Iron Man (2008)
|Writers:||Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby|
|Released:||Thursday, May 1, 2008|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
This film contains a scene during or after the credits.
After surviving an unexpected attack in enemy territory, jet-setting industrialist Tony Stark builds a high-tech suit of armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man. Straight from the pages of the legendary comic book, Iron Man is a hero who is built - not born - to be unlike any other.
Iron Man Deleted Scene Online at Access Hollywood 8/15/2008 9:28 AM EDT
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Iron Man Theatrical Review
The Iron Man suit makes him incredibly strong, able to sustain massive damage, and gives him weapons (repulsor force-beams) he can use to fly or strike with. As the character develops he becomes an alcoholic at times--a cripple. Sometimes he gets his heart broken. Iron Man, despite having an unbreakable shell to fight in, is anything but invincible.
In the movie the first stroke of genius is, as we've seen before, in the casting. Robert Downey Jr. has made a life out of being likable enough to stay out of jail despite multiple convictions for cocaine. He's mastered the heart-melting puppy-dog eyes--and it's easy to believe he can be ruthless when it comes to getting his way. As Stark, he's perfect.
According to sources he improvised a lot of the dialog including the "I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once" line from the trailer. Downey also had a hand in the writing process, moving in next door to director Jon Favreau. Downey is a huge fan of the Marvel character and said he'd make a bunch more movies if he could. Not all the characters in the show get such a good ride though.
The unfortunately named Pepper Pots, played by Gwyneth Paltrow is Stark's secretary and assistant who has a crush on her playboy boss--but he takes her for granted. He also takes his Air Force liaison Jim Rhodes (Terrence Howard) for granted as he ignores awards ceremonies, and relies on him when the chips are down. If anything, Iron Man becomes a study in how people with power, money, and charisma can get by in life on the shoulders of others--who often suffer for it. This definitely applies to the fictional Stark. I found myself wondering, as I watched, how much it applied to Downey.
Despite this, however, the movie is not grim. For a superhero movie it's remarkably upbeat: the characters look like they're having fun in their roles--while no one is flying for real, whatever was going on with the sets made me think they were actually doing something close to "practical" with the special effects. Certainly Downey really did wear the suit (he discussed how hard it was to get in and out of it--and a great deal of work was made on the transitions from practical to CGI).
The movie is envisioned as part of a trilogy (at least) and the next installments will give us Tony's alcoholism, a love triangle with Paltrow's character, and so on--but for now the story is white hot action-adventure with enough heart and soul under the titanium shell to keep you watching. Iron Man is high octane superhero fun and it's polished so well it metaphorically sparkles (another two viewers found it almost too polished).
A few things for Marvel fans:
- You can see the rough-cut of the War Machine armor that Howard will wear in future films.
- This post attempts to tackle the question: Was Black Sabbath's Iron Man based on the Marvel character... or not?
-- Marco Chacon
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