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Iron Man

A 2008 movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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4 stars: RDJ is back and better than ever......

  • May 13, 2010

Comic Book adaptations back in the late 70's, late 80's and early to late 90’s were very rare and if one by chance was made well enough. it was one of the biggest films of that year  in 1978 acclaimed director Richard Donner(Director of the "Lethal Weapon" series) directed the first ever critical and commercial successful  big screen adaptation of the beloved and ever looked up to superhero. Super-Man. "Superman" was one of the biggest films of the 70's and still today  remains an immense classic amongst comic book fans and moviegoers alike   and left a mark on the comic book genre and films that still last today. than in 1989 an up and coming director by the name of Tim Burton stepped up to the plate to direct the biggest film of the late 80's, "Batman".


Tim Burton's adaptation of the most beloved anti-hero in comic book history  was and is still today the darkest of the original Batman series taking The Dark Knight  out of his campy comic book roots  that he had been trapped in  since the  60's television series   and the 1964 camptastrohpe  adaptation of the series  which I severely look down on. Burton saved the dark knight and pushed the comic book genre into the future: after the humongous commercial success of Tim Burton's "Batman” he went on in 1992 to direct the even darker sequel which today stands as one of the best comic book sequels of all time. "Batman Returns" marked the second film in the 80's-90's Batman film series which was followed swiftly in 1995 by Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever” which  topped Burton's  Batman sequel "Batman Returns" at the box-office,  but failed to garner  favorable reviews. Schumacher returned in 1997 to direct the worst (And I mean that wit absolutely no respect) Batman film in the franchise history and the subsequent end of the Batman series, a commercial and critical failure "Batman and Robin" nearly doomed the dark knight from ever returning to the big screen. Where the franchise laid dormant for nearly 8 years. during that time other famed comic book heroes hit the screen  in 2002 Sam Rami brought to life  the wall crawling arachnid "Spider-Man", than returned to direct  tow more films(apparently  his last for the franchise.)  the huge critical, commercial success  and one of the greatest superhero sequels of all time, "Spider-Man 2"   and  the  movie that  doomed the franchise "Spider-Man 3", "The Punisher"(2004),  The terrible "Fantastic Four" and its juvenile sequel "Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer"(2007). Prior to " Spider-Man 3" and "Fantastic Four 2"  young up and coming director Christopher Nolan made his mark on the comic book genre and Hollywood  by directing  the reboot of the fabled  Batman franchise and taking the story all the way back to it's roots  with "Batman Begins". It was not until 2008 that two heavyweights would go neck and neck at the box-office making not only a mark at the box-office but in the genre's history quickly and swiftly solidifying themselves   as the top dogs amongst comic book adaptations. Those two films are Chris Nolan's Batman sequel "The Dark Knight" and Jon Favreau's "Iron Man.”




Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" was a film no one I knew believed in mainly due to the star of the film Robert Downey, Jr. playing the lead as the eccentric and ever so quirky hero Tony Stark. But after hearing much hype and  seeing the praise it received from critics and  audiences my dad and I  went to the theaters to the see the much hyped " Iron Man", I walked in slightly skeptical of  the film not knowing of the talent of Robert Downey Jr. or Jon Favreau. I remember sitting there  as the lights dimmed  wondering if this film is going to live up to the hype it has established  or even be worth the sixteen bucks. As the film rolled on, I sat there in awe of this magnificent and glorious science fiction/superhero thriller. "Iron Man" is a fast paced, outrageously funny, dark, complex and witty thrill ride that  not only single hand  revive the career of Robert Downey, Jr. but shot him straight up into the stratosphere of fame  It's the kind of film that the minute it's over you want to see it again. Then when it ends a second time, you want to see it a third time and then a fourth. Hell you will want to see it as many times as you can   it is just too good to ignore or hate. "Iron Man" takes off at a thousand miles per hour and pulls the audiences in on the ride of a lifetime with breathtaking special effects, mind-blowing action, outrageous plot twist and RDJ. leading it all the way to  the number 2 spot amongst comic book adaptations solidifying it as one of the best  and showing   the world   Robert Downey Jr.'s  talent.



I loved the  wit and charm of this  movie, I loved the grittiness and dark complexity  of  the characters  it seems everyone of them  has there own problems in one way or another they all are dealing with emotional problems  which makes them a real class act of complicated characters. The film draws it strength from its characters it feeds off there power , there emotions  it uses them not only as actors but as the main power source for the films ferocity and drive there crucial to it and the with the wrong actors  this film would have fallen apart faster than those boy bands  from the 90's. Thanks to brilliant casting and phenomenal direction   from Jon Favreau “Iron Man" flies high instead of crashing hard.




Robert Downey Jr. was never a  huge favorite of mine when I was younger  my favorites were Keanu Reeves, Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, David Duchovny  and  Denzel Washington, the list goes on  form there out. But the point is RDJ was  never anywhere to be seen on my list of favorites  that is until I saw  "Iron Man", "Iron Man" showed off RDJ's comedic side and his side for being totally out of control  as the  jet setting  billionaire hero. RDJ doesn't go completely out of range  from mainstream audience   he  instead makes Stark a more narcissistic and self-indulging character than what he was in the comics    but you know we still think he's cool   anyways. RDJ is fantastic   and   goes far and beyond the call of duty of an actor and proves tot he world he is back and here to stay. The rest of the cast of including   Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard all deliver strong supporting performances in this film about a hero that is built instead of born.





Its a film that should not work in fact this film should not even succeed but it does,  "Iron Man" is much better than the standard  comic book adaptation the standard being  The Fantastic Four films(both juvenile and dumb),The Punisher films( The  first  was actually very good  the second not so much). But "Iron Man" is the kind of film that no matter how you look at or what you think there is some part of you that is either going to love this film  and for those who say they don't like it  secretly do(guilt pleasure). Jon Favreau  has created a strong, smart and engaging  superhero film that explores the  technical side of being a hero  and the story of a man who  initially was happy with zero accountability and in the end became  the most unlikely hero in comics and now in films. "Iron Man" is a high flying adventure that does not pull any stops at giving you the wild outrageous film that you could hope for it's not like any comic book adaptation you have ever seen or ever will see "Iron Man” is a one of a kind.

RDJ is back and better than ever......

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October 21, 2010
Thought this first one was great, excellent review.
January 23, 2011
Thank you very much, this is one of the best comic book adaptations around truly a work of art.
May 15, 2010
nice review and great analysis of the history of comics made into film. excellent work!
May 31, 2010
Thank you very much. I thought for rewriting this review I thought I would give it a slam bang opening and it paid off.
May 31, 2010
methinks I'll put this in the feature reviews again.
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Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
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Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
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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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