If you missed the Robert Downey superhero flick Iron Man at the theatres, now’s the time to make up for it.
You can now watch the movie on DVD, which has been out for about a fortnight in the U.S.
If you live in the U.S., you can rent the DVD from your neighborhood Blockbuster store or the online DVD rental service Netflix.
Outlandish and Fantastic
To borrow a phrase Robert Downey uses toward the end of the movie, Iron Man is both an outlandish and fantastic exercise.
Inspired by the comic book character, Iron Man is a film that rests on the twin pillars of compelling special effects and Robert Downey’s acting skills.
Both are in abundant supply in Iron Man, one of the biggest Hollywood grossers of 2008.
The special effects are eye-poppingly good as they ought to be in a movie of this genre.
For Indian movie-makers, who are still struggling to understand the basics of makeup (case in point – Kamal Haasan’s crap-show Dasavatharam), the snazzy gimmicks in Iron Man are a pipe dream – virtually impossible to replicate for at least five years.
Robert Downey is an accomplished actor, who excels in a variety of roles whether in a romantic role (Chances Are) or a superhero.
In Iron Man, Downey seems tailormade for the role of a brilliant designer and arms merchant.
While the special effects and Downey’s performance make up the fantastic aspects of Iron Man, the bizarre story constitutes the outlandish part of this movie.
Perhaps, outlandish elements are inherent in all superhero tales.
But to see Downey’s character build an Iron Man suit (in a cave in the Afghan mountains) that not only resists heavy artilleryÂ fire but also helps our hero to fly out of captivity is not merely to engage in suspension of disbelief but to embrace nonsense wholeheartedly.
Iron Man is worth a watch not merely for itself but also to understand the enormous hiatus between Hollywood and Bollywood when it comes to superhero movies.
Thieving Indian movie-makers who steal Hollywood stories with impunity will identify well with the following sentence from Iron Man’s villain Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) to Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man (Robert Downey):
Do you really think that just because you have a great idea, it belongs to you?
Iron Man has already grossed in excess of half a billion dollars since its debut on May 2, 2008.
Compared to Indian superhero garbage like Drona and Krrish, Iron Man is a masterpiece.