Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man
Directed by Jon Favreau
Written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
(number 411)

Disclaimer: I dislike Iron Man greatly. I will be exploring that in my review. Iron Man is the Batman of the Marvel Universe, but he doesn’t have all the lovely Batfamily surrounding him, which is one of the best things about Batman – his Robins and Alfred keep him human and grounded, Tony just has Pepper who does absolutely everything he tells her because he literally pays her to do so.

The very first thing we learn about Tony Stark is that he drinks. The second thing is that he makes quips and the third thing is that he sleeps with a lot of women. This last point is re-emphasised a number of times in the first ten minutes, so you’re really, really sure that he sleeps with women and then leaves them alone to be tossed out of the house by Pepper Potts in a very cold, clinical way. His private airline is staffed with women who dance and perform on a pole for him, he drinks! He sleeps with women and drinks and makes guns! He is the ultimate American man, obviously.

Ramirez: No, you intimidate them.
Tony Stark: Good God, you’re a woman! I honestly, I couldn’t have called that. I mean, I would apologize, but isn’t that what we’re going for here? I thought of you as a soldier first.
Ramirez: I’m an airman.
Tony Stark: Well, you have actually excellent bone structure there. I’m kinda having a hard time not looking at you now. Is that weird?

Here’s my problem with Tony Stark: He’s a total and complete jerk asshole. And somehow I’m supposed to care about him because he makes jokes? Because someone tried to kill him once? I just don’t get it. I’ve had a lot of people address my concerns with his casual misogyny and horrible attitude by saying ‘but he’s so funny!’ or ‘But I love Robert Downey Jr!’

I don’t think that these are excuses for having such a totally sexist and abusive white jerk be a hero. My best come back for those ‘but he’s so funny/sexy/whatever’ arguments are ‘well, when we have a movie about a woman who is a millionaire who treats men like scum, is a total jerk and is still the hero then I’ll change my mind.’

After his imprisonment Tony does have a change of heart, he tries to stop his company manufacturing and selling weapons, he tries to accept that he has feelings for his assistant and… okay that’s it. But it is something.

Does it make me love the people? I love Jarvis. But he’s not technically people until Age of Ultron, and even then sort of not. I dunno, I guess watching this again I didn’t hate Tony as much, but I still think he’s a shitty superhero.

There’s a certain lack of tension in the climactic fight, for me, which may just be my general boredom with action sequences at the moment, but I guess… it’s very hard to believe that they’ll kill off Tony.

Bechdel test: In the first few minutes Christine talks to Pepper but the second line establishes the conversation is about Tony and a power play between the two women on who ‘gets’ him.

Best line:

Jarvis: The render is complete.
Tony Stark: A little ostentatious, don’t you think?
Jarvis: What was I thinking? You’re usually so discreet.
Tony Stark: [gazes at a 1930s hotrod] Tell you what. Throw a little hotrod red in there.
Jarvis: Yes, that should help you keep a low profile.

State of Mind: Like, I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. I am still very annoyed at a lot of the characterisation of Tony and the idolising of him but.. it was a good relaunch of the Marvel movie brand. I am not that sure I want to watch it again any time soon, although I do have the third one on this list as well so… more to come.

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Things I Love Thursday

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my XOXO motivation is pretty concrete, which is super awesome. This week I rebranded my indie games company and launched a new domain and blog for it! If you’re interested in games, game design and tabletop, please check out Scary Monster Games.

Anna, I’m still ridiculously happy to be home with her. I sleep so much better in our bed and I get cuddles all the time. What a cutie she is. Also she just tried to ask me for her keyboard but the only noun she could think of was ‘potato’. The end of term is hard, yo.

Spotify and the awesome music it streams to me, and that I can play at home through my boom.

Planting, I can’t really have a proper garden but I can have

Honourable Mentions: PS4, Disney Infinity, sunshine, laundry drying quicker, soft warm blankets, cuddles, Scotchmallow bars from See’s Candies, lots of people at work happy to see me back, new comics, getting editing done, Life is Strange and new Blu Rays.

Robins!

Panic! at the Disco ~ Hallelujah

Things I Love Thursday

America! La Brea tar pits were amazing, seeing real famous art, squirrels, shopping in Santa Monica, DISNEYLAND, Seatle, Portland, food carts, Target, Powell’s City of Books, diners and chilling with Sophie. It was a great time!

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XOXO was amazing. I met a whole lot of amazing people, I had my head exploded, expanded, pieced together and wrung out in all the best ways. I’m stuffed full of motivation and sparking with ideas for new ways to create and get my stuff out. Pretty great actually.

Spring! Okay so it turns out I was really ready to come home and that the sight of all the blossoms, daffodils, and pretty sunshiney weather has made me feel really happy about the seasons changing. Really looking forward to Summer.

Being home with Anna is also the absolutely best thing. I missed her like crazy and it’s great being back home.

I saw Akilah speak at xoxo and she was great, check out her youtube channel, starting with this cover of Cups 🙂

Honourable Mentions: blankets, dolls, books, new T shirts, hot ribena, hot chocolate, aeroplanes and weird dreams.

Things I Love Thursday

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Spring! On the weekend we went and visited the calves (little moos) and the lambs (lambies) in Cornwall Park and it was pretty awesome. Plus, you know, blossoms, daffodils and warmer weather.

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Colouring in! I love that colouring in for adults is a thing now. I started on my hipster colouring book and did this ‘You are Awesome’ page. It’s a good message to remember.

America! OMG I fly out tomorrow! There are plans for adventures and I shall be taking photos and omg. It’ll be intense I think, but I am looking forward to being in late American Summer and catching up with the cool people at XOXO and some of my States friends in other cities as well.

Anna! I’m really going to miss her on my trip, I’m dreading that. But it’s really good that I am so sad about being apart from her, and it will make the homecoming at the end of the trip not sad at all but joyous. It’s great to have something that important to me 🙂

Writing! well, more to the point, editing. This week I called the marvellous Lee Murray about what kinds of questions I should be asking my editor about my manuscript and she was amazingly super helpful and encouraging, and then I called my editor and got three pages of notes and advice on what to do with the novel going forward. It feels really good! I am going to not at all think about my novel while I’m away though, if I get writing inspiration I’ll write new things and have a creative play instead.

Honourable Mentions: chocolate milk, waffles, candy, new books, catching up with friends, new Face Off episodes, music, vegetables, delivery foods, postcards, decluttering, cleaning out and sleep.

I am so great

Taylor Swift’s new music video for Wildest Dreams is also pretty great