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This movie makes up for every failing of Watchmen. Whereas the Watchmen concern themselves with petty crimes, Ironman concerns himself with terrorists and the prevention of war.

It's actually pretty realistic in terms of international politics (big stick policy, a far more successful one than appeasement). Tony Stark invents weapons, he sells them to the United States, the United States uses them to kill terrorists, no more terrorism.

Probably the United States might want to take more care with its top scientists/weapons developers though, as Tony Stark gets captured by the terrorists and are forced to build them his most advanced weapon. Sure enough, he does, but in a cave! With a box of scraps! This is where the realism wears off. Tony Stark escapes from the cave with his new suit that is both bulletproof (and apparently tank-proof), has machineguns, flame throwers and rockets, as well as jetpacks. And a core that's supposed to be somehow relevant. These are minor plot flaws however when compared to the unrealism that is Watchmen, where the U.S comes close to nuclear war with the USSR (some history lessons would have helped).

The lack of romance in the story is possibly the single most brilliant stroke of genius that made this film so great. Without the infatuation with women, Tony Stark focuses his energies on creating the most advanced technology for defeating terrorists and defending the freedom and liberties of people everywhere. The few scenes where his love interest was involved, she was helping him in some way or another that was relevant to the plot. The subdued emotions in this movie (unfortunately abandoned when the villain loses his sanity) leaves a nice aftertaste.

This film succeeds in every aspect in which Watchmen failed. The plot is more realistic, the characters are more mature, the action is better and the film is coherent. It is one of the few superhero movies that actually work.

Comments

  • tictactoejam
  • 8th Apr 11
"And a core that's supposed to be somehow relevant."

The core powers the suit. He's running a giant Mech suit, with flame throwers and rocket launchers. This would either need a battery as big as the suit itself, or a small fusion reaction. While the logistics of fitting all these weapons, and a jetpack into one suit might be a bit...impossible, at least the power source is accounted for.
  • Xalfrea
  • 27th Oct 12
But isn't that a bit of an unfair statement?

It's like the whole Avengers VS Dark Knight thing that's going on right now; they're both comic book superhero movies, but they're a different set of beasts each.

Should Watchmen not be looked at as a typical superhero movie as well? I just think that comparing Watchmen and Iron Man isn't fair because both are completely different from each other.
  • OnlyHereToComment
  • 1st Sep 15
What the fuck does this movie have to do with Watchmen? I would understand this review was made in 2009 (and even then, why would you still review this film over Watchmen?), but no, this review was made in 27th Oct 12, years after Watchmen was even relevant. And I'm the one commenting on an old review, so a bit hypocritical there.
  • Tuckerscreator
  • 1st Sep 15
compared to the unrealism that is Watchmen, where the U.S comes close to nuclear war with the USSR (some history lessons would have helped).

The graphic novel was published in 1986, during when the Cold War was still ongoing. The film (and the novel retroactively) are set in an alternate universe.
  • Reymma
  • 1st Sep 15
OnlyHere: It was made in April 2011 or before, if you look at the first comment. For some strange reason the date beside our reviews is that of the most recent comment. Hellishly confusing.

But it seems our reviewer has missed the point that Watchmen is set in an alternate eighties (the comic is too rooted in the cold war to be moved).
  • Theokal3
  • 2nd Sep 15
@Reymma: I am under the impression this isn't the only thing our reviewer missed the point of.
  • NTC3
  • 5th Sep 15
It's actually pretty realistic in terms of international politics (big stick policy, a far more successful one than appeasement). Tony Stark invents weapons, he sells them to the United States, the United States uses them to kill terrorists, no more terrorism.

LOL.
  • Tomwithnonumbers
  • 5th Sep 15
Oh the innocent naive age of 2011.

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