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Iron Man

A 2008 movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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The man of iron with the feet of clay and alcohol in his blood

  • Dec 23, 2009
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Iron Man for all intents and purposes remembers the sole, number 1 rule of comic books and it's the rule that the X Men and Spiderman movies forgot about - to be fun.

Spiderman may have been high flying adventure and X Men may have had it's colorful cast of heroes but all the movies in the series are so racked with melodrama and long stretches that as great as they are they could sometimes be a trial to get through.  Iron Man has drama sans the melo and is fun throughout.

Yes there are some liberties taken with characters, history and locations but all in all this could be the finest movie Marvel has made yet before we see this bad boys sequel.  It pushes the right buttons, keeps the pace up and imbues it with a great ensemble cast including a terrific and pitch perfect lead in Robert Downey Jr who plays Billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark with a snarky, sexist attitude and a life of self centeredness before he sees the errors of his lavish ways and begins a new to change them.  If this role doesn't effectively capture and parellel his real life issues with his vices, nothing will, not to mention that Tony Stark nearly loses everything when he turns into an alcoholic during the comic run and it will be interesting to see if later installments handle this issue, especially if Downey continues the role.

The film follows Tony Stark's journey to the Middle East to showcase a powerful new missile system for the US Armed forces when in a bit of irony, Tony is injured in an attack by one of his own companies weapons.  Nursed back to health in captivity by a Doctor, Tony learns a terrorist group wants him to build them weapons in exchange for his freedom.  Tony agrees but secretly builds a heavy duty suit of armor powered by a small power cell that is keeping his heart alive.  After escaping and learning that his company is selling arms to both sides, Tony decides at a press conferance that his company will no longer produce weapons which sends stockholders and a crafty business partner of his, Obadiah Stane into a tizzy.  In his spare time, Tony builds a newer suit of flying armor equipped with laser beams, flares and wrist rockets that he will use to destroy the weapons that his company is still mysteriously churning out into the wrong hands.

I talked about Tony Stark but all the characters are worth mentioning, doting aide and confidant to Tony-Pepper Potts played by Gweneth Paltrow is a largely chipper person who is loyal to her boss even when it comes to doing dangerous or even unpleasant jobs, straight man and military contact Jim Rhodes (who will suit up as the ebony clad and gatling gun bristling War Machine in the sequel, although Terrance Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle) is the butt of much of Tony's ass-holishness especailly early on but you know that the two are still friends, to the bald pated and almost unrecognizeable is Jeff Bridges who makes Obadiah Stane just as cagey and conniving as a good business man needs to be along with the not caring how the money is made as long as it comes his way, including getting an injunction filed against his partner.

Best thing is that the special effects don't dominate the movie.  Yes, Tony's HUD in the Iron Man armor looks cool (which also has a sly nod to MAC OS's if you catch it), the actions scenes are flashy and looking at Tony's billionaire house and manufacturing plant, you know money was spent but most of it was in the right place and at the very least, nothing looks fake and thankfully it doesn't end up looking like a PC game.  Better yet is that the rest of the movie is great enough that you enjoy the movie and cherish the action scenes.

Yeah, maybe The Dark Knight is another of those watermark movies that showed the limits of how far a comic book movie can go and accomplish but on it's own merits of working in the modern construct of the comic book movies, Iron Man has no equals.

But don't forget, the sequels to comic book movies are always better.  See you in May.
Tony Stark's Iron Man MK III armor Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane Tony's first armor attempt to escape terrorists Tony in his lab/workshop Tony's Iron Man HUD Tony, Pepper and Agent Coulson

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October 21, 2010
Yeah I thought this one was really fun.
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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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