I finally had the chance to see Ironman this weekend. I really enjoyed this movie. The script interjected just enough humor, and the action shots were not overplayed. I began reading Ironman comics while in grade school, and I had high hopes that the movie would catapult the character back into fame. (I have many Ironman comics, and I’ll be headed to e-bay soon.)
There has been much discussion of whether Robert Downey, Jr. could pull off the character of Tony Stark. Downey is a person who has struggled with alcoholism, drug abuse and bipolar disorder; and many were apprehensive about his credibility as the armored Avenger.
Downey seems to have overcome his addictions and condition. I pray that is true, and that his new fame will not be a stumbling block. Either way, his recent recovery is commendable, and I think makes him the perfect choice for the character of Tony Stark, Ironman’s alter ego.
Stark has always been a thoroughly human character whose alcohol abuse, womanizing and general selfishness are evident in the comics series. His acts of heroism stand out even more against this miss-behavior; his triumphs are made even more heroic.
These two characters, Downey and Ironman, should give hope to those who struggle with their own hurts, hang-ups, and additions. There is hope. The one who struggles can still make a positive difference in this world. Never give up.
For the Christian, he should be able to identify with these characters. We all struggle with sin (Romans 7:7-25). There is no particular sin we are not capable of (1 Samuel 11-12). If we make a difference in this world, it will be as flawed people; flawed people who try desperately to improve. Flawed people who are saved by Christ’s sacrifice in spite of themselves (1 Timothy 1:12-17).