Reviewed Aug 20, 2012
Kevin Kennedy’s review:
In my mind this is the best marvel movie. Robert Downey Junior nails his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Plus the origin story is something else, because he is so different from the other marvel origin stories. He started out with everything; money, fame, a brilliant mind, and the ability to make any women his. But all that changes when a trip to showoff his new weapon goes wrong as terrorists kidnap him during an attack, and hold him hostage to build them the newest bomb he showed off. This event shook him and made him a whole new person; a person that can give the world his brilliance in the form of a super hero. A man in a high tech iron suit.
In many ways (except with Tony's parents not killed by a thug) he is Marvel's Batman. He is rich, he has the technology, the brilliance, and the constitution to do good for the world, to defend those who are weak. But he still enjoys being the playboy philanthropist that he is so I guess he is an imperfect hero. Who isn't?
The supporting cast is great too. Gwyneth Paltrow does a pretty good job of being Tony's assistant/ voice of reason. She gives Tony a hard time because if she didn't he would be lost, plus there is something more going on than just a professional relationship. We also have Obidiah Stane (played by Jeff Bridges) as the fake nice guy/ The dude who wants to overthrow Tony from the company due to Tony's decision to make Stark Industries an arms dealer no longer. I enjoyed Jeff Bridges in anything he does. He is like a picture perfect render of most corrupt businessmen, they may seem nice to you, but in the end they are just playing you like a violin. The other cast is fine and all, including Terrence Howard as Tony's Buddy Rhodey even though his acting is somewhat below par. With this and awesome action scenes and special effects this movie is highly enjoyable and should not be missed.