Well, after a day on the water with about 30 sailboats cruising around the Sydney Harbor (day started out gorgeous and ended with dark clouds and amazing seafood, my friend and I decided to take in the opening day of Iron Man in Sydney Theaters.
Aside from my review, I must say that Sydney does movies right. While the cost is incredibly high ($16 AUS) for regular tickets, they do offer a Gold Pass option for $24 AUS which provides you with bar and table service for you and your guest - but you must pre-order everything and pay for the higher priced goodies. But, it is an experience to enjoy. I mean, how much does it cost for dinner and a movie these days? Why not combine them both?
As for the Iron Man movie - definitely up there. As Wired rightly reviewed it, it was an astonishing display of good casting, great effects, terrific storyline (even though I knew most of it when I was growing up reading the Iron Man comic books). But the twist on the technical issues (I forgot, is an Arc Generator something from the books?), the characters and the effects were astonishing. And, as everyone says, Robert Downey Jr. was a perfect casting here (and I was quite concerned when I saw the preview poster over a year ago). Gweneth Paltrow plays Piper incredibly well (where my brother was quite worried) and I fell in love with the "dance scene" as it will become known.
The appearance of S.H.I.E.L.D. was as amusing as it was perfect - and I kept waiting for Nick Fury to show up at some time. But take the movie for all it's cotton-candy goodness. It is a treat that will start the summer heat. Enjoy.
P.S. Iron Man Easter Egg - stick around for the end of the credits - Marvel always has something for those who appreciate the makers of the craft.