Father & son

by Michael O. Allen on May 1, 2008

My 10-year-old wants to see this and, although it’s rated PG-13, I’m not only gonna let him, I’ll go with him if he’ll have me (I think he prefers to go with his friends).

The Washington Post wrote it up today:

Nerve Of Steel: To Pull Off the Making of ‘Iron Man’ Took Some Transformative Powers By John Anderson, Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, May 1, 2008

NEW YORK–Not all superheroes are created equal. Some have X-ray vision. Some are born to great wealth. Some are deemed worthy of two major Hollywood features in less than five years (the Hulk). And others are, well, Iron Man. He’s not Superman, he’s not Batman, he’s not even Spider-Man . . . “or Hulk or X-Men or Fantastic Four,” admits director Jon Favreau. “You could really go down the list till you get to Iron Man.”

Somewhere in the vicinity of the Mighty Thor, maybe?

“Yeah, that’s in the ballpark.”

And yet . . . and yet . . . “Iron Man,” Favreau’s armor-plated action-adventure epic (which arrives in theaters Friday), is perhaps the most anticipated feature of the ever-earlier summer movie season, a roboticized tent pole with more handicaps than a stakes race at Pimlico. The hero is obscure, the star is too old, the studio’s game plan is brand new and the director is anti-special effects (“anti-CGI, definitely”). Still, the sense is that the movie’s already a blockbuster, that success is a fait accompli.

“We’re in a kind of pre-victory lap,” jokes actor Robert Downey Jr., whose casting as “Iron Man’s” inventor/weapons manufacturer Tony Stark lit up the Internet when first announced. It is, on the surface, a long-shot casting call. But it’s also Downey’s insouciant charm and dry wit that will be the not-so-secret ingredients of any “Iron Man” windfall.

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