I used to love going to the movies. There really was that “magic” that so many people used to talk about, be it movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or or any number of movies big and small. I’d be there with my family and just take in the exhilarating feeling of jumping into another exciting adventure for a couple of hours (particularly in the summer where I felt a huge freedom from the daily school grind). But within the last 5-7 years it seems that I’ve just lost an awful lot of interest in packing up family & friends and going to the theater to see a flick. Now, it could have something to do with that $60+ price tag but even with that ridiculous price I think that it’s something more than that. With a few notable exceptions there just haven’t been too many releases within the past several years that I couldn’t wait just to see on DVD later, and it’s a rare moment when I feel that old “magic” again. A few exceptions have been the fantastic Disney-Pixar films, the Spider-Man franchise and a few of the other super-hero movies, etc. (and lest ye forget, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is right around the corner).
Which brings me to the release of Iron Man later this Spring.
Obviously I haven’t seen it yet, and I should probably contain my enthusiasm a little more given that I have little to no idea what’s in store, but after seeing the original trailer several months ago I was already ready and willing to enthusiastically lay down the money on the counter so that I could be one of the first to see it. Like The Rocketeer before it, believing that a man can fly is a theme that always strikes a chord with me and it about blew me away when in that trailer we see Iron Man take off into the skies leaving a sonic boom in his wake. Not all that different from the feeling I always get at the local air shows when, say, The Thunderbirds fly by at the speed of sound save for the pride in my country I can’t help but reflect on. The Iron Man suit[s] look amazing and actually exceed the visual that I was able to come up with in my head. Simply put, seeing the character come to life like that is going to be awesome. Couple that with the fact that I’ve always enjoyed the character in the comics immensely when he’s handled with some measure of care and respect by the creative teams involved and it’s a no-brainer I want to see this as badly. Like more than a few of you, I was fortunate enough to have grown up with the character during the great Michilinie/Layton years and if this movie can capture even a part of what made those comics as exciting, then it’ll be well worth the cost of an evening at the movies (and speaking of their run, if you enjoyed it, keep their upcoming Iron Man/Dr. Doom mini-series in mind!)
I should say that super-heroes really have done their part to bring some of that “magic” back to movie making in the past several years and it appears that Iron Man is well on its way to becoming a bona-fide hit in its own right if indeed the “buzz” I sense surrounding the movie is any indication of how it will perform at the box office. Really looking forward to this. As for the image from Iron Man #256 below — it’s long been one of my favorite Iron Man pieces. As is the chilling story by Layton and JRjr inside. Highly recommend it if you can track it down somewhere!