If Iron Man is any indication, this summer could be one of the best summers ever for movie buffs. The first film of the summer sets the tone, and Iron Man has exited the gates, garnering rave reviews from both fans and critics, and washing away the bad taste of last summer’s big May movie Spider-Man 3. all our mouths.
Iron Man is a Marvel comic book character who made his debut in 1963. The character is still alive and kicking in the comic book world, most recently as a central figure in Marvel’s Civil War mini-series, as a member of the Mighty Avengers, and in two of his own monthly comic books.
Comic book fans have been eagerly awaiting the Iron Man movie ever since the cast was announced, and especially after some footage was shown at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. Well, the wait is over, and the movie is absolutely worth the wait!
Robert Downey, Jr. plays Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist who has developed fortune-telling weapons for the US government. He lives a lavish playboy lifestyle, with Scotch in one hand and a supermodel by his side. While in the Middle East for a weapons demo for the US government, his convoy is attacked and taken prisoner by the bad guys using his company’s weapons. The shrapnel slowly destroys his heart as a result of the bombing, so another captive, (a scientist/surgeon no less), attaches him to a car battery and uses an electro-magnet to prevent the pieces from hitting him. makes. Stark’s prisoners want him to build missiles for them, but he has other plans.
Long story short, Stark wields a suit of armor that helps him escape. Back in America and still troubled by the fact that his weapons have fallen into enemy hands, he vows to build weapons and goes to work on a new suit of armor that will help him defeat the bad guys. Will do Little does he know that the worst of the worst is his closest friend, (watch the movie to know who he is).
Iron Man is one of the best superhero movies of all time for several reasons: First, Robert Downey, Jr., was born to play Tony Stark and stole the movie. He brings humor, drama and action to Tony Stark/Iron Man, and makes him a character that audiences can care about and identify with. He is surrounded by an A-list supporting cast, which includes Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, (Stark’s assistant), Terrence Howard, his friends, Jim Rhodes and Jeff Bridges, and his mentor, Obedia as Stan. All these actors bring their comic book characters to life on the big screen.
The story is simple, yet compelling, thanks to a great screenplay and dialogues. There are some great moments for comic book fans, but you don’t have to be a fanboy or girl to dig the movie. *Attention to comic book fans and regular audiences alike, make sure you stay in the theater until the end of the credits for a really cool cameo that sets the stage for future Marvel movies.
The special effects are outstanding, especially iron man armor Developed by Stan Winston Studios, (Aliens, Predator, Terminator, Jurassic Park). There is nothing that looks fake or fake. The action sequences are well done and thrilling.
A chime in Iron Man’s armor might be music. The score is cookie-cutter Hans Zimmer fare, as you hear in many Jerry Bruckheimer movies. There’s really no Iron Man “theme,” but the score works quite well as background music and helps propel the action.
It is the first film to be fully financed by Marvel under its new Marvel Studios division, and it is a home-run. One of the possible interactions between different Marvel properties in the same film that sets it up is that some of the characters are in films under the Marvel Studios banner. Rumors are swirling that Tony Stark will appear in The Incredible Hulk (another Marvel Studios film) due out in June. And, Marvel announced future Marvel Studios projects this week, including Iron Man 2 and Thor in 2010 and Captain America and the Avengers film in 2011. The future looks bright for Marvel Studios and comic book fans.
Iron Man is rated PG-13 for language and violence and I got a solid “A” rating.