Iron Man (2008)

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Iron Man (2008)
  • Time: 126 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow

Storyline:

Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile, he’s captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research.

One review

  • Now for the past years, I have been saying how much this film is over-rated. I saw it either late 2008, or early 2009, and eventually completely forgot about it. I couldn’t remember much from the film other than a few small details. However I had only seen it once, so I decided to give it another chance and this movie was better than I remember. Yeah, but I still don’t think it’s perfect.

    My biggest problem with the film is that there’s too much talking, and not enough action. This is why I’m not a big fan of superhero orgin stories, they always spend too much time setting up the story, and then the sequels cover the action. I wouldn’t mind if the talking was interesting, but I really didn’t care too much about the stuff they were talking about. Tony Stark is an OK character, but he does come off sort of like a douche, and sometimes was kind of annoying. He doesn’t have as many funny moments as I would want him to have, which is a real shame because Robert Downey Jr. does a great job. Pepper Pots is…OK, she is a strong female lead, but at times even she is annoying. But like I said, my main problem was that there wasn’t that much action.

    For the good stuff, the acting is great. Robert Downey Jr. owns this role. And when action does happen, it is pretty entertaining. The first fight in the cave was kind of hard to see at times, but the rest were shot really well, and kept me interested. The special effects are great, but this movie cost like $140,000,000 so that should be expected. I loved the villain, I liked his motivation, and Jeff Bridges plays it so well, adding enough comedic elements to be interesting. But my favorite character was Rhodey, just because he reminds me of myself. If I was in his situation, that is how I would react.

    Iron Man is a good movie. I still didn’t love it like so many other people did. For me, there was too much talking and not enough action, Tony Stark came off as a little unlikable, and it’s forgettable in a few places. But the action, acting, and special effects are all good, and I really liked two of the characters. So for me, it still isn’t perfect, but if you think it is, that’s cool.

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