Another review -- this time, "Iron Man," directed by John Favreau, of all people, and starring Robert Downey, Jr.
Downey is excellent, Gwyneth Paltrow is less irritating than usual (I find her perfection and soft spokenness grating, typically), and the story was really good. It's still a superhero movie, so it has elements of the fantastic, but overall it was very enjoyable.
It did have one fault, but only true "The Big Lebowski" fans will recognize it. That one fault is Jeff Bridges' mere presence in the movie. Don't get me wrong, I fricking love Jeff Bridges. He can do no wrong. But no matter what he does or says in any movie, all I can hear in the back of my mind is "All the dude ever wanted ... was his rug back." This is a nerdy Lebowski reference. I have seen "The Big Lebowski" 50 times, easily. We are die-hard fans of the movie. We have yet to attend Lebowski-fest (I think it's in Tennessee this year?) but we played two of the key songs in the movie at our wedding and we are constantly quoting the movie. (There's a beverage here, man!) One of these days I need to write an ode to "The Big Lebowski."
But back to the movie. I think there were a few Lebowski fans in the audience, because any time Bridges yelled or emoted in any way, there were a few snickers and chuckles, myself and BK among them.
If you make it to the theater, sit through the credits for a little extra tidbit.