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Would someone please tell James Bowman to lighten up?
Iron Man is fun, entertaining, action-packed, and very well acted. In short, it’s great movie, even for folks who aren’t fans of the comic or of comic-book movies in general. As I am both, I feel qualified to offer an unequivocal “thumbs-up” to Marvel Entertainment, Jon Favreau, and Robert Downey Jr., who was the perfect choice to portray the brilliant yet deeply flawed Tony Stark (who was himself based on Howard Hughes).
Is it a perfect movie? No. Does the plot have a few holes? Of course! Is the pacifism angle a tad too “Code Pink”? Maybe. But then again, let’s not forget that Stark, as IRONMAN, does spend a great deal of time in this film delivering a major beat-down to Muslim terrorists! When was the last time that Hollywood “dared” to do that, Mr. Bowman?p>In short, perhaps Mr. Bowman should stick to reviewing small, art-house type flicks, the kind that film critics drool over, but that induce somnolence in the rest of us. When I spend upwards of $40 to go to the movies, I don’t want to be lectured to, sermonized, or exposed to some obscure Finnish director’s angst and emotional pain. I want to be entertained. And Iron Man delivers. br> — Gavin Valle br> Peapack, New Jersey /p>
For Gosh’s sakes this is a movie about a Marvel Comics hero, not some treatise on politics people! Why is it that conservative movie reviewers cannot simply tell us if a movie is good or bad, but have an irresistible urge to delve into the politics of the movie? Especially when the movie isn’t about politics! I saw the same thing happen with X 3: The Last Stand when a conservative reviewer went on a rant about the supposed pushing of the gay agenda because of the way the character of Angel looked; since he was a somewhat effeminate teenaged male, that was taken as a sign that the “gay agenda” was being pushed. And here we have a reviewer ranting about the politics of Iron Man because of a couple of little lines that he disagrees with. As much as we conservatives accuse liberals of politicizing everything, we sure aren’t innocent of it ourselves.
Look, this is a summer movie that is aimed at tweens, teens, young adults, and those like me who loved comics as a kid and always wanted to see what the characters I loved would look like on the silver screen. It is why I took my son to see the all the recent comic-based films, and probably Iron Man as well. The movies are supposed to be fun, they are supposed to be a couple of hours where we get to suspend out disbelief and put the worries of real life out of our heads. And as much as the reviewer wants to go on and on about political messages in a Marvel Comics movie, I just have one question:p>Was the movie any good? br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online