That's right, if you heard our show on Saturday night you heard us gush on and on about how much we loved Iron Man (of course having Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr. unexpectedly stop by the theater to introduce the movie didn't hurt our feelings about it)! And to all those of you that kept saying it would only earn $70 million because no one cares about Iron Man, well it looks like we were absolutely right for mocking you (ha ha ha ha)! Over $100 million domestic and $200 million worldwide gross? That's right skeptics, put that in your pipe and smoke it!
As far as I am concerned Iron Man is a great movie first and foremost and a superhero movie second. It couldn't have been cast more perfectly, I was even pleased with Gwenyth Paltrow's performance as Pepper Potts. The thing that disappointed me most about Iron Man is that I have to wait for a sequel.
For all you fanboys, you should be quite pleased that the story and characters truly mesh with the comic book lore and it is quite apparent that Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr. had real care for & connection to the comic and in Robert's case the character of Tony Stark.
I must say I was especially impressed with the CGI/Motion Capture. I have never seen flying look so real. I don't think it takes much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that there was a man in the Iron Man suit and he was actually flying, in fact I would go so far as to say I have never seen flying in a movie look so good.
Congratulations to Marvel on their first indepenently financed feature! You have proven that sticking with the comics is the way to go! Big studios take note, this is how you do a comic book adaptation (or any adaptation for that matter). If you think a story is good enough to make a movie from then you must follow Iron Man's lead and stay true to it.
If you haven't seen the movie yet stick around all the way through the credits (it won't hurt you to wait in your seat a few minutes) for a spectacular final scene with a great cameo.
This is definitely a movie worth seeing in the theater (I plan to see it multple times).