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"Iron Man" = The Best Movie I have seen in awhile

Last night, my wife and I had a "date night" (which is really just married couple talk for "no children with us for a couple of hours").  We went to the Alamo Drafthouse on Sixth Street to see "Iron Man". 

I must admit that I was worried that I might not like it as much as some of my friends who had already raved to me about it.  However, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.  We are actually thinking of seeing it again this weekend, and that is indeed a rarity for me.  I can't remember the last time that I saw a movie twice in the theaters, but I was probably in college or even high school.  We will probably take my son, and my mother-in-law has also expressed interest in seeing it. 

The cross-generational appeal is understandable.  My wife and I jokingly discussed the movie on the way home last night, stating that we would only recommend this film to those who enjoy good acting, comedy, action, and coolness (not really a word probably). 

This film is the biggest summer blockbuster to hit in the past several years, and with good reason.  Robert Downey, Jr. is perfectly cast in the lead role, Tony Stark, the super-wealthy heir to a high-tech weapons empire.  He creates the first Iron Man armor suit out of necessity, but I won't divulge any spoilers here in this post/review.  I had forgotten that he was nominated for his role in "Chaplin" a few years back, but his acting skills are on fine display here. 

Gwyneth Paltrow was lovely as Stark's sexy assistant, Pepper Potts.  The chemistry between Paltrow and Downey was palpable, and they both have a great sense of comic timing.  Jeff Bridges was imposing and somewhat scary with a shaved head and gigantic beard in the role of Obadiah Stane.

The cool factor for the technology and special effects in this film cannot be overstated.  Simply put, it was some of the most amazing stuff that I have ever experienced as a movie-goer. 

Don't miss this movie while it is still in theaters, or you may kick yourself later.  You will not be disappointed.  In my mind, Iron Man has replaced Batman and Spiderman as the coolest superhero around. 


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