Aug 03

Film review – Iron Man (2008)

Film review – Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Paul Bettany, Leslie Bibb

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Review: Film review – Iron Man – (2008) – The first of the new Iron man series, this, it could be argued, is perhaps the most successful comic book to film translation. A lot of this I think is down to Robert Downey Jr. who plays Tony Stark (Iron Man). Downey Jr. brings a natural style and humour to the part and to top things off has a natural chemistry with Gwyneth Paltrow who plays Pepper Potts, Starks long serving personal assistant. The bad guy this time around is played by Jeff Bridges who plays Stark Industries executive Obadiah Stane. Stark Industries is the company Tony Stark runs having inherited it from his father. It specialises in military equipment manufacture and supplies the American Government with all its latest and best weapons.

On a trip to Afghanistan with his friend Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes a military liaison (played by Terrance Howard) Stark having demonstrated his latest new missile “Jericho” is almost killed when his convoy is attacked. When he comes too he finds himself a captive and his kidnappers are demanding he builds a Jericho missile for them. On top of this he has had a crude electromagnetic device fitted to his chest to prevent shrapnel reaching his heart. Having agreed to build the Weapon for his captors the first thing he does is replace the crude device fitted to his chest with a much more sophisticated one based around a revolutionary electric generator called an arc reactor. Knowing that once his captors have the weapon they want they will kill him he instead designs and builds a robot suit and this enables him to escape.

Once Stark gets back to America he decides to change his company so that it doesn’t develop weapons any more, he wants it to do things to help people instead. His first project is to replace the device fitted to his chest with a far superior one and then he goes on to make a much improved version of the Iron Man suit he used to escape capture. With this, Iron Man is born and he goes on to help some people being attacked by his former captors. Not knowing that he has a problem at home because Obadiah who he thinks is his friend is actually plotting behind his back.

There’s a nice pace to the movie, its actually rather beautifully shot. There are two top performances from Downey Jr. and Paltrow which help to make it a superior comic book translation. Good fun and entertaining.

Ps: There are subtle introductions to both S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) and the Avengers initiative for those interested in such things. More of those in future films.



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