In 2008, Paramount released Iron Man. It starred an all-star cast, featured cutting edge special effects, and began the process of creating a Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Jon Favreau and brings an iconic Marvel superhero into the modern world.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a genius, playboy, billionaire, engineer, and philanthropist. He runs his father’s company Stark Industries with family friend Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) and assistant Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
While testing out a new “repulsor” missile with his friend, Air Force Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Terrence Howard), he is captured by the Ten Rings terrorist group and seriously injured. With the help of a brilliant doctor Yinsen (Shaun Toub), he builds a mechanical suit to allow him to escape, though Yinsen is killed in the process. Realizing the terrorists stole his technology, he vows to not make weapons anymore and builds a suit of armor to destroy the weapons stolen from him.
This movie was the first. It kicked off an entire movie franchise that is still going strong. It deserved massive accolades, though it got barely a nod at the Academy Awards.
Favreau took a chance casting Downey, Jr. in the role of Tony Stark. Paramount had tried to force other actors, including Tom Cruise, onto the film, but Favreau held his ground. His bet paid off. No one else could play this part the way Downey has. In the ensuing films, he continues to nail the role.
As for the rest of the cast, they are spot on. Paltrow may be a tad odd in as a person, but she truly shines as Potts.
The visual effects are impressive. For the time, they used incredible, cutting edge technology and did their best to use true scientific knowledge while creating this film. All I can do is heap praise on it. It is amazing.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I am Iron Man.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, Violence, Brief Sex Scene
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This article has been updated from a previous version.