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Iron Man

 

The Diva's review of
Iron Man(2008)

 

Iron Man
Rated; running time of 2 hours and 6 minutes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Written by : Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Cast Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir
Theatrical release Date: 5/2/08



WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) was a child prodigy in math and physics and took over his father’s weapons company when he was 21. It’s now 20 years later and with the help of dear old dad’s best friend, Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), he has created a billion dollar company. He’s a playboy and a cad. Arrogant and over confident. This arrogance takes him to Afghanistan, to show off his latest weapon. . His 5 minute presentation is followed by a convoy back to the plane.

Leaving his best friend , Colonel Jim Rhodes (Terrence Howard) behind, he and the convoy set off only to be ambushed. Everyone save Tony is killed. He wakes up to find himself and being kept alive by a car battery. The battery is powering a contraption that is keeping shrapnel fragments from his heart. A make shift device was put together by Yinsen (Shaun Toub), a local man who will also assist him in his next task. He has been ordered by tribal leader, Raza (Faran Tahir) to recreate his missile. But instead Tony creates a massive suit of Iron that he will use to escape.

And escape he does and heads back home to his devoted assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Some would go back to the way there were. Not Tony. Afghanistan changed him. He saw his own weapons used for the opposite purpose for which they were intended. He no longer wants his company to produce weapons. Well in a billion dollar industry, the shareholders don’t want to hear that and they pooh-pooh Tony as suffering from PTSD. Rather than give in, he begins to pour his energy into making his suit. And it’s a good thing, because the suit he left behind in Afghanistan is being re-purposed and only he can stop the impending danger.

The Dish

First 100 million dollar movie of the season. I promise you. And not just for comic book fans. I’ve never in my life read an Iron Man comic and I loved this movie. I don’t think they could have chosen a better Tony Stark. Robert Downey was perfect. And I’m so happy for him. He has had his battles and he has been around for some time and he really deserves to have this amazing character in an awesome movie that I suspect will be loved by fans and critics alike.

The story falls apart a bit in the end, but that doesn’t take away from the overall execution of the plot. The special effect are fantastic and the humor interspersed throughout keeps the story moving. I seriously can not wait for the next installment as I’m sure there will be one.

And I appreciated the care that was taken to ensure the entire family can watch this. It’s a little violent, but a solid PG-13

The Directive

Go see it.

3BC Ratings

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Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2008
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