Iron Man (2008)
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is owner and the mastermind behind the weapons production at Stark Industries. When he goes to the Middle East to show off his new Jericho Missile, his caravan is attacked and he is taken prisoner but not before one of his own weapons sends shrapnel into Tony’s chest. When he awakes in his prison cell, a fellow prisoner named Yinsen (Shaun Toub) has constructed an electromagnet out of a car battery to keep the shards from entering his heart. Tony’s captors want him to construct a Jericho Missile out of scrapes before they “will let him free,” but Tony knows they won’t and constructs a suit of metal to get him out alive. This suit of metal is the prototype to his Iron Man weapon he creates when he gets back to the states and uses it to protect, not only the United States, but his own company from destruction.
Just as Patrick Stewart was born to play Professor X, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark and plays the part as if he was acting in his own life. Unlike the Marvel franchise movies of X-men and Spider-man that came before, Iron Man took a different approach to comic book movies and made it darker (for a while). The first half of the movie feels like a war movie about prisoners who don’t know if they will make it home alive and the second half is all action and comic book flair. Iron Man was also made for something bigger then just 1 franchise. The Avengers was planned and Iron Man was the film to begin the introduction of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) with the hidden scene at the end of the credits. Appearing on my personal top 100 list, Iron Man is sleek and stylish and has sequels that followed. Co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Jon Favreau, and Leslie Bibb.
9/10 Stars – Superbly cast and a lot of fun, Iron Man sets the bar very high for comic book movies.
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