|3 May 2013 (USA)|
|MPAA rating||Rated PG-13|
|Writers:||Drew Pierce and others|
|Stars:||Robert Downey Jr.
|Basic Info||Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy|
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
|Subtitles||English, French, Spanish|
|Discs||50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (BD/DVD)
|Playback||Region A (B, C untested)|
Heroism is long-rooted spiritual value formed in the evolutionary process of human society and also the ideological value judgment. It is a topic that has been probed frequently for a long time. Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his essay “Heroism” that “Towards all this external evil, the man within the breast assumes a warlike attitude, and affirms his ability to cope single-handed with the infinite army of enemies. To this military attitude of the soul we give the name of Heroism”.
Sure, I believe, every one of us possesses a dream of superhero. We have many of those in movies, fortunately. Since childhood, we’ve made acquaintance of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and Iron Man, so on and so forth. The list is long enough that we can count them all day long. We dream about having super power, a universal armor, and then putting on a mask to fight against evils and save the world. Day after day, we dreamed on and on without realizing that hero is always alone. The very first superhero I know is Superman, the invincible. He hides himself, fakes his identity, always be there when he is needed. And I put on sheets as cloak, bounce on my bed; yell out loud just to play as the man in mind. Until the day he tired, gave up the super power and decided to be with someone he loved and be normal. It was that moment that I suddenly realized that it is the responsibilities to save others, the world that create him as a hero, and those responsibilities are too big, too heavy and too much for just a man, even with super power, which is still limited against all that evil in the world. So is Batman, Spiderman, and so is everyone else, including Iron Man. Behind those masks, armors, and suits, is always a man with flesh and blood. They’ve got someone they love.
Yes, the truth is, it is always about those, love and responsibilities, choice and sacrifices. Responsibilities always come with sacrifices and hard choices. Either way there are certain consequences for them to live with. Stark’s got anxiety disorders. They are just like those knights on chess board, they can overcome obstacles, they are invincible, but in the end they cannot guard all parameters. So when the missile flew upon them, he gave her the armor and said, “[to Pepper] Things are different now, I have to protect the one thing that I can't live without. That's you.”
Masks off, ordinary men are the only left. They need companionship. Living for guarding and rescuing, but listened by no one. Sam in Transformers said,” I saved the world, twice, but cannot find job.” That’s the price to pay, for being a hero, for shouldering the responsibilities. The higher the price, the greater responsibilities, the more sacrifices. So there should be a fairy-tale happy ending, as Bruce said, “People of faith should be rewarded.” Like the boy who got a lab for believing in Iron Man.
Just let them be like anyone of us, blowing off all the armors, watching movies with someone he loves.