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Iron Man

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Time Out says

Fri Apr 25 2008

Playboy weapons magnate Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is a greased amalgam of Howard Hughes, Hugh Hefner and C-3PO, complete with an enviable battery of glib banter and a goatee you could set your watch by. On a routine sales trip to the Middle East, his Humvee is ambushed by a terrorist cell and he is dragged away to a cave, where he is forced to reproduce one of his high-powered missiles with some scrap metal and a soldering iron.

Instead, Stark uses those materials to construct a suit of robotic body armour and flee from the extremists’ clutches. This channels his epiphany –  perhaps long overdue – that profiteering from weapons is far from the Promethean zenith of overarching compassion he once thought it was. He returns a changed man and, with the help of his svelte assistant ‘Pepper’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) and best mate Jim Rhodes (Terrence Howard), builds a shiny suit of armour with which he plans to put an end to warfare for good.

All this liberal hand-wringing comes much to the chagrin of the  sinisterly named Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), Stark’s devious benefactor, who doesn’t shine to his peacenik jabbering one bit. Stane sports both a bald pate and a beard, a red flag combination in comic-book land if ever there was one.

Actor-turned-director Jon Favreau has proved with his past directorial efforts, including buddy comedy ‘Made’, Christmas film ‘Elf’ and kids’ fantasy ‘Zathura’, that he has a keen eye for character and can spin a decent yarn. Sadly, these two qualities are rarely apparent here, replaced instead by quick-fix one-liners and predictable set-piece gags. Like Iron Man’s suit, Favreau’s film feels like it has been meticulously assembled rather than lovingly formed. It’s little more than an elongated, episodic and sporadically charming introduction to the life of this mechanised millionaire superhero, light on both CGI and moral quandaries, and possessing neither the zip and sparkle of a ‘Spider-Man’ nor the brooding existential subtexts of ‘Batman Begins’.

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12A

UK release:

Fri May 2, 2008

Duration:

126 mins

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Timothy C

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The fight scenes are great and so is Robert Downey Junior but Jeff Bridges never really gets a chance to express his opinion, man.

Seph Dennis

As a life long iron man fan, i feel this film did the comic justice, as i'm certain my fellow "iron-fans" will agree. The SFX and attention to detail are astounding. Easily the best marvel comic film to date. I'm aware it's a critic's job to attempt to pan films, but this review was abismal. Even people who were not previously fans of Mr. Tony Stark's adventures with his pretty nifty suit now adore iron man. A MUST SEE FILM! bad review up there from a bad critic.

Seph Dennis

As a life long iron man fan, i feel this film did the comic justice, as i'm certain my fellow "iron-fans" will agree. The SFX and attention to detail are astounding. Easily the best marvel comic film to date. I'm aware it's a critic's job to attempt to pan films, but this review was abismal. Even people who were not previously fans of Mr. Tony Stark's adventures with his pretty nifty suit now adore iron man. A MUST SEE FILM! bad review up there from a bad critic.

reckoner

Watching Iron Man made me feel like I did when I was a small kid, when every movie I saw at the cinema was the best film I'd ever seen. It's a class act, from the opening scene to the last line, it even changed my opinion of Gwyneth Paltrow. I've always loathed her (and her inexplicable husband), but I now realise that, unlike many other actors, including the irresistible Downey Junior, she can actually play different characters, and with great charm. This is an extremely satisfying watch in every way. If I were making the sequel, I'd be feeling the heavy weight of responsibility to do this film justice, but the first effort has left me with unbridled optimism. Good work, Mr. Favreau. Mikey wins!

reckoner

Watching Iron Man made me feel like I did when I was a small kid, when every movie I saw at the cinema was the best film I'd ever seen. It's a class act, from the opening scene to the last line, it even changed my opinion of Gwyneth Paltrow. I've always loathed her (and her inexplicable husband), but I now realise that, unlike many other actors, including the irresistible Downey Junior, she can actually play different characters, and with great charm. This is an extremely satisfying watch in every way. If I were making the sequel, I'd be feeling the heavy weight of responsibility to do this film justice, but the first effort has left me with unbridled optimism. Good work, Mr. Favreau. Mikey wins!

monica

Everyone has their opinions, that's for sure, but Ironman was a hit in my book. I saw it twice. LOVED it. My only criticism...how did Obadiah learn to work his suit so fast? huh? overall, I think it was realistic, wonderful, funny - I never followed Ironman in the comic book, but I asked a few buffs about the general story and the movie was dead on - good job!

monica

Everyone has their opinions, that's for sure, but Ironman was a hit in my book. I saw it twice. LOVED it. My only criticism...how did Obadiah learn to work his suit so fast? huh? overall, I think it was realistic, wonderful, funny - I never followed Ironman in the comic book, but I asked a few buffs about the general story and the movie was dead on - good job!

Godsinger

I'm going to address Mr. Boris's comments first, then the movie itself. In his review (below) he complains simultaneously that this comic book movie doesn't have enough action. Then he complains that it is not more dramatically derived from stage-style storytelling. So does he want Terminator 2 or Casablanca? Then he goes on to tell us he wants and expects more, but he's dreading sequels. Let's get our heads screwed on straight...all together now...are you with us, Mr. Boris? This is a comic book movie. The story quality is aimed for the mind of a teenager. That's how comics work. People don't go to superhero movies expecting mental flickers of Shakespeare. This will not be Casablanca or Hamlet. Drama is in the other section; this is Action. Nevertheless, this being the first in the Iron Man franchise, the storyteller must give us our bearings first. He must answer for us, "Who are these characters? What elements are present (desires, alliances, struggles, etc.) and how do they connect or collide? Favreau clearly loves comics (including Daredevil) and being a part in bringing them to the movie screen, whether via cameo or director's chair. (He's got my vote of gratitude right there.) And he does a good job of interspersing the action with the exposition. The 1st Fantastic 4 movie didn't balance so well: other than a few stunts there was no action until the last 5-10 minutes of the film...and it was no crescendo by any means! This movie advances in 3 Acts, which is very traditional. Act 1: The abduction of Tony Stark and the invention of Iron Man, leading to a dynamic shift in his character, and the development of his motive. Act 2: A buildup--we meet all the players, discover their relationship dynamics, see the development of the suit and the "suitor" (a-la-Who's the Boss.) We especially learn the powers and limitations of the suit, and then the alliances shift... Act 3: The climax--including an attack and counter attack which play on both the strengths and the limitations of both the suits and the relationships we've learned about thus far. And then the (by now) much welcome setup for a sequel. (That's why they call it a "franchise.") And trust me Mr. Boris (and his fellow detractors,) there's more than enough compelling storyline in the 300+ issues of Iron Man comic books to make a sequel that rocks. So to sum it up, yes my girlfriend likes this as much as I do, but I confess I haven't read more than a dozen issues of Iron Man in my life. There is romance, sardonic wit, a few plot twists, CG that one-ups the Transformers movie, some infinitely quotable one-liners, and plenty of humor. True fans want to see their imaginations realized onscreen--they want to see Iron Man flex his muscle and use his gadgets. I predict fans will leave quite satisfied. Girlfriends and other newbies to the Iron Man storyline want to see Robert Downey Jr. make a respectably-spotlit comeback into pop-cinema, and they need a good dose of "Iron Man 101" to understand what's happening. I predict they will leave as fans, baited with the desire to learn more and see more of this iconic superhero. Robert Downey Jr. does Iron Man justice, but the trick isn't being inside a suit and launching tank-poppers. What RD Jr. does best is breathe life and accuracy into Tony Stark...like your favorite NBA team, he has the look, and all the game to go with it. This movie juggles 2 storylines. One, about a jet-bashing, computer-guided robo-suit (that kicks RoboCop's dated can.) It's also about a dynamic person with believable, relatable issues (which trumps Peter Weller's "Murphy" in every way.) It is a comic book movie. And it's the best one to date, in my opinion. Like Mr. Boris, I want more from Iron Man, and I realize there are only 2 ways to get it: sequels and return-trips to the cinema! (I wouldn't complain about either.) P.S.> Did I mention that I LOVE Paul Bettany for the role of Jarvis? That's just icing on the cake.

Godsinger

I'm going to address Mr. Boris's comments first, then the movie itself. In his review (below) he complains simultaneously that this comic book movie doesn't have enough action. Then he complains that it is not more dramatically derived from stage-style storytelling. So does he want Terminator 2 or Casablanca? Then he goes on to tell us he wants and expects more, but he's dreading sequels. Let's get our heads screwed on straight...all together now...are you with us, Mr. Boris? This is a comic book movie. The story quality is aimed for the mind of a teenager. That's how comics work. People don't go to superhero movies expecting mental flickers of Shakespeare. This will not be Casablanca or Hamlet. Drama is in the other section; this is Action. Nevertheless, this being the first in the Iron Man franchise, the storyteller must give us our bearings first. He must answer for us, "Who are these characters? What elements are present (desires, alliances, struggles, etc.) and how do they connect or collide? Favreau clearly loves comics (including Daredevil) and being a part in bringing them to the movie screen, whether via cameo or director's chair. (He's got my vote of gratitude right there.) And he does a good job of interspersing the action with the exposition. The 1st Fantastic 4 movie didn't balance so well: other than a few stunts there was no action until the last 5-10 minutes of the film...and it was no crescendo by any means! This movie advances in 3 Acts, which is very traditional. Act 1: The abduction of Tony Stark and the invention of Iron Man, leading to a dynamic shift in his character, and the development of his motive. Act 2: A buildup--we meet all the players, discover their relationship dynamics, see the development of the suit and the "suitor" (a-la-Who's the Boss.) We especially learn the powers and limitations of the suit, and then the alliances shift... Act 3: The climax--including an attack and counter attack which play on both the strengths and the limitations of both the suits and the relationships we've learned about thus far. And then the (by now) much welcome setup for a sequel. (That's why they call it a "franchise.") And trust me Mr. Boris (and his fellow detractors,) there's more than enough compelling storyline in the 300+ issues of Iron Man comic books to make a sequel that rocks. So to sum it up, yes my girlfriend likes this as much as I do, but I confess I haven't read more than a dozen issues of Iron Man in my life. There is romance, sardonic wit, a few plot twists, CG that one-ups the Transformers movie, some infinitely quotable one-liners, and plenty of humor. True fans want to see their imaginations realized onscreen--they want to see Iron Man flex his muscle and use his gadgets. I predict fans will leave quite satisfied. Girlfriends and other newbies to the Iron Man storyline want to see Robert Downey Jr. make a respectably-spotlit comeback into pop-cinema, and they need a good dose of "Iron Man 101" to understand what's happening. I predict they will leave as fans, baited with the desire to learn more and see more of this iconic superhero. Robert Downey Jr. does Iron Man justice, but the trick isn't being inside a suit and launching tank-poppers. What RD Jr. does best is breathe life and accuracy into Tony Stark...like your favorite NBA team, he has the look, and all the game to go with it. This movie juggles 2 storylines. One, about a jet-bashing, computer-guided robo-suit (that kicks RoboCop's dated can.) It's also about a dynamic person with believable, relatable issues (which trumps Peter Weller's "Murphy" in every way.) It is a comic book movie. And it's the best one to date, in my opinion. Like Mr. Boris, I want more from Iron Man, and I realize there are only 2 ways to get it: sequels and return-trips to the cinema! (I wouldn't complain about either.) P.S.> Did I mention that I LOVE Paul Bettany for the role of Jarvis? That's just icing on the cake.

stuie

This is a terrific film. RDJ is great and the effects are top notch.

stuie

This is a terrific film. RDJ is great and the effects are top notch.

CHRISTINE

I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT COMICS! BUT THIS WAS ENTERTAINING, NOT TO MENTION, ROBERT DOWNEY HAS BECOME EYE CANDY IN HIS 40'S!!!

Mike

Just to keep it short, I enjoyed the movie, not as good as Batman Begins say, but better than most of the comic movies that I have seen, with a bit more character development and backstory. The one thing that I felt was lacking was that it needed more fight sequences! More chances to see the suit systems in action. But then they are no doubt saving that up for the sequel. I can't wait!

Mike

Just to keep it short, I enjoyed the movie, not as good as Batman Begins say, but better than most of the comic movies that I have seen, with a bit more character development and backstory. The one thing that I felt was lacking was that it needed more fight sequences! More chances to see the suit systems in action. But then they are no doubt saving that up for the sequel. I can't wait!

louie

whoever wrote that review should be sacked, i thought this was one of the greatest superhero movies for a long time, an a must watch for any comic fan.

louie

whoever wrote that review should be sacked, i thought this was one of the greatest superhero movies for a long time, an a must watch for any comic fan.

bloy

Great fun, intro (how he becomes iron man) is a little long but Downey is great. Left pretty satisfied looking forward to next one.

Frankiee

THIS IS AWESOME!! it was real good and as well as Louise below i thought it would be a real male film but it was great! And robert downy jr was hitting the sezy notes spot on!

Frankiee

THIS IS AWESOME!! it was real good and as well as Louise below i thought it would be a real male film but it was great! And robert downy jr was hitting the sezy notes spot on!

wrestler 18

Absouletly rubbish. Fantasy film. Never gonna watch this movie ever again.No real story line. Do not see this movie!

Nick

This film was simply amazing. From start to finish i was on the edge of my seat. Whoever gave this film a bad review is crazy. Or lied about watching the film.

Nick

This film was simply amazing. From start to finish i was on the edge of my seat. Whoever gave this film a bad review is crazy. Or lied about watching the film.

James

Best film i have seen for along time. Not only is dowey fantasic, he pulls off swave scenes almost as good as Bond. Probably for the older Marvel fans, but atention grabbing from start to finish. Great film and a must see!!!!

James

Best film i have seen for along time. Not only is dowey fantasic, he pulls off swave scenes almost as good as Bond. Probably for the older Marvel fans, but atention grabbing from start to finish. Great film and a must see!!!!

UnbeatenMonk

The best 'superhero' movie so far. Robert Downie Jnr was am inspired choice for Tony Stark. And lets face it the Iron Man armour is the boy toy to end all boy toys

UnbeatenMonk

The best 'superhero' movie so far. Robert Downie Jnr was am inspired choice for Tony Stark. And lets face it the Iron Man armour is the boy toy to end all boy toys

Roz

I think it got a bit corny at times but apart from that the film was wicked and all of the cast did a great job. A truly brilliant tale of heroes and the modern world

Roz

I think it got a bit corny at times but apart from that the film was wicked and all of the cast did a great job. A truly brilliant tale of heroes and the modern world

chris

spot on! it was AWEOSME!!! whoever has slated it really doesn't know a brlliant film when they see one! possibly the best marvel film, but so caringly balanced to hopefully make a perfect trilogy, i think IRON MAN is a movie for adults, a mature marvel film. i don't think someone with the attention span of a 4 year old would enjoy this! hence the negative comments....

chris

spot on! it was AWEOSME!!! whoever has slated it really doesn't know a brlliant film when they see one! possibly the best marvel film, but so caringly balanced to hopefully make a perfect trilogy, i think IRON MAN is a movie for adults, a mature marvel film. i don't think someone with the attention span of a 4 year old would enjoy this! hence the negative comments....

Wolfy Girl

That movie was /amazing/ ! I'm going to see it again on Saturday :D I loved it so much & I didn't know about Iron Man beofre ;P Go Marvel! lol x

Wolfy Girl

That movie was /amazing/ ! I'm going to see it again on Saturday :D I loved it so much & I didn't know about Iron Man beofre ;P Go Marvel! lol x

Mike in Plymouth

This film was great! Good script, and effects will blow you away. Downey Jr was awsome as both the egotistical amorous billionaire (too believable) and the troubled humanitarian. One for the boys and enough to keep the girls happy.

Mike in Plymouth

This film was great! Good script, and effects will blow you away. Downey Jr was awsome as both the egotistical amorous billionaire (too believable) and the troubled humanitarian. One for the boys and enough to keep the girls happy.

munni

finally a marvel movie that doesn't suck, a.k.a spider man. boo to whoever casted toby mcguire as peter parker...boooooooo iron man rocks. can't wait for the dark knight....ooh, i get goose bumps just thinking about it.

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