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||Robert Downey Jr., Terrence
Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Samuel L. Jackson,
||It's a little more
adult with Tony Stark being a womanizer, but most of the 8+
year olds in the theater seemed okay with it.
||I think the Tony
Stark/"Pepper" Potts interaction will keep them happy.
||Tony does get it
on with a reporter (Leslie Bibb), then leaves her to find
her own way out of his house.
||It's about a dude
who designs weapons for the military, what do you think?
chasing going on.
||Quite a few good
||Iron Man saving
the town from the warlords in full Iron Man mode.
||Hot girl to Tony:
Tony: "Sure don't."
||Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
First off Iíve got to give props to Robert Downey Jr. for
maybe being the most committed actor to a role, ever. I
mean, who else would let filmmakers drill a four-inch hole in
their chest and stick a tin-can inside of it to hold this
glowing, white, power source. And second off, with all props
to Spider-Man (especially since my secret identity as Tobey
Maguire every now and then spills out), Iím pretty sure I
have a new superhero idol, and that idol is "Iron Man."
A Movie Review
Damn, I just loved this movie.
So Robert Downey Jr. plays Tony Stark, and heís got the
cute assistant, "Pepper" Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Tony is
the mastermind behind many weapons for the military and his
company, Stark Industries, has made him the superstar of
weaponís design. Heís popular with the ladies, has maybe the
coolest house and coolest jet ever, and would rather be at a
craps table in Las Vegas than at an awards ceremony in his
In Afghanistan for the demonstration of his latest weapon,
his security detail gets ambushed, Tony gets captured, and
the bad guys want Tony to recreate his latest weapon so that
they can have one for their own. But Tony, with the help of
fellow prisoner Yinsen (Shaun Toub), builds the first Iron
Man prototype, also learns that his weapons are falling
into the wrong hands, and from Yinsen realizes that maybe there are better things
to be doing with his life than building weapons.
So Tony escapes his captors, finds himself back in
California with his chest-implanted energy source, and
announces he is done designing weapons, much to the dismay
of Obadih (Jeff Bridges), his right-hand business partner,
and giving stock dude Jim Cramer, in a fantastic cameo,
great material for his "Mad Money" show, analyzing the
fictional Stark Industries corporation. But Tony sees a
vision for his Iron Man suit, namely in the name of doing
good, builds a perfected version, but doesnít realize until
later that there are those around him trying to undermine,
and sure, kill him. Of course this leads to the climactic
battle with someone he thought he could trust, and if you
like the movie, also leads you to sitting through the
credits to see the set-up for the next "Iron Man" movie
(yes, sit through the credits, all of them, and don't give
up when you are thinking "Do I really care who the best boy
Now as much as I like the thought of just getting bit by
a spider to get superpowers, I think what has always drawn
me to characters like Batman, and now this version of Iron
Man (the comic book version, at least from the Marvel bio I
read, is a lot more complicated), is the fact that without
their suits they are totally vulnerable and their reasons
for being superheroes has more to do with the mental and
technical prowess rather than being lucky enough to be on a
planet with a yellow sun.
Some people might be a little frustrated with "Iron Man"
because there is an awful lot of set-up (even when Tony is
prototype version) before we get to see Iron Man in his full
glory, in a fantastic scene where he saves a town from the
ravages of the warlords, but I found most of it fascinating,
especially since I had no idea the back-story how Tony Stark
became Iron Man. I also pretty much loved every performance.
When the project was announced and people were told Robert
Downey Jr. was going to be Tony there was a lot of
wondering if it would work, but for this movie version of
the character I found him fantastic. I liked Gwyneth Paltrow
as the assistant torn between wanting to sleep with Tony,
yet knowing she can do more for Tony by not going there, and
who knew Jeff Bridges could be such a good villain? Watch out for the Stan Lee cameo because itís pretty funny,
and I even liked Terrence Howard as Tonyís military
buddy, Jim Rhodes, having to sometimes clean up some of
I almost hate to give "Iron Man" 5 stars out of 5 because
that leaves no room for the sequel to get a higher rating if
I like it more. But Iíve got to compare it to something
similar, for me that is the "Spider-Man" franchise, and with
that Iím leaving my rating at 5 stars. "Iron Man" is a
little more adult than "Spider-Man," I guess mostly because
Tony Stark is the cool, hip, womanizer businessman, whereas
Peter Parker is a nerd, but thatís okay, our superheroes
have to come from all walks of life, donít they?
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!
Oh yea, one last thing, I know Robert Downey Jr. didnít
actually get a hole drilled in his chest and have a tin-can
implanted in it, though the visual effect in the movie was
that good, Iím just dying to see if someone rattles of an
e-mail comment calling me a moron without getting to the
bottom of this review. That and it sounded like a funner
opening paragraph. L8R!