Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a billionaire and advanced weapons manufacturer who invents the world's most elite killing machines. The mechanical genius lives his life as an alcoholic playboy who couldn't tie his own shoes without the help of his assistant, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).
After refusing to build them their weapon, Tony instead creates a suit of armor that allows him to escape. Once back in
Directed by John Favreau, Ironman is no doubt an exciting jump start to a movie filled summer. As with Zathura, Favreau successfully takes imagination and adventure into a whole new level of good, clean, family fun.
Robert Downey Jr. did an amazing job of juggling between his quick witty cracks and deep mechanical "he's yours". I was worried that I wasn't going to believe that Jr. was the man behind the suit. I was afraid that Stark would be for laughs and Ironman for action. Fortunately Favreau and Robert Downey successfully pull off the marriage between Tony Stark and Ironman. Kudos!
The other actors were just pretty good. By saying this I mean they stand well in Robert Downey's shadow. Paltrow was beautiful and enduring, Terrence Howard the good friend, and Jeff Bridges looking mean as the bald bearded bad guy (although I kept wanting him to say "the dude abides"). Like I said... nothing too amazing since they all live and breathe with the sole purpose of supporting Junior.
The rating stars begin to drop now that we've begin talking about the story. I absolutely hated the scenes where Stark is being forced to build the terrorist bomb and never once believed in his early version of Ironman. The circumstances felt forced and painful. I hated the character of the Afgan doctor. Standing around in caves with a suit and tie? Telling Stark of his family that has long since seen their maker? Even worse I hate him "buying" Tony more time. Ridiculous.
As with all movies of this caliber, the training and "becoming" scenes are some of the best. Tony Stark building and testing his Ironman suit are hilarious, exciting, and the true definition of summer fun.
The action that follows was equally impressive as Ironman becomes Ironman, searching down Stark's lost weapons and destroying all who operate them. One thing I love about the Ironman character is he never compromises and will do whatever it takes, always running before he walks. Unlike most superheroes and their movies, Ironman does not hesitate to pull the trigger on his enemy. No remorse, no forgiveness, just click click.
The two successful elements of the movie are Robert Downey Jr. and the special effects. Favreau does an impeccable job at bringing these two very important assets to life. The story and the mood are a little too light for me at times, unbelievable even for a superhero. But still... an exciting kick off to hopefully a great summer of movies. Ironman ranks high in the success of comic to film adaptations and will no doubt become a franchise.