I’ve been up for almost twenty hours now and have to be at work early tomorrow (technically this) morning, so I’ll make this review short and sweet.
Me and the wife made like a cigarette truck and hauled our butts up to the Diamond State Drive-In Theater, Delaware’s only drive-in (www.dsdit.com) to see a double feature of Iron Man and The Forbidden Kingdom.
Since Marvel Comics got tired of the big studios messing up their potentially lucrative superhero properties, starting with Iron Man, they’re doing it all by themselves now. First time up to the plate, they knock it out of the park.
The alcoholic, womanizing industrial billionaire and high tech weapons manufacturer Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) gets kidnapped in
We’re talking the cinematic equivalent of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, here.
In fact, this movie features some of the finest scenes of men dressed in robotic suits kicking the crap out of each other since Robocop 2. (And if you all know me, you know of my unhealthy love for Robocop 2, which means that last sentence is nothing short of the highest praise I can give by law.)
Iron Man is an origin story so there’s going to be more story than action, but that’s okay cuz I’m kind of a sucker for origin stories. But if you want action, Stark’s escape from
Director Jon Favreau (who also has a small role) does an excellent job blending the effects with the human element of the story and gets some truly great performances from his actors.
As far as comic book movies go, it’s not quite up to par with say, The Shadow, but it’s still much better than most of the stuff Marvel has been making lately and good enough for it to fly straight to Number 2 on The Video Vacuum Top Ten of 2008, right below Rambo and just above Shine a Light.
After Iron Man was over, The Forbidden Kingdom was up next and even though I already reviewed it a while back, I’ll hit the highlights again:
Jackie Chan fights Jet Li. You want more reasons to see this flick? How about Jet Li pissing in Jackie Chan’s face? You’re sold now I bet aren’t you? How about Jackie Chan doing some of the best drunken boxing since The Legend of Drunken Master? Have you got your tickets yet? Do the words Best Kung Fu Movie of 2008 mean anything to you? What if I told you that The Forbidden Kingdom is also the odds on favorite to win the coveted Video Vacuum Award for Best Screenplay for having Jackie Chan say the immortal line, “Crouching Tiger, Spanking Monkey!” If you couldn’t figure it out by now, I’m talking about *** ½ and a rock steady Number 5 spot on the Top Ten.
Do yourself a favor and take someone you love to the drive-in tonight.