May 4, 2008
Review - " Iron Man " (In Theaters) - By Roland Hansen
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Directed by Jon Favreau
Screenplay by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth
Rather than come up with new ideas Hollywood has been mining the ranks
of comic books and video games in order to create motion pictures with
mixed results. No one will dispute that Spiderman and Superman have been
mega money producers for the studios. But it seems for every one of these
uberhits we get one or two that flop. Sure X-Men & Batman are phenomenal
success stories but then they give us The Hulk, The Phantom, Fantastic
Four, Ghost Rider, & Daredevil. Just how many Catwoman & Electra movies
can anyone stomach? And they’re even trying again with another Incredible
Hulk flick. The latest addition to the big screen comic book ranks is
Paramount’s “Iron Man”. This one, I am happy to report, is destined to
become a huge success. All too infrequently, a much hyped blockbuster
hits the mark with such power that it resonates above all others. “Iron Man”
is one of the few movies that truly live up to its hype and expectations.
A soaring action-adventure, “Iron Man” is the story of billionaire industrialist
and genius inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). As CEO of Stark
Industries, the U.S. Government’s top weapons contractor, Tony has
achieved celebrity status by protecting American interests around the globe
Tony’s carefree lifestyle is forever changed when his convoy is attacked following a weapons test he oversees and he is
held hostage by a group of insurgents. Injured by life-threatening shrapnel embedded near his already weakened heart,
Tony is ordered to build a devastating weapon for a terrorist group. Ignoring his captors’ requests, Tony uses his intellect
and ingenuity to build a suit of armor that keeps him alive and enables him to escape captivity.
Upon his return to America, Tony must come to terms with his past and vows to take Stark Industries in a new direction.
Despite the resistance from Obadiah Stone (Jeff Bridges), his right-hand man and top executive, who has taken over the
reigns of the company in his absence, Tony spends his days and nights in his workshop developing and refining an
advanced suit of armor that gives him superhuman strength and physical protection.
With the help of his longtime assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his trusted military liaison Rhodey (Terrence
Howard), Tony uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications. Donning his powerful new red and gold armor, Tony vows
to protect the world and right its injustices as his new alter-ego, Iron Man.
Robert Downey Jr is perfect as the supergenius weapons inventor Tony Stark.
Downey not only brings humor and flamboyance to his role, he also manages
to make you believe that an egocentric person can indeed change into a
The amazing yet realistic action is paced by the plot and characters that keep
you interested from start to finish, mixing action, comedy and some drama to
just about the right proportions. The film has a solid script, that efficiently
introduces us to the Iron Man history. The phenomenal special effects will
blow you away. A lot of CGI feels fake but the effects in Iron Man didn't give a
false impression even for an instant. And of course the Iron Man costume was
a major kick ass piece of work. As great as everything looked, what really
drives the movie is the emotional resonance and down to earth nature of the
Is “Iron Man” an adrenaline pumping action packed thrill ride? Close but not
quite. Is it worth plunking down your $9.50 at the local Cineplex to see it?
ABSOLUTELY! “Iron Man” will be a certified megahit and you can look forward
to seeing Iron Man II & III in the coming years.