In the Dark


Iron Man
Produced by Marvel Studios
Directed by John Favreau
Screenplay by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Distributed by Paramount Pictures

The Visitor
Produced by Groundswell Productions
Directed and written by Thomas McCarthy
Distributed by Overture Films


It is always reassuring when a big-budget superhero film fulfills its responsibility to edify the young.  Iron Man, the latest Marvel comic book to come to life on the big screen, does just that.  This movie teaches youngsters that it’s righteously cool to kill Middle Easterners by the caravanload.

Iron Man is, in short, a mechanized wog obliterator, if I may borrow Mrs. Clinton’s mot juste as to what she would like to do to Iran if things got out of order.  And we wonder why Middle Easterners hate us.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s start at the beginning.

Iron Man is really Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), an arms manufacturer who never saw a war he didn’t like.  We first meet him as he skims the Afghan desert in the backseat of a Humvee while sipping a Scotch and joking merrily with the soldiers accompanying him.  He is on a mission to assess how well his weapons are slaughtering the local wogs.  But the joke’s on him.  His Humvee is...

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