The teenager and I have a favorite Christmas movie— The Ref with Denis Leary.
But Denis may have lost his place as our unorthodox Christmas hero because Tony Stark has usurped his place.
I had the vague feeling of déjà vu watching the film as I remembered more of this one than I usually do with films I’ve only seen once.
This one is fun because Tony Stark spends much of the film without the use of technology and his suits, relying instead on his wit and his body.
There’s a theme of taking responsibility for one’s actions running through the film, perhaps getting us ready for Spider-Man’s line, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
There is also a young man named Harley who I hope to see in a future film, and I also want to see Agent Caulson’s cellist. She was mentioned in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers. But I digress.
But what really steals this movie and provides probably the closest thing to reality is Tony Stark struggling with PTSD and anxiety attacks after fighting off robotic aliens in New York (Avengers). It’s refreshing to see a good guy deal with mental health issues on screen.