It's been a while since I really gave a movie review ...
I went to see this movie opening night and I have to say that it's the best super hero comic adaptation to come out since the first Spiderman - which was the best since the first Tim Burton Batman. Maybe these kind of things only come every ten or so years. You really can see that a role such as this was made for Robert Downey Jr. and it's sad to see that he never latched on to such a role sooner.
I had never read any of the Iron Man comics and didn't know much about him before seeing the movie. Seeing the "beginnings" was certainly helpful to understanding who Iron Man is and entertaining - but do all of these "make the suit" and get hurt ten times trying out your powers" stories all have to be the same? Again, the Iron Man suit is very cool and it's fun to watch Downey's expressions and acting in the fumbling of learning his powers ... it just seemed a little "formulaic".
If you like comic book/super hero movies, you'll love this movie - if you don't go see it - it will definitely be worth an iTunes Movie Store buy or rental.
I had prepared some cheeky bad reviews to write for Iron Man:
"Downey puts the heroine in this hero movie!"
"What a downer!"
And briefly ...
I did't go see it and obviously everyone felt the same this past weekend for the opener as it only earned $20 million (compared to Iron Man's 2nd week of $50 million). It looks like it would be a good television mini series ... but nothing made me want to go see this movie. The Wachowski Brothers who directed Speed Racer have disappointed me too many times and just proven that The Matrix was just a fluke.
I wanted to give a short review and quick commentary about the movie EXPELLED:
The official title for this documentary is Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and is hosted by actor Ben Stein. The documentary covers the topic of "Intelligent Design" - the theory that the final/ultimate answer could be a "founder or designer of the universe". Notice that this definition does NOT contain the word "creationism" or "creator" or "God". Many negative reviews for this movie are saying that it's about creationism - when in fact; it's not. One point the movie tries to make is that if teaching or studying "Intelligent Design" is creationism or leads to creationism, then evolution certainly is atheism or leads to being atheist. They specifically ask top evolutionary biologists and each one of them say they are atheist and each one of them are strong against religion as a whole.
The premise the movie bases much of its debate on - evolution theory has a lot of holes in it. To explain the origins of life through evolution would be like winning the million dollar jackpot in the lottery every day for thousands of years!
It's easy to see why atheists and your typical "creationism sucks" crowd wants to give this movie a bad review - they don't want you to see it! The infamous Richard Dawkins (who caused a controversy at the premiere) is interviewed in the movie and makes a fool of himself. He's given quite a bit of screen time and a lot of chance to clarify and be satisfied with his position for his theory - yet he comes off looking like a complete idiot. If he would have been in a debate - he'd have easily lost even though it might seem he'd have won because of his incredible intelligence, vocabulary, and education.
One thing I was surprised that the movie didn't include was theory of Occam's Razor - that the simplest answer is usually the correct one. Many scientists often use this theory to help explain things.
The movie makes the point that Hitler used "evolution" (and specifically the studies of Charles Darwin) to justify the extermination of the Jews. It also illustrates how absurd some of the top evolutionary biologists are when explaining the beginnings of the universe and of life as we know it. One professor said that we evolved from a crystal that hit the earth a long time ago - because isn't it interesting how life mimics a crystal pattern. That still doesn't exclude an "Intelligent Design" and still doesn't explain what (or who) made that crystal. Richard Dawkins, towards the end makes an insane circular logic argument that aliens brought life to this planet - basically saying everything BUT saying "Intelligent Design".
If you have ever wanted a clear dialogue about atheism and its affects on society or wanted to see some solid information in support of "Intelligent Design" - this movie is a good, well thought out, and entertaining and compelling resource.
As with the Creation Museum ... I doubt I would have even heard of this movie without an atheist pointing out that it was a bad movie ( or getting a laugh out of someone giving it a bad review) ...
* John Gruber from Daring Fireball
I also want to remind readers that the movie Cloverfield is out on DVD. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. Click here for the FIXYOURTHINKING review. The DVD has an interesting alternate ending that I think I like better. I suppose at this point ... I was wrong that this movie might have a LOST tie in. I talked about that here and here. Not to keep harping on this ... but maybe they will re-release Cloverfield and my theory will be correct after all.