much more FUN to watch and less theatrical and dramatic. RDJr was PERFECT as Tony Stark, and they wisely capitalized on that fact. Even most of the women I know who aren't into action films at all are interested in the movie because they like RDJr, and I don't think they'll be disappointed watching him clearly having a blast for two hours.

Re:tripe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284904)

Yeah, it must be horrible because sad comic book dweebs have been talking about it for weeks

Fixed that for you.

Re:tripe... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284596)

"Obviously the marketing department of this movie is running scared. They're trying to make sure enough people get to see it before the reviewers get to them."

I don't know who modded this as "insightful," but they should clearly be relieved of any further mod privileges. The movie has been screened repeatedly for all sorts of media outlets and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. Every reviewer alive has been given access to the final cut of the film and reviewers have "gotten to us" for weeks now. There's nothing even vaguely fucking insightful about this easily disproven post, and you should be ashamed for marking it so.

Reviews (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284330)

Salon.com [salon.com] – favorable, mostly on Robert Downey Jr.'s performance

Someone is a tad obsessed about Iron Man. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284352)

Don't forget to see Iron Man. If you do forget, Slashdot won't like you any more.

What??? (1)

slimjim8094 (941042) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284402)

Listen, the movie sounds interesting, at least.

But, come on - why is this a Slashdot story? This is the THIRD story about it - the first was the science of it, OK fine. The exoskeleton thing had nothing to do with Iron Man - it's been in development for years (I've seen videos before I ever heard of the movie).

And now this? Come on.... I'm not suggesting it's a horrible film, but what's the big deal? It's just a movie, ads on TV have been saying the same thing - the movie has been released, yes fine - but on Slashdot?

Or is one of the editors and astroturfer? *gasp*

Re:What??? (1)

gobbo (567674) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284924)

I'm not suggesting it's a horrible film, but what's the big deal? It's just a movie, ads on TV have been saying the same thing - the movie has been released, yes fine - but on Slashdot?
"News for Nerds." Movie character invents flying armour suit with rockets and lasers and AI. Movie doesn't suck. Comic book aficionados satisfied.

What's not to get? Your local daily newspaper has a whole section devoted to culture and arts.

Re:What??? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284956)

And now this? Come on.... I'm not suggesting it's a horrible film, but what's the big deal? It's just a movie, ads on TV have been saying the same thing - the movie has been released, yes fine - but on Slashdot?

Yeah, 'cause no tech website with a bunch of geeks and techies should ever show anything related to comic-books and the movies they generate -- that would be silly.

Seriously, has it not occurred to you that Slashdot is largely populated with the people who are the core demographic to go and see this movie, and we're all interested to see if it lives up to is?

Really, do you think Slashdot should have articles on how to wax your chest and pick up chicks? That's the job of Maxim and FHM. Around here, we cover the comic movies, things in orbit, and new versions of Ubuntu -- you know, News for Nerds.

If you don't like the movie, don't read the articles about it. Whining about the fact that everyone else wants to know about it serves no purpose. As a percentage, Slashdot probably has more comic fans than most other sites.

Cheers

If you had a doubt... (2, Interesting)

endlessoul (741131) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284416)

That this movie is good, then your doubts are misplaced.

There is nothing I did not like about this movie. The acting is great from all parties. The effects are, simply put, awesome. The product placement can be a little off-putting, but what placement isn't? (American cheeseburger. How quaint.)

I am willing to see it again. This has to be one of my favorite superhero movies of all time. Probably the mest movie yet in 2008.

Disappointed (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284460)

An anti-war movie. Gee, how thoroughly unoriginal. They should have used the early Iron Man comics as the basis for the movie. For example, this classic:

The Invincible Iron Man [zweg.com]


Re:Disappointed (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284886)

An anti-war movie. Gee, how thoroughly unoriginal. They should have used the early Iron Man comics as the basis for the movie. For example, this classic:
You're hilarious.
The original Iron Man was anti-Vietnam.
Then the story was updated to be anti-Gulf War.
Now it's anti-Gulf War 2.

If you find the anti-war message offensive, you're going to be sorely dissappointed by the majority of comic books. Of course, you're probably just be trolling with your "I shat my pance" picture.

I was never really into comic books (1)

zakezuke (229119) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284508)

I never was really into comic books - so I have no knowledge or concerns as it relates to following the original story line.
As much as I'm sure there were excellent stories in comic books... I can't say I was all that into comic books my self. You had to get it monthly or else be dropped out of the story line. I discovered decent comic book stores later on and it was at least possible to pickup "some" older issues, but you had to get there. If you lived in a major city not an issue, but if you lived in a smaller town... forget about it.

I think there was an option to mail order comics but... but dollar per page was rather high, and story per month was pretty low.

Regardless... I found the format to be a huge hassle.

Iron Man? (2, Interesting)

thesandtiger (819476) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284532)

More like, TOTALLY FREAKIN' AWESOME, MAN!

I'm a comics fangirl, but never have I been much into Iron Man - generally speaking, I could just never get into the character. However, I do like the Ultimates version of Iron Man and had been hoping that the movie version was more like that and I was not disappointed. Robert Downey, Jr. did a fantastic job. This is easily the best Marvel comic movie that's been put out and is at or near the quality of Batman Begins. Or, this movie is as good as "Fantastic Four 2: What the FUCK were they THINKING?" was bad.

I saw it at 2:30 yesterday, digital theater with stadium seating - the place was packed. The audience was a pretty good mix of various groups, and it seemed like everyone really enjoyed the film. 90% of them took off before the end of the credits, though and missed a scene that personally I thought was great, but I could see how someone less knowledgeable of comic lore might not really care about.

I won't offer any spoilers, save to say that there were numerous little bits that show the direction the (obvious) sequels will follow, and I am completely psyched for those.

Also, the trailers were like a never-ending stream of awesome. Dark Knight, Hulk and Indiana Jones, it's going to be a FANTASTIC movie season for me.

Iron Man Review (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284540)

interesting review of it from an advanced preview over at http://www.fluxbox.co.uk/2008/05/02/iron-man-a-review/

It's a mediocre movie (0, Flamebait)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284576)

It's a serviceable, but mediocre superhero movie. Worse than any of the Batman or Spiderman franchises. Worse than the second Fantastic 4 movie. On a par, maybe, with "Supergirl". It's better than the other comic book derivative with Howard Hughes, "The Rocketeer", but that's not saying much.

Marvel Studios isn't the next Pixar. More like the next DisneyToons, the "Crap Sequel Division" of Disney (Cinderella III, Bambi II, Brother Bear 2, The Lion King 1½, The Lion King 2, Lady and the Tramp 2) working to milk the last possible dollar out of each franchise.

Stay home and play through GTA IV. Wait for "Speed Racer" next week.

GREAT movie, but Paltrow doesn't work... (1)

javabandit (464204) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284612)

I have to say it was very good. Robert Downey Junior is simply an unbelievable character actor. He played the role flawlessly. He plays the main character with exactly the same personality portrayed in the comic.

A previous poster said this was the best Marvel-based comic movie ever. I will say this certainly at least as good as Spiderman I.

But where this movie (and other Marvel-based movies) has an issue is getting actresses who can play the female counterpart roles. Kirsten Dunst was GREAT in Spiderman. Gwyneth Paltrow is pretty bad in this movie -- she's a horrible character actor. Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges -- fantastic.

As great as Iron Man is, I look forward to the new Incredible Hulk. I really want to see what Edward Norton (one of the greatest character actors of this generation) does with Bruce Banner.

Corrected it for you (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284734)

Kirsten Dunst 's tits were GREAT in Spiderman.
There I corrected that for you.

Need more heroes like Iron Man (1)

slashgrim (1247284) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284642)

Iron Man has always been one of my favorites because he's self-made. We have too many heroes that become heroes through some dues ex machina-style event. Tony Stark worked hard and accomplished much.

(No I didn't forget Batman. Just that Iron Man's armor is much cooler than the bat-suit, imho.)

Not critical of the US military?? (1)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284654)

It was interesting to see how they tried to set up an anti-war message without being critical of the US military.
I had a different impression. Stark Industries is a large contractor to the US military, which in turn lost and/or sold some of its arsenal to militant groups (as seen in the movie).

Stark then witnesses the horrendous effects of his life-long project and announces that he wants out of the business. His wish to dismantle all factories that provide the US with state of the art weaponry is obviously as clear as a message can get.

Re:Not critical of the US military?? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284792)

I think they did a lot of work to show that Bridge's character was the evil bad guy and that if it weren't for him, everything was good.
 
It made an interesting tension as Stark basically said they would halt all production until he could figure out a better way to do business. It looked like Stark wanted to start supplying cheap power to people but the 'system' was against him.
 
The only military portrayed is the US military and they are never shown to be doing anything wrong. I personally served in the military and was glad to see it myself.

Mr Lee (1)

Leo Sasquatch (977162) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284670)

I wonder how Stan Lee feels about this stuff. Used to be that comic books were special places - the only places you could see this sort of thing. Until very recently, if you wanted to see transforming aliens, or 250 giant horribly be-weaponed Shi'ar battlecruisers, the pages of a comic book were the only place you could see it and have it not look like shit. You want to see the Kree-Skrull war, you need either $1M per minute CGI, or Neal Adams and a pencil. I stopped reading comics some time ago, not just because of the expense, but because it felt like the one thing they could do that no other medium could do had been superseded.

Does Stan Lee have a cameo in Iron Man? I don't mind if he does, because without him and a couple of other guys, none of this would be happening. He could have a 5-minute spot to cha-cha across the screen in a pink tutu singing the 'This Is My Cameo' song, and I wouldn't begrudge him the time.

jarred out? (1)

MerrickStar (981213) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284696)

I haven't seen it, so I can't speak to this film's product placement in particular, but I never got the sentiment of feeling forced out of the movie by product placement.

Do you feel out of place in real life when you see a can of Pepsi? How about an ad?

Now if the movie halts for a character to address the audience regarding the ad, that's different, but that's not product placement, that's blatant advertising. If it's just a matter of saying or having something though... people talk about their ipod, iphone, netflix, etc. all the time.

If anything, it always seemed more jarring to me to see a can of "Soda" or "Smeat" than anything else.

Re:jarred out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284806)

In this film it was entirely unobtrusive. A slightly higher than usual incidence of Audi cars; but their logo had maybe 10 seconds screen time. As far as Burger King, if they paid for placement they got rooked - you can only recognize the tiny logo (1-2 seconds on screen) if you know what to look for.

Heh. If I'D just escaped from months of captivity and wanted a hamburger, I think I'd get a GOOD one. Do billionaires really eat at BK?

Yet another Hollywood shit I won't bother watching (1)

Petkov (1011081) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284754)

Wake up, sheep! All you are doing is making those Hollywood types richer!

Re:Yet another Hollywood shit I won't bother watch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#23284822)

Oh, shut the fuck up. The elitist dickbag thread has already started way up there.

Most of you have not seen it (2, Interesting)

kipman725 (1248126) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284798)

Well I just got back from Iron man and have to say while it's clearly not the best film I have ever seen it was well worth seeing it and it managed to portray the US armed forces without the usual silliness. Also unlike some films it all made sense at the end (leaving a film unffinished is so old). From the entery of bladey you could pretty much see the exact story. I particualrly liked the very ended as it was not the expected romantic thing that seems so sterotypical. tl;dr see this film if you are going to see a film

The Iron Man movie is Great: Review + Feedback (3, Interesting)

PurplePhase (240281) | more than 5 years ago | (#23284838)

Review

I personally loved the flick. It starts out with some action, gives a backstory, struggles with who he is/was when he finds he is vulnerable and cares, struggles with his business and technology, and they include a touch of romance, several bits of comedy, a nice soundtrack, and a few fights to round out a great movie.

Favre did good.

But hey, I like movies, I used to subscribe to comic books (Iron Man was my first), and I've been enough of an Iron Man fan that even though I stopped subscribing many years ago, I got the PDF product of Iron Man through 2006. I don't generally like Robert Downey Jr, and his characters have varied significantly in his career, but I enjoyed having him as Stark. But I also like the portrayal of inventors and technology and the flow of this movie with it's pacing.

There are of course several "movie inconsistencies", only a couple hints at how much time has passed, some logic problems (in my mind), and people who need the movie to be just like the comics will be ornery about the juxtapositions. I personally disliked Stark's disregard for secrecy - it seems out of comic-book character, even though it is in line for the movie's Stark's character. But it is a very cool movie and I also was surprised when I found it was about 2 hours long.

And yes, there is a scene if you stay past the credits, though not really a surprise. Except for the actor.

Feedback

Anti-war movie? Wow, Stark's ability to care about what his company's weapons are used for seems out of reach for some slashdotters. It comes straight from the books 10 and 20 years ago. This is nothing new, though you may be upset that someone takes a political stance when you wanted to see more things blowed up.

Mediocre movie? Many people consider it to be better than any previously made superhero movie, though other comic book movies may be better (I still like Hellboy). Too broad a generalization to refute directly, I'll say that this movie has actual pacing in the story arc, the comedy is appropriate to the situations (though I can see how some would consider parts manufactured, it is so much more natural than most anything from Batman or other Marvel movies), there is more to the movie than characters moving between action sequences (do people dislike the inventing/refining process?)

McGuffins: It is an imperfect movie, but I think it has half the times of poor logic within the writing that the nearest comic adaptation has, but about the same number of mcguffins (unexplained tech, mis-matched time sequences, etc.)

Gweneth Paltrow: She works well as Pepper Potts (she is a good actress!), actually really well as an assistant with a heart. Though "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" flashed before my eyes in one of the later sequences. And from the ads I'd originally guessed she would be Bethany Cabe, though maybe they're saving Angelina Jolie for that.

Mish-mash: The movie is quite a mish-mash of the Iron Man lore, some things better, some worse in my opinion. But it stayed true to who Iron Man is and made a great movie to boot!
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