Review of “Iron Man” (2008) PG-13 122min
May 3rd, 2008 by Maxim · 1 Comment · 8,915 Views
We tried to see this movie on Friday night, but it was sold out. On Saturday night we got in after standing in line for half an hour and watching commercials and trailers for another 25 minutes. Was the movie worth it?
The plot: The wealthy military industrialist, a brilliant engineer and a playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the CEO of Stark Industries, travels to Afghanistan to market and demonstrate his new missile systems to the U.S. military establishment. His car convoy is attacked and everyone was killed except Stark who was wounded and captured by an Afghan warlord and is forced to make WMDs for him. While in captivity in a cave, he designed armored suit that helped him escape from his captors. Upon return to America, he decides to perfect his design and use the suit to fight evil. Meanwhile the warlord got his hands on original design’s blueprints.
The good: This is an action movie with some political undertones. First of all, the script is solid, some pretty nice action (hey, it’s an action movie), but more then anything I liked Robert Downey Jr.’s charismatic performance that overshadowed the story and the rest of the cast (sorry, Spiderman).
The story starts with history and background of Tony Stark and how did him become the Iron Man, yet it’s not too extensive to be boring. Nice dialogs. Jeff Bridges as Tony’s partner and Stark Industries Board member… I didn’t expect him to turn out a villain.
As far as special effects go, there were a lot of loud explosions, lots of rounds of ammunition fired, fire-throwers being used. None of it is new anymore, but it still looked nice. The action on the streets of Los Angeles where some cars were thrown around were a lot like Transformers movie, but more then anything it was how little parts of the Iron Man’s suit moved and fit into place and interacted with each other and the environment was executed perfectly and a lot of fun to watch. The voice-recognizing artificial-intelligence robot that was helping Stark with his every-day design and development tasks later in the movie showed some character, similar to C3PO, by saying something sarcastic – funny.
Then the political side: military industrial complex makes billions selling weapons and claiming that the weapons ultimately serve the ideal of peace, and that the “best weapon is the one that only needs to be fired once”, implying the Cold War. IRONically (get it?), problem is often weapons are sold for profit to our enemies, or they get their hands on our weapons by other means. Then these weapons are turned on us.
I also liked the character: a regular man, like Batman, who has nothing to rely upon except his brain and his friends. The scene where Stark forges the suit out of the fire and iron deep inside the cave reminded of ancient Greek myths.
Lot of things to drool about: Stark’s house in Malibu and car collection for instance.
The bad: Terrence Howard, a great actor, but in this movie he was a sort of soft-spoken (wimpy) army officer, not quite a developed character. Gwineth Paltrow is also very talented, but in this movie her job was to be a garden flower. The final battle was too quick. Iron man with fighter jets sequence was lame.
The summary: Robert Downey Jr is awesome as the new superhero of 2008 summer season. Two hours of pure fun action movie based on Marvel comic.
The cast: Tony Stark / Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. | Jim Rhodes – Terrence Howard | Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger – Jeff Bridges | Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts – Gwyneth Paltrow | Christine Everhart – Leslie Bibb | Yinsen – Shaun Toub | Raza – Faran Tahir | Abu Bakaar – Sayed Badreya
The credits: Director – Jon Favreau | Screenplay – Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway | Characters – Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby | Original Music – Ramin Djawadi | Photography – Matthew Libatique | Producers – Victoria Alonso, Ari Arad, Avi Arad, Peter Billingsley, Louis D’Esposito, Jon Favreau, Kevin Feige, Eric Heffron, Michael A. Helfant, Jeremy Latcham, Stan Lee | Marvel Enterprises | Paramount Pictures
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