Iron Man is the Best-Reviewed Movie of 2008!

Summary

The Marvel icon's first foray onto the big screen is not only Certified Fresh and Rotten Tomatoes' best-reviewed film of the year so far -- it's also potentially one of the highest-rated superhero movies of all time. Back to Article

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AlbertBrodsky

AC Persons

Maybe now we can forgive Favreau for being part of the Daredevil travesty.

May 2 - 01:05 PM

AlbertBrodsky

AC Persons

Oh, and I really appreciate that the guy is a great actor who can keep his mug out of his own directed flicks, unlike a certain bad actor who can't keep himself out of his own movies. I'll give you a hint, his name rhymes with Pem Bright Hallaman.

May 2 - 01:07 PM

Bitfreak

Scott Gill

The wife and I just saw it, and it was very well done. She can't stand comic book movies, and she really enjoyed this. The eye candy was great, the story was clean and crisp, and there were some great lines. All of the actors were well cast and "fit" perfectly....nobody could have pulled this off better than Downey Jr. As comic book movies go, this is one of the best I've seen. It was very enjoyable, and I highly recommend it.

May 2 - 01:24 PM

steverodgers5

J Scott

" Did a lot more work go into Iron Man or Batman Begins than Incredibles?"

Yes, on both counts. It's live action. There's a limit to how much you do in a computer. And live action i.e With real stuntman risking their lives to create movie magic, will always look better and a hell of a lot more believable than a CGI cartoon! Sorry but real people potraying these charcters with real performances will always be more thrilling than a cartoon doing the same. I mean jeez, if it was adapted right, who here wouldn't prefer to see a live action 'Death of Superman' story to a mere cartoon of the same? Ditto, an Avengers, movie. Are you seriously trying to say that a live action movie of say, The Ultimates, wouldn't take more work to put convincingly on screen than a cartoon of the same?!?

More work yes, and that's why it's more thrilling seeing a Superhero MOVIE rather than an animated flick..Because it's that bit more real. But since we're dealing with fantastic subjects it will always require more work to convincingly potray that believably, than a 100% animated flick...

May 2 - 01:44 PM

Spiderbash

Tommy Thevenet

Werid and I thought it would be in the 70's

May 2 - 02:34 PM

minderbinder

anonymous anonymous

"Oh, and I really appreciate that the guy is a great actor who can keep his mug out of his own directed flicks, unlike a certain bad actor who can't keep himself out of his own movies. "

You do realize that Favreau IS in Iron Man? Just like he was in Elf?

And either Incredibles should be on top of that list, or it should be corrected to the "highest-rated LIVE ACTION superhero movies".

The notion that an animated film somehow isn't a movie is stupid. As is the notion that a live action film is more work (especially when the more labor intensive physical stuff is increasingly being done with CGI instead). Not to mention that in a movie that is well done, the real stunts are indistinguishable from FX.

May 2 - 02:53 PM

steverodgers5

J Scott

"The notion that an animated film somehow isn't a movie is stupid. As is the notion that a live action film is more work (especially when the more labor intensive physical stuff is increasingly being done with CGI instead)"

Read the interview with Iron Man's director on this very site:-

http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man/news/1724604/

Favreau's approach to what works in live action versus cgi is exactly the right one to have for this time of movie...

I also saw a television interview where he said that he realised this after viewing Daredevil and being able to constantly tell when cgi was lazily being used to depict daredevil's stunts rather than live action.

So why were the producers/director of Daredevil using CGI for those stunts? Oh yeah, beacuse it's infinitely easier to do so on a computer screen, than to recreate these types of full crew soots and all the preparation that it takes in real life.. Heck the daredevil behind the scenes dvd shows this by highlighting a scene that they tried to shoot involving a stuntman jumping at night from one building to another, but after several attempts decided it was taking too long, and presenting too much difficulties, and so rather than take another night of difficult night shooting on it gave up, and decided they'd do it later in cgi...

So what was that you said about it these live action films not being more work than cgi?...That that notion was stupid?...

One of the reasons Iron Man works, is that they don't take the easy route through cgi and instead went to the genius of Stan Winston to recreate as much of the Iron man & Iron Monger scenes in real life, rather than on a computer..Just like Spielberg did with Jurassic Park. A good director knows that the more you can do realistically, the more it'll hold up on screen, as cgi dates incredibly quickly, and bad work there can really hurt a film..But practical life size effects, always yield benefits in making the fantstic seem more real. And that's what we want from a superhero film. We want it to seem real..A comic book brought to life..That's why Iron Man works..

(Or to put it another way. There's an all CGI animated star wars film coming out. Do you honestly think that people are going to be as excited about this, as they would be would have been if it instead had been another live action Star wars Movie?...)

May 2 - 03:51 PM

CoUcH ToMaToE DoUgIe

Shawn Amoroso

Thanks, Jen, sorry if i got upset in my post but with all the

love for Batman Begins, spidey 1& 2, and of course, iron man... I was feeling

people are forgetting the first two superman movies. Thank you so much for

answering me and caring about my voice enough to amend the list. I am

grateful that my voice matters on such an important site. I really

appreciate it and keep up the best site on the 'net.

P.S. Jen, you, and the rest of the R.T. team, might need to amend that list

again in July when a certain movie about a dark knight premieres ;)

May 2 - 03:29 PM

steverodgers5

J Scott

"The notion that an animated film somehow isn't a movie is stupid. As is the notion that a live action film is more work (especially when the more labor intensive physical stuff is increasingly being done with CGI instead)"

Read the interview with Iron Man's director on this very site:-

http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_man/news/1724604/

Favreau's approach to what works in live action versus cgi is exactly the right one to have for this time of movie...

I also saw a television interview where he said that he realised this after viewing Daredevil and being able to constantly tell when cgi was lazily being used to depict daredevil's stunts rather than live action.

So why were the producers/director of Daredevil using CGI for those stunts? Oh yeah, beacuse it's infinitely easier to do so on a computer screen, than to recreate these types of full crew soots and all the preparation that it takes in real life.. Heck the daredevil behind the scenes dvd shows this by highlighting a scene that they tried to shoot involving a stuntman jumping at night from one building to another, but after several attempts decided it was taking too long, and presenting too much difficulties, and so rather than take another night of difficult night shooting on it gave up, and decided they'd do it later in cgi...

So what was that you said about it these live action films not being more work than cgi?...That that notion was stupid?...

One of the reasons Iron Man works, is that they don't take the easy route through cgi and instead went to the genius of Stan Winston to recreate as much of the Iron man & Iron Monger scenes in real life, rather than on a computer..Just like Spielberg did with Jurassic Park. A good director knows that the more you can do realistically, the more it'll hold up on screen, as cgi dates incredibly quickly, and bad work there can really hurt a film..But practical life size effects, always yield benefits in making the fantstic seem more real. And that's what we want from a superhero film. We want it to seem real..A comic book brought to life..That's why Iron Man works..

(Or to put it another way. There's an all CGI animated star wars film coming out. Do you honestly think that people are going to be as excited about this, as they would be would have been if it instead had been another live action Star wars Movie?...)

May 2 - 03:51 PM

sickofitall

b x

dont tell me what to do troll go to hell

May 2 - 04:14 PM

cufford

cufford cufford

Of course, "reviews" mean nothing. Some of the worst reviewed movies of all time have been the biggest box office hits, and vise-versa. All that matters is what the individual viewer thinks, not what someone else thinks, and no two viewers will have the same opinion. Movie reviews are the most meaningless subjective commentary of all time.

May 2 - 07:05 PM

Niki2008

niki #4535

Great chemistry between the actors. I was not too sure of the choice for tony stark (robert Downey) but he pulled it, he was amazing.

Product placement: Not too overwhelming,,,
*** Audi placement was good and made sens...loved the R8.( no sweeps?)
*** Buger king...nice and subtle reference
** Vtech...??? i hated that big logo....why would Tony use this when he had his house equiped with it's own AI?
*** LG Electronics... mostly phones and TV...not too bad...atleast they are giving the Iron Man phone away (GOLD) www.insidethesuit.com

May 2 - 08:00 PM

gamejediben

Ben Behzadpour

I just got back from seeing it. It was really well made. The casting was especially good. A great popcorn flick. But the truth is that on July 18, Iron Man will bow down before the Dark Knight. Nothing can possibly prepare you for Heath Ledger's final distubing performance as the Joker. Get ready to be scared...

HaHaahahahaHHHHAAaAahahahahaAhAHAHAAHaaaaaaaaaaAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!

May 2 - 09:41 PM

caboose388

Johnathon Lee

Just got back from the theater and I loved every minute of this movie. Downy Jr was perfect and the few corny lines were great. Lil slower and less action packed but i looked at it like Batman Begins, they're just building up the character and will really let loose in the sequel. The Dark Knight trailer was awesome, cant wait to see how batman holds up against iron man.Great way to start off the summer.

May 2 - 10:00 PM

mberko1

Mark Berkowitz

just saw this movie and my boner won't go down...no really though I think this was the best superhero movie ever because of the acting and the realness of everything. Can't wait to own it on blu-ray

May 2 - 11:45 PM

zeroNEGA

jed segovia

LOL, why didn't you??? My friends and I jumped out of our seats and clapped and screamed our hearts out in the cinema... though it helped that ALMOST EVERYONE LEFT DURING THE CREDITS!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! TAKE THAT, PEOPLE WHO NEVER LEARN!

But seriously dude, I'd never screamed or hollered as loud and as fantastically as during *that* scene.

May 3 - 02:56 AM

massigus

Massimiliano Gus

I have read some of the reviews and don't believe it deserves this high of a percentage. They mostly said it was a fun popcorn flick, unlike Spider-Man 2 which got incredible reviews for its soul. I am not going to close my mind completely until I see it, but I can't imagine this being a Spider-Man 2.

May 3 - 11:50 AM

massigus

Massimiliano Gus

I have read some of the reviews and don't believe it deserves this high of a percentage. They mostly said it was a fun popcorn flick, unlike Spider-Man 2 which got incredible reviews for its soul. I am not going to close my mind completely until I see it, but I can't imagine this being a Spider-Man 2. I think the Dark Knight will kick Iron Man's ***.

May 3 - 11:51 AM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

I love the Incredibles but are you crazy saying it is an original concept? It is a complete rip off of the Fantastic Four and other superhero comics for that matter. Do not get me wrong it is a great rip off and much better than the real Fantastic Four screen adapation but a rip off none the less.

May 3 - 01:58 PM

wsmjdunk

jordan jenks

Iron Man might be the best Marvel comic-based movie yet. Spider-Man 2 is pretty close, but the release of Spider-Man 3 made 2 worse. The few reasons why Iron Man might be better than SM2 are: a lack of cheesiness, a lack of melodrama, and the presence of actual villians. Iron Man is much more believable, and the acting is much better than any other Marvel movie. Go ahead and wine about how SM2 is the best super hero movie just how the characters wine about how their lives are so bad and tough. I'll wine about how they killed more than one awesome comic book character. Make Mine Iron Man!

May 3 - 02:16 PM

wsmjdunk

jordan jenks

Oh and who wasn't stoked for War Machine and the Avengers?

May 3 - 02:17 PM

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