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Iron Man

May 5, 2010

Iron Man

I am Iron Man, well, maybe not literally, but I wish that I was.  A Bruce Wayne type of Super Hero who has all the toys and money you could want in the world.  It doesn’t have the same kid type of feel as the Spiderman or X-Men, and I don’t mean that it is purely for kids, but it is a whole lot lighter, and it isn’t as dark as Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, but it is a nice blend of the two.

The story starts off with Tony Stark, billionaire playboy, in the desert in Middle East showing off a new weapon created by Stark Industry.  It shows off beautifully and things are very good, unfortunately things don’t go so well on the ride back when their convoy is attacked and Stark is taken hostage.  He is injured where he gets his power system, holding the shrapnel in place, and he is forced to build a missile system, but instead he builds himself the first Iron Man suit.  He escapes using it and returns to America where he builds a new, better, more powerful Iron Man suit.  Things are going well, he is able to save some of the people and exact revenge on some of those who had captured him.  Stark Industry badgers Tony Stark into giving them the plans for the Iron Man suit, however, his business partner Obadiah Stane, goes to the man who had captured Tony Stark and gets the plans for the suit and builds his own.  Tony Stark has to take on the new iron creation and save his assistant Pepper Potts before disaster falls.

The acting in this film is very good.  Robert Downey Jr. plays a boozing, womanizing, narcissist which is a wonderful role for him, because he is boozing, womanizing, narcissist.  He shines forth as Tony Stark and Iron Man, and while he is good in so many other roles, this might be his best.  Obadiah Stane is played by Jeff Bridges, and while Bridges is better in other roles, he plays the bad guy pretty well.  It helps that it isn’t purely an evil role, but it combines a caring character, granted money grubbing character, it is a solid performance.  The other character that I really liked was Stark’s assistant Pepper Potts.  Gwyneth Paltrow does a very good job playing his assistant who is in love with Stark, but is kind of glossed over by him and all the woman that he flirts with and brings home.  Terrance Howard plays Rhodey, Stark’s friend in the military, and while Howard doesn’t return in this upcoming Iron Man film, he gives a good performance.

Visually this film is very good, Jon Favreau is a perfect for directing this film.  Favreau can really take on every genre, but he does a great job with this comic book film.  The story is crisply shown and the acting performances are better then most comic book films.  I know that some people don’t love the action, but I like the crisp clean style as compared to the current fad of a really scattered style that was brought forth with The Bourne Identity.  They don’t try to confuse with with the action in the film, which is kind of a nice change.  And this film has a kick ass sound track.  It has that hard pounding rock track with AC/DC and Black Sabbath.

Overall this is one of the more entertaining super hero films.  It blends a little seriousness in the plot line but the more light hearted side of Tony Stark’s character.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next one, and I don’t know if it can live up to the standard of the first one, but it should be entertaining, which is why the first Iron Man gets reviewed right now.

Entertainment Grade: A

Critical Grade: B+

Overall Grade: A-

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