Recently in class I mentioned that I was trying to write something about the 2008 Iron Man movie, “and why I hate it.” Immediately, an audible intake of breath issued from the other side of the table. I had said something controversial. Soon afterwards, I was asked to explain myself.
“It’s military propaganda!” I stage-whispered, for some reason.
“Ohhh,“ said my classmates. “Right. Fair enough.”
I completely understand this reaction, but it also confirms for me that this movie’s conservative undertones are not the first things to spring to mind when it gets mentioned. So, in honour of that, and of those two good, smart people who breathed in: Iron Man (2008), and why I hate it.