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Review of Iron Man (5 stars) May 1, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Stuff, Other Random Stuff.
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Iron Man

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Iron Man is an action filled spectacle that will leave you begging for more. The movie opens with a bang (quite literally), as Tony experiences the explosion that will change his life within the first few minutes of the movie. After quickly showing that he has been kidnapped by Middle-Eastern terrorists, the movie jumps back in time 36 hours to show the audience who Tony Stark is, and why he was in Afghanistan in the first place. This flashback gives a humorous view into the arrogance and “jerkiness” that is Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. plays this part so well that you can’t help but love this egotistical jerk, instead of loathing him (which we all probably would if we were to meet him). Here we also meet the supporting characters Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, Obadiah Stane, and Jarvis (who is now a computer program).

As the movie catches back up to the present we learn that Dr. Yinsen has saved Tony’s life by installing an electromagnet in his chest, which is keeping the shrapnel from entering his heart, and he will therefore need it for the rest of his life. Together, he and Tony are commanded to build a Jericho missile (a new powerful missile invented by Tony earlier) or face death. The two agree, but secretly work on building the Mark One armor. With the explosion within the first five minutes of the movie, and the first donning of the Iron Man armor a little over a half hour after that, this movie is certainly not one to make the audience wait. Once the armor is finished, the two escape and the terrorist compound is destroyed, but not before Yinsen is killed in the attempt by the terrorists. Tony tries to fly away, but does not get too far before his armor fails and he crashes in the desert, leaving behind the pieces of the now broken suit, he walks into the desert before later being found by U.S. helicopters.

Once back in America, he vows that Stark Industries will no longer construct weapons, and later learns that Stark Industries has been making weapons deals “under the table” with several terrorist cells, including the one he was captured by. With the economic ramifications of his earlier pledge, Obadiah is left trying to explain to the rest of the company how they are still going to make profits. Tony meanwhile, improves his original designs on his armor through many humorous scenes of trial and error, and decides to use it to destroy all of his weapons that are in the hands of terrorists. The scene showing this is pure nonstop action, as he first takes on the terrorists personally (also showing that Tony is not afraid to kill) before taking on tanks, and finally as he leaves the now liberated village, he must escape from Air Force jets who have mistaken him for a hostile weapon.

As hints of a future romance are shown between Tony and Pepper, we learn that Obadiah was the one who was dealing with the terrorists and that he hired them to kill Tony. Obadiah steals the remnants and blue prints of the Mark One armor from the terrorists to design his own Iron Monger armor. When Pepper learns of this by stealing the information from Obadiah’s computer, the movie enters its final act as Pepper, along with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, attempt to arrest Obadiah, who then enters the Iron Monger armor to take them down. Iron Man enters to save the day, and we get an epic downtown brawl, reminiscent of last years’ Transformers, between the two. Iron Man, of course ends up winning, and this leads to mass media’s knowledge of his existence. Later, Tony calls a press conference, and, with the help of S.H.I.E.L.D., decides to cover up any ties between himself and Iron Man, only to change his mind halfway through and reveal the truth: “I am Iron Man.” Cue credits. This was the perfect and unexpected ending to the movie, leaving the door wide open for a sequel, but if this wasn’t enough, we still have the scene after the credits. Here, Tony enters his house to find Nick Fury (in the form of Samuel L. Jackson, no less!) who wants to talk about the “Avengers Initiative,” opening up to a whole different kind of “sequel.” Overall, this movie was absolutely pleasing, as both a comics fan and a movie fan. This is potentially (though I will need more time to decide) the best superhero film yet, and is a definite must no matter what kind of movies you like.

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1. patrick - May 6, 2008

Iron Man was practically flawless as a super hero flick; it drops pretty obvious hints that would indicate a sequel as well… i’m thinking the next one should be equally great

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