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Movie Review: Iron Man

The movie that started it all.

About The Movie

Iron Man (2008 film) - Wikipedia

Iron Man, released May 2nd, 2008 and directed by John Favreau. Rated PG-13.

Trigger Warnings: PTSD mentions, violent fights, abduction/kidnapping, and language.

Official Synopsis: A billionaire industrialist and genius inventor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), is conducting weapons tests overseas, but terrorists kidnap him to force him to build a devastating weapon. Instead, he builds an armored suit and upends his captors. Returning to America, Stark refines the suit and uses it to combat crime and terrorism.

Notable Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Paul Bettany, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Stan Lee, Clark Gregg, Faran Tahir, Shaun Toub, and Sayed Badreya.

Plot & Characters

I think, that in terms or origin stories, this is a pretty good one. You really get a fully fleshed out character and see the limits of his capabilities pretty quickly. You get to meet Phil Coulson, Pepper Potts, and Rhodey! These characters (minus Coulson, who is just integral to the MCU in whole) wind up to be pretty important not only to the MCU, but to Tony Stark!

Watching Tony going from cocky weapons manufacturer to cocky but more self aware protector of the country was pretty impressive for one movie, but I guess getting kidnapped for 3 months tends to change your world view.

One thing I noticed was the fact that we had the overall bad guy/s (the ones who kidnap him and make him recreate his missile) and the close to home enemy who tries to tear him down from the inside. In the end, the first one just made him mad and gave him his saving grace; while the other one angered him and he made more mistakes (even though he didn’t find out about the deception until almost the end of the movie). Coming from this point in time where I know what happens in all of the other movies, you can tell this is kind of the overarching theme that Marvel uses throughout Phase 1. I personally like it, because you as the viewer get distracted by the obvious villain while the other villain sneaks up on you and in the end, you’re just as surprised as the protagonist.

Seeing Pepper be such a powerhouse in this first Marvel movie really set the tone for the rest of the women throughout the MCU, I think. She came in, taking no one’s shit (especially Tony’s), and was amazing. She took charge, and I’m honestly kind of peeved that she doesn’t show up more through the years.

Favorite Moments

I really enjoyed the ending of the movie when Pepper catches onto to Obadiah and takes Coulson with her, then he catches Tony and Tony is forced to put his old Arc Reactor back inside but Rhodes saves him, AND THEN that whole final fight was honestly just the perfect textbook hero vs villain fight; complete with the hero winning by saving something snarky, and it was amazing.

Least Favorite Moments

Any time Tony was an asshole to the people who were trying to help him lol

Acting

Robert Downey Jr. was phenomenal in this. He was able to switch moods in his acting perfectly, and it was really fun to watch him! Everyone else was great also, and while I’m sad that Terrence Howard gets replaced in the later movies, he did a fantastic job as James Rhodes in this first movie.

Score & Soundtrack

Honestly, it didn’t make me feel much during tense scenes like other movies (like Wonder Woman, The Winter Soldier) can, but the SCORE. ACDC is the perfect choice for Iron Man, and I loved when they finally played I Am Iron Man in the closing credits.

Rewatch?

I can’t really see myself re-watching this because I’m in a mood, tbh.

This was probably my second time watching this movie, so I didn’t really know what was going to happen next when it did.

It wasn’t an amazing movie, but it wasn’t a terrible one either. I’ve never been Iron Man’s biggest fan, but this was a decent movie.

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