Mon 12 May 2008
When I heard the news that the new Iron Man movie was actually pretty good, I have to say that I took it with a grain of salt. To be honest, I don’t think much of the recent Marvel movies. Sure, they’re pretty much all better than Superman Returns, but none so far have been as good as Batman Begins (with the possible exception of the second X-Men movie). Coming from me, it might sound strange since I’m a huge comic book fan and movie enthusiast, but I started to believe that non-Batman comics and movies should not cross paths again. At least not when Hollywood is involved.
That was until I saw Iron Man. I think the best word to describe my thoughts on Iron Man is one I borrow from a friend. After I explained how I felt about loving and hating the Iron Man movie, he explained that I was conflicted. Good word. I think I’ll hold on to that one.
On the one side, I loved the movie! I thought the script, acting, directing, and special effects were brilliant! I can’t really find much wrong with the movie and I’m usually very perceptive! Nothing much except….
… being a Muslim myself, I’m very sensitive to Hollywood’s demonizing of Muslims. I understand that United States is at war with some Muslims, and that Hollywood happens to be in the US, but it still irks me when I see Americans being portrayed as the heroes of the world and Muslims as their heathen counter-parts.
To be fair, the movie did only demonize some “bad Muslims” that were actually oppressing innocent Muslim. This, in itself, is admirable. Also, one Muslim is even shown siding with and befriending Iron Man. And last but not least, the movie did touch upon the topic of American corporations selling arms to its own nation’s enemies. The actual enemy ended up being an American as well so it wasn’t as bad as with most movies out there that use Muslims as the new Nazis unapologetically.
All in all, the movie really was great and extremely entertaining. Its handling of Muslims as enemies rubbed me the wrong way, but was still handled better than most movies out there. I highly recommend Iron Man to anyone who hasn’t seen it despite my slight conflicted emotions about some of its content, and that by itself speaks volumes to its greatness.
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