REVIEW: Iron Man (2008)

When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.

Review:

Iron Man is the perfect example of what a superhero movie can be if it plays on its own terms. Throw away the need to be Oscar-worthy. Throw away the silly thought of having to force yourself to draw the campy fun out of the movie for it to be generally accepted. Iron Man is one of the funnest, if not the funnest superhero movies to date.

A lot of people state that Robert Downey Jr. lost himself in the role of Tony Stark and basically became the character. In reality, it’s the complete opposite. Tony Stark became Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. While, this is not the finest role Downey has ever played (I point you towards Chaplin), he proves that he can in fact carry a film and add new life to what would essentially be another bland, action film.

If I had any complaint with Iron Man it would be that the majority of the actors aren’t even acting, but simply playing themselves. Jeff Bridges is yet another actor to fall under this area. Being the badass that Bridges really is, he simply adds a dark characteristic to somewhat break his personal behaviors.

The story isn’t anything to be thrilled about. Tony Stark gets taken hostage and held for ransom by terrorists and force him to create a weapon. Instead, Stark builds the Mark I suit and destroys any and all of the terrorists and his own weapons that they’ve purchased through the black market. As a result of this event, he decides to pick-up crime fighting by becoming Iron Man.

The main sell for the general audience on this movie was the action. Little did they know that the movie would come well-equipped with great characters and a respectable script. At times, Iron Man becomes somewhat falls too much into the comedy aspect, but not enough to pull away too much from the final product.

Easily one of the best superhero movies of the decade, Iron Man packs enough action and comedy to be one of the most enjoyable rides in the cinema in recent history. Let’s find out if Iron Man 2 can carry the flame…

7.5/10

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Credits:

Directed by Jon Favreau

Written by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum & Matt Holloway

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Runtime: 126-minutes

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content.

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