“Iron Man” the Stark Superhero of Marvel

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Release Date: May 2nd, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Jon Favreau

JJ Rating: A+

Billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) of Stark Enterprises visits Afghanistan to show off his new weapon. Upon being attacked by rebels he sees his weapons were in their hands. They kidnapped him and wanted him to make them a weapon, but instead he creates a suit that will evolve him into Iron Man.

It’s another billionaire hero. In this case one that is more deviant than the Bat and far wittier than the Spider. Iron Man is exactly that: he’s a man’s man. He sleeps around, he drinks and he is cockier than necessary and he doesn’t even get paid millions to play a sport. Well he gets billions to create inventive weaponry for America.

Iron Man was never my cup of tea. But when I heard that Robert Downey Jr. was going to play him I was sure that if there ever was a thing like cinematic perfection, that that was it. From that point on I was excited to see the film. I was even more excited when I saw the concept art of Iron Man and then the actual look. So fantastic that it just gave me chills to see it. I had not felt like that since X-Men and Spider-Man…well that’s not too long ago, but still.

What would I want more from this film? I can’t really think of anything. It’s not perfect but what movie is? It’s just really good. I wanted to see the Black Widow somehow but that was not going to happen. I’m really pleased with the after credits scene. STA Y AFTER THE CREDITS.

What did I love about the film? Iron Man’s suit. That suit was so freaking cool. I loved the way it looked, how it was put on, what it looked like in flight, how it sounded when it moved about, how it looked when it was damaged. It was just wow. I liked how Iron Man was just intelligent and figured out to do the practical thing without taking too much time to moralize everything. He saw the end that he wanted and he did everything he could to achieve that end. I like the wit of Tony Stark and how Robert Downey Jr. just perfectly fit the role as if he were born to play it.

Terrence Howard mad a great Rohdey. War Machine. When he sees the suit that is left behind there is that perfect pause of should I or shouldn’t I and it just makes a comic nerd giddy with anticipation. As-a-matter-of-fact there were several scenes that just make a comic nerd giddy. Count them off, if you can. Jeff Bridges was intimidating and imposing as he needed to be to play Obadiah. Shaun Toub played the frail man who was Tony’s captive buddy well with fear, as he should. Gwyneth Paltrow was Pepper Potts and had the charm and smile to pull it off. I liked the way she walked to. It might have had something to do with her shoes, but still it seemed so intentional for the character and it worked.

The story progressed at an even pace and allowed for the development of the entire story within the allotted time. Jon Favreau (who also played the driver who, in the comics, becomes Pepper’s love interest) did an iron clad job of directing. He knew what he wanted and executed it and it came out beautifully.

The C.G.I. work was eye candy for the super soul. That Iron Man get up was just marvelous. The battles between Iron Man and anyone else was done well. There was not too much and there was not too little. Just like baby bear’s porridge. The C.G.I. even helped with some humor moments that were littered throughout the film either by visual gags or witty lines; humor was not missing from the banter heighten Stark.

Iron Man, the superhero, is a fine balance of cocky, womanizing, billionaire war mongrel with a touch of heroics all rolled into one likeable man. It is simply a work of art. Normally such a person is the villain and not well liked, but not only is he liked in the comic books he’s liked in the movie and that is thanks to Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal.

Tony has issue with his heart after an accident and his captive buddy creates something that keeps his heart working without interruption. But Tony improves upon it and that’s why he has a glowing chest because of the magnetic works. I saw that in the film and wanted a shirt just like that. No title that says Iron Man, just the glowing orb like circle on the chest. Those in the know will know. Those kinds of shirts rock; no explanation needed.

Iron Man created an excited me. I just was all kinds of amped to see it and I tried not to get too amped up because I didn’t want to work to disappointment. But I caught a couple of positive reviews and saw the grades and how it was getting raves and I was exciting myself up more. The day went by slow and when I finally was sitting in the theater and the entire film was over, including the credit scene, I was far from disappointed. I was impressed. This is the first movie that Marvel has financed themselves and let’s just say…it works magical wonders for them to have more power.

There is no question that I will get Iron Man when it comes out on DVD. There is also no question that this will be the number one movie of the weekend and I even guessed that it would make a little over the amount of money it cost to make it. So I’m going to guess about $165 million dollars. Though because of Grand Theft Auto 4 it might be lower, a lot lower or so the nay sayers would scream. Iron Man is the nity-gritty hero, the one that is all bare on who he is and what he wants; he is Marvel’s Stark Superhero and Iron Man is the start of a beautiful movie franchise.


Fitz said...

I loved it also. Thought it kicked some serious butt. Best serious (albeit lighthearted in spots) attempt at a comic book movie since Batman Begins IMHO. You can see my review at: http://writer.fitzhome.com/?p=285

RollerKaty said...

We just saw Iron Man today and loved it - one of the best movies I've seen in the theater for some time. Fun for the whole family - my 12-year-old adored the movie and the adults were equally entranced.

Love the sequence at the end of the credits too - can anyone say sequel?

trench said...

This one kicked ass for sure! My favorite Marvel movie by far!

BoBo said...

I thought this was an absolutely great movie..even stayed through the credits to see the set up for the next movie(s)? I never really liked Robert Downey, Jr. but he IS Tony Stark! Excellent movie, excellent review!

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