Grade: A+ (98%)
Once the credits begin to role, you start to look back at Robert Downey Jr.'s humor, the awesome actions sequences, and the creation of this machine. After a while you begin to wonder how a comic book could be transferred into such a great movie. I only say this because Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" is one of the best comic book movies ever made.
Tony Stark (Downey) is the CEO of Stark Industries that was created by his father before he passed. He begins to create power assets like stop-on targeting systems, missiles that separate into mini bombs, and weaponry that is beyond advanced. After testing out his new missile, Tony and his Marine guards are ambushed and Tony is taken by terrorists after being badly wounded. After a painful surgery, his life is saved by a doctor who places a battery into Stark's chest to keep him alive. It's not long after that that he begins to create his biggest machine of all, the Iron Man suit.
The story is simple enough to keep us intrigued throughout the movie's run time. When Stark is not creating or improving upon his suit, he is flirting with famous people, seduces reporters and tries to improve his relationship with Virginia "Pepper" Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow). He is also fighting with his assistant Obadiah (Jeff Bridges) and what to do with the company.
When Stark is in the Iron Man suit, the movie feels like an intense action film. These scenes are beautifully set. Whether it is an intense fight between Iron Man and hundreds of enemy soldiers, or a game of cat and mouse with two jet planes "Iron Man" never ceases to amaze and keep the audience on edge.
The action sequences are great enough to make you see this film but Robert Downey Jr.'s overall performance should be the main attraction. As Tony, Downey gives it his all by nailing the comic relief and making the audience love him. He is absolutely fantastic as Tony Stark.
You don't have to be a comic fan to love this film. "Iron Man" gives the audience what is wants: a main character that is funny but serious enough be the protagonist, amazing action sequences that keep the audience on edge, and an amazing performance by Robert Downey Jr. to keep the audience interested throughout. "Iron Man", as I said before, is one of the best comic book films of all time and deserves to be watched by all audiences.