by: El Chavo - 04.24.06
Yo the most Dangerous Dominican EL MAYIMBE here with another script review.
Both EL CHAVO and me took a look at IRON
MAN this past weekend. I gave him the script first to read because I
was at the immigration protests.
Let's see what he had to say and then I will put in my two cents.
By Alred Gough & Miles Milliar
Revisions By David Hayter
Rating: B-: if I'm in a good mood.
C-: if I have enough money and food to survive another idiot as President (note:
I did not say 'Republican')
The following is the Iron Man review:
Lets mention the other films that come from comic books and see where we're
- Superman - original versions were cool, if dated and the new
one has superior potential.
Batman - it started with a bang, then got gay, then got ultra cool
with Batman Begins. Probably the only truly 'successful' transformation from
comic to screen to date.
Tank Girl - piece of crap, and I can't believe I remembered to mention
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - I was already too adolescent to truly
appreciate it... but it touched... for bad or good, a generation.
Constantine - uh... yeah... amazingly so-so.
History of Violence - uh... k. thoroughly average much?
V for Vendetta - well acted, poorly conceived... overall: boring and
The Hulk - yeah... could have been called 'The Big Fat Belly Flop'.
Obviously there are many other films that were adapted from comics, but how
many were any good? Why the fascination with turning comics into films? Adult
sentimentality? or is it the toys and Burger King cross-promotions... Don't
you think comic book writers would have been book writers if they could write
instead of draw?
Ok. So, lets get to it: Iron Man.
It started off great! Starring Tony Stark; young, rich, handsome and
most importantly brilliant. This guy isn't just brilliant, he's über
brilliant: he can sketch out devices along with algorithms that in the right
hands would make the guy manning the science station on the starship Enterprise
get wood. He's brilliant, but he drinks like a fish... unlike Aquaman.
The script comes in at a hefty 119 pages... that's 2 hours in movie-land-time,
or about twenty minutes too long - for an action film. Don't get me wrong, the
dialogue is smart, mature and relevant so cutting needs to take place
with some of the action sequences. HOWEVER. I wasn't necessarily sold on the
idea of Iron Man making its way to the screen. The character is visually boring
(might as well be a robot). The set-up is over done (rich, successful and handsome
PHYSICIST?). The whole story is one big cliche... but, I had fun (until
about page 40... then again for a few pages here and there). It gave me hope
that it could be something special - especially because the script is in development
hell (which means that it was passed on....at some point). I really liked the
Bugatti chase scene though...
The whole thing made me wonder what you can do with a film like this. Batman
is dark and adult and that is clearly the benchmark for this type of film (Batman
Begins, that is)... how do you start this future franchise off right?
I came to the following conclusions:
1. The film does not directly follow the comic book, not that it is
a bad thing. I think the screenwriters chose to make this more relevant to 'today',
but I'd definitely incorporate more of the original comic story line. Anthony
Stark as a Vietnam POW, for example.
2. It needs to be dark - but different dark. Ultra realistic - to minimize
the suspension of disbelief. Having been a physics major - there is a lot of
room for improvement and I am SICK and TIRED of seeing Ninja Turtles logic in
an adult setting.
3. Iron Man would make a badass movie - IF - IF - it were a character
study: about the fragility of man despite his resourcefulness, how ultimately
humanity is doomed to succumb to a most artificial evolution in the case of
the ends justifying the means. Keep the action powerful, but more subtle and
4. I'm working on the script re-write, pronto.
Pot brownies anyone? hehe.
Iron Man B- A decent script, but not good enough.
El Mayimbe here. So what do I think? Well, I have a theory on why this
wasn't made yet - it is the story line that killed the Hulk. That whole father
vs. son thing. Here we got Howard Stark vs. Tony Stark - just like in The Hulk
- father vs. son. David Hayter wrote Hulk and I guess he borrowed from that
and poured that same situation into Iron Man. I prefer the whole father vs.
son thing here than in the hulk but I guess the suits didn't think so. Howard
Stark is the main bad guy in this draft. He profits by stealing Tony's designs
and weaponizing them. I don't read the comic book so I know very little about
IRON MAN except from the sixties cartoon and that this pretty boy scientist
has an alcohol problem and a bad heart and a brilliant mind. Tom Cruise has
been forever attached to this thing and he wanted to do a marvel character movie
different than from what has come before. I guess he read this, saw THE HULK,
jumped on Toby Emmerich's couch and was like, "Oh Hell No! They did that
whole father vs. son thing in The Hulk!" The rights have reverted back
to Marvel so we shall see what further development they do on this.
For all you IRON MAN geeks out there - here is what I can tell you - the Mark
I and Mark II armor are in here and Howard Stark dons the WARMACHINE armor in
the big climatic finale vs. Tony in his Iron Man Mark II armor. It read pretty
cool to me.
I have to agree with my little buddy here EL Chavo, the script is a B a decent
script but obviously it wasn't good enough to get made.
I wonder what the hard-core Iron Man fans would have thought of this.
Hasta el proximo capitulo
YO SOY EL MAYIMBE!