Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Written By: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 6 min
Iron Man is such a good movie, and a solid example of a film that uses CGI effects as a tool to tell a great story. Quite often it’s sadly the other way round. This production is patient, and takes its time setting up credible characters the audience can root for. Robert Downey Jr plays Tony Stark to perfection as the billionaire weapons inventor, who learns to use his knowledge and resources for good. The technology on display is fantastic and yet believable. This again, is due to the patient build up. We see the technology evolve, as Tony refines his ideas, and performs multiple tests. Iron Man also provides a really nice balance of drama, effects, character and humor. It’s pretty much the perfect summer blockbuster.
This is such a well written and balanced film, I believe this will entertain comic fans as well as people new to the Iron Man character. The action is nicely staged and shot, and the CGI effects always serve the story and never get over the top.
Best viewing format:
This is a big screen movie. The Iron Man suit looks great, so if you ever come across a big screen showing, go for it. Other wise a HD viewing at home is a must.
Best moment for me: << spoiler >>
There are many great moments in the film. But my favorite has to be the very last line when Tony Stark tells the press he’s Iron Man. It was actually such a relief in a way. That we wouldn’t have the same old superhero drama of the hero constantly trying to hide his or her identity. This single line gets that out of the way, letting us move forward and explore the implications of this revelation in the sequels.