I was really excited about this movie for a number of reasons – I’m a big fan of the comic (I used to collect this one as a kid) and because they cast Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (which as a filmmaker I thought was a brilliant move). And suffice it to say that the movie doesn’t disappoint.
By now, most people have seen the film that were interested in it, but if you’re someone who’s been holding out on renting the DVD, just FYI – it’s worth it.
Jon Favreau does a great job directing this film and capturing the spirit of the comic and steering into a great action movie. It’s got some great character development as we see the evolution of Tony Stark’s ego-maniacal business man into someone that genuinely wants to help people. His revelation stems from him becoming a prisoner of some evil doers that just happen to be one of his customers (his company makes much of it’s bread and butter from building weapons). Through his imprisonment he sees the type of people first hand that he’s helping with his weapons.
Once he manages his escape (through the first Iron Man prototype), he has a change of heart and decides to turn the tables and go after the people that have been using his products for some very bad things.
From there the tension, action and character development continues. The character development was one of the welcome surprises to this film, you expected the action from it being based on a comic but the writers also did a really great job in getting into Tony Stark’s head and crafting his evolution as a person while still keeping him fun and interesting along the way. Robert Downey Jr. does an excellent job portraying Stark and seems to have been born to play this character.
I won’t spoil the rest for you, but again, you won’t be disappointed. Some other fine performances do emerge with Jeff Bridges as Stark’s partner, Terence Howard (who is being replaced by Don Cheadle in the next film under some strange circumstances) and Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s assistant/possible love interest who’s role is surprisingly small for someone of her stature.
Check out Iron Man!
reviewed by Sean McKnight