Robert Downey Jr. IS Iron Man ---- Review of the movie with NO SPOILERS
May 3, 2008
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:the cast is great, Downey Jr., Paltrow is perfect, lots of action, FUN!
The Bottom Line: This is a well done action film that keeps pretty close to the Iron Man storyline, and does it well with a great cast and an exciting premise.
Iron Man is the latest in a still growing trend of comic book heroes getting their turn on the big screen. The main difference between some of the other players in this genre, and the man who would become Iron Man, is that he is trying to overcome things he has done, rather than using abilities he has attained or always had. You could easily say that we have a troubled hero here, who doesn't relish the term "hero" at first, but doesn't mind being the center of attention. Tony Stark has taken over where his father left off, selling weapons and other items that could be used in war at a profit. As depicted, he is one of the most successful businessmen when it comes to developing and selling these weapons, and it has afforded him a very nice life style. All of that is shown to the audience early on in the form of cars, a luxurious house, and a place of his own.
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While on a sales-pitch about a new weapon in Afghanistan, his convoy is hit by an attack that leaves many Americans dead, and Stark as a prisoner to unknown "bad guys". They keep him alive to have him build them a heavy-duty missile system, and threaten him with torture and sure death if he doesn't agree to do it. He soon deduces though, that he is going to come up with a plan of his own, and devises a plan to escape from his state as a prisoner. Luckily he has an aid in the form of a doctor that kept him alive after the attack, but in doing so has changed Stark in a way that will become even more noticeable later on in the film. But for now, Stark, with the help of his new companion, build a suit made of iron to break out of their prison and fight back against these terrorists. The sets the stage for some action that is soon to hit the screen in a heavy manner.
Robert Downey Jr. takes on the lead role of Tony Stark (Iron Man), and does so in the perfect way for this character to shine. He is reserved enough in his emotions, and gives the perfect demeanor for someone that has both had this upbringing, and has made the weapon-sales his way of life. When the character starts to change throughout the story, it is extremely believable in the form of Downey Jr. Joining the cast are also Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, a military liaison between Stark and the army, and one who has befriended Stark. Then there is Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stone, Stark's partner, who has been around since his father was part of the company. Finally, we have Gwyneth Paltrow finally returning to the big screen as Pepper Potts, the assistant to Stark, and the infused energy and sex appeal that really works with Downey Jr. as a counterpart.
Defining this film in the genre of super-hero movies, Iron Man scores pretty well on that card. It does well with sticking to characters, and it tries to do justice to the real back story of the comic book. There are of course indulgences taken to make the film less dated and more current, but they work out pretty well. The cast is also very good, with the understated character of Howard and the enigmatic Paltrow accompanying the perfect casting job of Downey Jr. in the lead. The film is exciting, full of action, and doesn't seem to lag in any parts. Be sure that this is a comic book film, so there are some times where believability might come into question, but if you can suspend it and just enjoy what's on the screen, the film will come off even better to the audience. This one works, and has set the stage well for Iron Man to turn into the next franchise of films.
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