Iron Man - Family Movie?

Well last night after work I met J and Drew at the theater. There was a mix of people in the theater. There were families, older people, couples and a lot of "boys".. You know the 19 year olds that have been reading the comic books their entire life.

As an FYI I didn't have any background information on Ironman going into the movie. I knew he was a Marvel superhero and that was about it.

My opinion was that it was a great movie.. not Oscar quality by any means but it could hold it's ground next to Spiderman. Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrance Howard were a great supporting cast. Robert Downey Jr was funny as well as a believable character. Ironman for dummies : Tony Stark is the brilliant son who took over his father's business, Stark Industries. Stark manufactures weapons..They are the #1 government contractor. Paltrow is his assistant who does everything for him, Bridges is his partner, and was his dad's partner as well. Howard plays Tony's very good friend who is in the armed forces in charge of weapons development.

Tony gets captured by evil arms dealers in the middle east who want him to build them the latest and greatest weapon....he pretends to agree to their demands yet instead creates a iron suite that will help him escape.

The movie is a bit anti-gun yet it doesn't shove it in your face. As I mentioned I really enjoyed it as well as J and Drew.

Warning: Drew said that it was really good but the first part was not OK for kids, but it starts off the story (meaning you can't really just show up late).
Drew didn't elaborate on what he means but I can tell you that there is some violence...kind of realistic war stuff...soldiers that are real people end up getting attacked, and may or may not be killed. It was a battle scene more like Saving Private Ryan than a Marvel movie.
Then there are the scenes where Tony Stark is a bit of a "pig"....you don't see naked people or anything but you kind of know what was happening. Cutting that could have brought this from a PG13 to PG. I think there is one cuss word..at least that I can recall..I think it was shit.

All in all, I wouldn't suggest bringing children under Drew's age.. 2nd grade or older... it's a shame they are merchandising all the Ironman stuff all over Target.. So your 5 year old can have the Ironman figure but can't go to the movie. I guess they figure they would lose viewers if they made it PG..I don't know.

If you can wait..stay until the end...that means you have to wait through 5 minutes of credits. It's not AWESOME.....but I'm glad we waited!
Of course I told the 19 year old boys next to it that I heard on twitter we have to stay..and I may as well of said that Robert Downey Jr told me to stay..they sat.


Bri said...

No, I was not wearing the white sunglasses! lol

Thanks for the review, I'm going to squeeze in time to see it tomorrow!

Tara R. said...

My 19yo saw the movie last night. She really liked it too. I want to see it, maybe I can get Hubs to go on a date.

Backpacking Dad said...

I can't wait to see it now.

Heather said...

I just saw it on Friday, and I can't wait to see it again already!=D

Ree said...

24 and Shortman (24 y.o., 16 y.o.) saw it last night, too. Both were non-committal. Mr. Hot and I will go one of these days - alone. On a weekday ;-)

dawn224 said...

I'll see it on PPV - cuz I need Robert Downey Jr all alone :)

Grandy said...

Ok...having comment issues.

Now I know we have to go see it. Thanks for the recap!! :)

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I can't called it a 'family' movie. Just a great film, agree with that, but NOT for family watching