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Iron Man


Sam Roggeveen


29 May 2008 18:56

There's a respectable view that, for reasons of political correctness, Hollywood resists making movies in which radical Islamists are the enemy. So I was encouraged that in the opening of Iron Man, which I caught last night, the film unambiguously makes bad guys of the Taliban-like force which kidnaps the hero, Tony Stark. But the fact that these extremists turn out to be merely the dupes of an American arms manufacturer does rather play into conservative fears that Hollywood liberals are a self-loathing bunch who think the main enemy of world peace is America.

Not that this should distract from a thoroughly enjoyable film. I love watching A-actors in B-movies. Downey Jr is perfect, and Gwyneth Paltrow has not been this good since The Talented Mr Ripley. But a special mention to Jeff Bridges as the villain. He was so good I never even thought about The Dude.