Just about everyone I know who has seen Iron Man has loved the film. It certain seems to be a cinematic triumph, and possibly a hot contender for next year’s Hugo. But pretty pictures are not the be all and end all of a movie. Those of you who think that political analysis of books and movies is “reading in things that aren’t there” will not be happy with this review of the film (and those of you allergic to spoilers and who haven’t seen the film should avoid it too). For everyone else, it is a very interesting analysis.
My own reaction, having read the piece, is that had the film been more politically daring then fans would have lambasted it for not being true to the comic. Tony Stark, after all, is not exactly your typical social crusader. It is also possibly hoping for a bit much for such a high profile Hollywood film to do things that would infuriate your average Republican voter. Much of America is still in denial about military adventurism. But comics (and therefore hopefully films about comic characters) can tackle big issues. The success of Iron Man has pretty much guaranteed that there will be a sequel. Here’s hoping that the producers are a bit braver next time around.