Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man by Black Sabbath
I am Iron Man!
"Iron Man" is one of the best super hero origin movies, I have ever seen. Based off the popular Marvel Comics character, the film tells the story of a multi-billionaire, playboy, and weapons industrialist, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), whom gets kidnapped by a bunch of terrorists known as the "Ten Rings." Forced to build them a deadly missile, Tony soon starts to feel guilty as he sees how his inventions are stolen and used by the same terrorists; they were meant to protect the world against. It's from there Tony decides to use his mechanical genius to build the Iron Man suit prototype, in which to escape and use his industrialist resources for good rather than war purposes. However, along the way, he discovers all is not what it seems as CEO, Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), has plans of his own for Stark Industries. Poised with humor, action, a bit of romance, and drama, this film is definitely one of the funnest films I've ever seen. Unlike most super hero origin films, where it gets heavily bogged down with cliche love stories and self loathed depression, "Iron Man" offers a much lighter tone as it shows a protagonist whom not only is comfortable with who he is, but wants to undo the injustice done by his corporation over the years. Without the needless thirst for revenge or guilt to become a hero. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Terrence Howard (Rhodey), and Jeff Bridges were great in their perspective roles, and Jon Favreau does a good job implementing the right tone for the film. Overall, "Iron Man is definitely one of the best comic book based films out there to date.
Featuring some of the best CGI, ever displayed in a film of this genre. Allowing for the viewer to vaguely distinct between the actual actor themselves, within the costumes, to the CGI animation. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have a great story arc to go along with the eye candy.
Unlike most super hero films, where the protagonist is portrayed to have a troubled past, or does something that causes him to feel ridden with the pressures of protecting society. Or emphasize a heavily cliche driven romance story. "Iron Man" has a different style all its' own. Creating a more lighter "tongue and cheek" feeling to the story, that allows the viewer to feel immersed into the movie without feeling overly bogged down with petty self loathing. To which sadly, many super hero films tend to over do.
Robert Downey does a great job playing the unlikely hero of this movie. Lending some his charismatic wit and charm to the character. Where instead of being a would be outcast like Peter Parker (Spider-Man), or some self loathing Bruce Wayne (Batman) type, Tony Stark starts off as a eccentric billionaire playboy, whom is completely self absorbed in his life as he constantly craves the attention of so many beautiful girls, while sometime ignoring the sweet affections of his assistant, Pepper Potts. However, due to his experience of seeing his inventions wreaking havoc on so many innocent lives, he decides to dedicate his life to protecting the people from the inventions he created. Without the heavy emphasis on the guilt part. Thus, allows for the audience to see Stark's transformation from a self absorbed individual to a hero, without the heavy melodrama, which in turns makes it that much for fun to watch.
"Iron Man" is definitely one of the best super hero films to date. Featuring a solid cast and great story arc, this film fails to disappoint. I highly recommend it. Plus, fans will definitely want to watch this film, at the end of the credits, to see the special cameo, that could spell for bigger things for this character and its' franchise.
The Iron Man Theme Song of the 1960's Cartoon
Jon Favreau interview after making first Iron Man movie
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