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Iron Man

A 2008 movie starring Robert Downey Jr.

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Iron Man

  • May 2, 2011
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Tony Stark: Millionaire, Genius, Playboy, and star of the 2008 summer blockbuster Iron Man, one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. To be honest, I was never really interested in Iron Man until news of The Avengers came out and I wanted to finish off the franchises I haven't seen. I was expecting this movie to be just some nice dumb fun, which I have no problem with, but it ended up being much more than that. I was also worried that I may have to have some prior knowledge (of which I have none) to watch this, but thankfully its an origin story. It's also a movie that you don't have to be a comic book geek to enjoy, thanks to the great action and the indelible screen presence of Robert Downey Jr.

The movie starts with Tony Stark in Iraq, quickly followed by a truck explosion and his prompt kidnap. The film then flashes back to Tony's purpose for going there, which was to reveal a new missile his company had made. Anyway, he was kidnapped and the terrorists who kidnapped him wanted him to create one of the missiles. He instead creates an iron battle suit to enable his escape, a bastardized version of his later perfected design.

He then perfects the design in his more advanced laboratory and catches the eye of the public. There are also some issues with Tony Stark refusing to manufacture weapons for the company, which pisses off the villainous Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), who hired the terrorists to kidnap and kill Stark. Anyway, there's a final battle, a somewhat awkward romance between him and his assistant, but I don't really want to reveal too much about the plot. This was a far more smart movie than I was expecting, and I couldn't be happier for it.

However, this is very much a teenager action movie, and I will explain why. It was definitely marketed towards teenagers, and what teenager wouldn't stare at an iron battle suit and think: "how fucking cool is that". I can tell you that's exactly what I thought. A lot of teen action movies have product placement in them too, and it's not as obvious in Iron Man as it is in Transformers. The whole vibe of it just seems very teenager-y although not insufferably teenager-y like...again...Transformers. Also, just because it was marketed towards teenagers doesn't mean that this movie can't be watched and enjoyed by adults. In short, Iron Man is a very smart action movie that can be enjoyed by pretty much all ages.

The film also has a splendid cast, and all the performances of the cast can't even come close to measuring up to the splendid performance of Robert Downey Jr. The man has wonderful screen presence in everything that he is in, and Iron Man is no exception, being the main thing that fueled his comeback after those unfortunate drug and alcohol related incidents. Anyway, his performance is one to be remembered and one of his best. The rest of the cast does okay, like Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, but again, none of these performances could possibly match up to Downey. However, Jeff Bridges did make for a suitably entertaining villain.

The visual effects are also very impressive, but that isn't really much outside the suits. The cinematography and art direction are also stunning, but that's pretty much all that can be said, so lets move on. All in all, Iron Man is a very entertaining, very smart summer blockbuster that I enjoyed 100%. Featuring a stunning lead performance, great action, and great visuals with a decent story. I intend to watch the sequel as soon as possible, but I hope to start on Indiana Jones over the weekend. I would definitely recommend this movie to all fans of superhero films and of action films. All in all, a very entertaining movie

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review by . February 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     I admittedly state that I'm no comic junkie. While I often times will read something that's going to be or has been adapted into film, seldom do I actually read such forms of literature. Nevertheless, I like it when a director rises up to the challenge of making a huge, epic superhero movie and succeeds. And by "succeeds", I of course mean that they successfully make it for both audiences; the comic book fans and the non-associated. What makes John Favreau's …
review by . August 28, 2010
My daughter is almost 12 and is clamoring to watch PG-13 movies "like all her friends do."  We recently watched this as a family.  I had read detailed reviews that said that there were a few swear words, and a scene of a couple in bed (she was still wearing a shirt but was on top of him).  I covered her eyes on that part, and I thought the rest was pretty appropriate.      The beginning was a bit long (and boring?), but in general this is a fast-paced …
review by . May 13, 2010
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RDJ is back and better than ever......
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Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Wonderful adaptation of the original graphic novels, great action adventure for most ages, good fantasy with always relevant topics of self-discovery, morals and ethics
Quick Tip by . August 30, 2010
Fantasitic movie that moved Iron man to the forefront of Marvel's list of heroes that are household names.
Quick Tip by . September 02, 2010
This movie def changed the way super hero movies are watched. The humor in it made it much more enjoyable and it def opened it up to a much larger more commercial audience!
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
I was never really into the comic book, but I thought the movie did a great job telling the story while keeping the action constant.
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
I'm more enthusiastic about films (or maybe I have lower standards) - the only false note, to me, was the slut-shaming Pepper directs at Christine: I'm gonna blame bad writing, but the rest of the movie was above that. Good and actiony.
review by . December 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 …
review by . December 24, 2008
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The next anticipated movie from the Marvel line of comic books is "IRON MAN". There has been an overload of comic book films and thankfully, this one doesn‘t have "Fantastic Four‘s" quality. "Shellhead" goes to the big screen courtesy of director Jon Favreau with a solid screenplay by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Yes, the movie is great and as with "Spider-Man" is the cardboard cutout of everything a comic book film should be. Yes, everything but …
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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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