Summer movie season is upon us!

Is Iron Man a good start? Queue up the Black Sabbath and click “Read More” for my review.

Iron Man

Cast & Crew

Directed by Jon Favreau
Story by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway

Starring

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Terence Howard as Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes
Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts

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Summary

Tony Stark, billionaire, playboy weapons manufacturer is critically injured in Afganistan and forced to build high-yeild missles for a power hungry warlord. Instead, he builds a suit of powered armor and breaks free. Returning home, he annouces an end to his weapon-building days. Instead he wants to protect the people he puts in harms way. Needless to say it doesn’t go over well with his business partner, Obadiah Stane.

Review

The summer is off to a good start. This movie has its faults, sure, but it’s fun from start to finish. The dialog is crisp and the characters are enjoyable. About the biggest complaint I have is that there are too few action scenes. The few we get are awesome, but seem too few in the long run.

High Points

  • All the fight scenes
  • Building the Mark II suit
  • "Taking out the trash"

Low Point

  • Too few action sequences
  • Rhodes’ isn’t much of an addition.
    (To be fair, much of his role ended up on the cutting room floor)

The Scores

Originality: Obviously, a comic book adaptation gets a point or two knocked off for this area. But even so, Iron Man is definitely a unique breed of superhero. 4

Effects: The suit is incredible, all three. You get a feel for the weight from how it moves and reacts with the world around it. Also, I so want Stark’s User Interface. Makes the Minority Report interface look like DOS. 5

Story: All origin stories seem to have the same pacing issues, and this one is no different. There also seemed to be a missed opportunity to build up/tear down the Stark/Stane relationship. Because what’s a super hero without "Father Issues?" 4

Acting: Great work from a great cast. I mean, lets face it, Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. There wasn’t a lot of extra research required for this role. And I hope Paltrow’s role as the "smart damsel" catches on. There are moments where she gets in trouble, but can think her way out of it. I think we’ve all had enough of the screaming redhead. 5

Emotional Response: It’s a fun movie, but there are only a few times it elicits a strong emotional response. Sure, there exhiliration at the fights, but there could have been more "heroic" moments like Iron Man’s saving an entire village. 4

Production: Hats off to the crew that had to build the Mark I suit. That’s dedication and attention to detail. Also kudos to the robot puppeteers. Great job bringing emotion to inanimate objects. 5

Overall: An excellent start to what I’m sure will be a 2 or 3 film franchise. 5

Total: 32 out of 42