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Iron Man

A 2008 movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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When "Gold-Titanium Alloy" Man is just too long a name

  • Nov 15, 2008
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1. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr) is a playboy genius whose passion is making things that go boom, day or night
2. Behind the successful billionaire is a pretty woman (Gwyneth Paltrow) showing off her organizational skills
3. During a product demonstration in Afghanistan, Stark is kidnapped by a terrorist group called the Ten Rings, sustaining serious injuries
4. Ten Rings wants to rule them all, and they want Stark to forge them the one weapon that can do it*
5. Working in the darkness where the shadows lie* Stark and Dr. Yinsen (a fellow prisoner who patched him up) pull a switcheroo and build a full metal power suit with a flame thrower and missile launcher.
6. The Ten Rings are left to pick up the pieces
7. Stark has a new corporate vision which gets a stormy reception from his partner Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) and the Board of Directors.
8. He fashions himself a new and improved armored suit, with all the trimmings, bells and whistles, plus the obligatory arc reactor which is the heart of the design
9. With help from Pepper Potts (Paltrow) and Lt. Col. Rhodes (Terrence Howard), Stark suits up to battle the bad guys
10. Two sequels are planned

The movie takes a while to get to the really cool stuff, and while I enjoyed the whole thing, my son didn't get into it until "suit time." There's no denying that the finished suit is the coolest superhero costume ever, and I'm buying this on DVD just to watch the cybernetic Mark III suit morph, flex and create havoc and mass destruction

Downey proves himself to be an excellent choice for the lead role, and although they are unable to steal his thunder, Bridges and Paltrow are pretty darned good themselves. Howard doesn't have that much screen time, but maybe he'll get his moment in the sequels

Highly recommended.




Amanda Richards

* One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
(Tolkien)

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January 26, 2009
How old is your son? I took my 8 year old grandsons and they were into it from the start. Of course Benji was MORE into because he's a real fanboy. They were both pretty upset by the terrorist aspect of the film however. My daughter shelters them from the evening news and then suggests I take them to this movie. Weird.
 
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Iron Man
tells the story about a wealthy man who becomes involved in building an armored suit after a life- changing experience, and then begins to use his new suit to fight evil.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Iron Man was released on May 2, 2008, and won two awards at the Golden Trailer (Summer 2008 blockbuster), MTV Awards (Best summer movie) and was nominated for 3 other wards.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Terrance Howard, Jeff Bridges, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Director: Jon Favreau
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: May 2, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hrs 6min
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