Saturday, October 04, 2008

Tropic Thunder & Iron Man, or Why Robert Downey Jr. is my secret boyfriend

I'm not a comic book reader, so I neither know, nor care, when a comic book becomes a movie and then doesn't stay true to the cannon that has been 20 years of history...blah blah blah. It's a movie now, get over it.

However, we just bought the Iron Man DVD with the extra disc full of special features, and this is one DVD that actually gives you an entire disc of special features. It is amazing.

Of course, we liked the movie enough to buy the DVD regardless. My husband Scott was quite worried that Robert Downey Jr. was "all wrong" for Iron Man, that he could never be Iron Man, blah blah blah, see earlier references to blahs above.

Then we saw it. I think Scott developed a man-crush on Robert Downey Jr. during the movie. Apparently it was more than Scott ever could have wished for.

And the movie was fun. It was a good movie.

I highly recommend picking up the DVD with all the extras because you will see so many cool behind the sceens things about making the suit, flying, and seeing Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau doing their thing and I have to say if you never knew a thing about either of them, or didn't worship them before, you will after you watch it. Either that or you are a complete moron - because these are people who live for their craft - and it is an amazing thing to see people who are so passionate about what they do.

Tropic Thunder... where to begin...
When the previews came out I thought, "this has so much potential and will probably be an epic failure" - so I delayed seeing it. But the opening weekend brought amazing reviews, and the commercials were just too funny... I couldn't resist.

So much has been written about this movie so I won't go into detail and rehash it. I will say this: I laughed all the way back to the car.

Perhaps you didn't quite understand.

We sat through the entire credits, and I was still laughing.

I went to the ladies room, and laughed while I peed. This is both difficult and uncomfortable, I do not recommend it.

I laughed all the way to the car.

All. The. Way. To. The. Car.

We're talking a good 10 minutes for credits, bathroom, and parking lot and I was still laughing.

When I told my mother how funny it was she went to see it. Now she didn't laugh as much as I did, but she did agree that it was "silly" and most importantly, she agreed that Robert Downey Jr. owned that movie.

I cannot think of a time when I have seen him on screen and thought, "he's just phoning it in" or "wow he sucks" or anything remotely negative about his performance. If anything, I find that he is always in danger of stealing the movie out from under everyone else.

If you haven't seen Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, or Chaplin, see it - hell, go back and rewatch them all. If you aren't in love with him by the time you've seen them, then you are brain dead.


Blogger Linda Koplovitz said...

Hi, this is your cousin Linda. Check out an older movie called "Home for the Holidays!" and watch Robert Downey Jr. steal the show again!! I agree with you. He's just brilliant. Don't forget his academy award movie, "Chaplan". (Life story of Charlie Chaplan."

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