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Iron Man Reviews

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September 18, 2017
the film that started the marvel universe and is still one of the best robert downy is tony stark lol
September 15, 2017
Phenomenal. So good it makes it's sequels disappointing to some people. Doesn't get much better than this movie! Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect Tony Stark, a genius industrialist who becomes the invincible armored Iron Man!
½ September 11, 2017
The film that started it all also happens to be one of the best.
September 9, 2017
Better action sequences and a better villain would've made me rate this film higher. As it is, the action sequences are just alright and Obadiah is a pretty weak villain. There's some cheesy product placement thanks to Burger King that really detracts from a big moment in the movie when Tony Stark returns to the U.S. and announces he's going to stop making weapons for sale. The ending fight between Tony and Obadiah was meh. As usual, there is a black sidekick for the white lead character. Tony and Yinsen's final scene together was unexpectedly moving and I also liked that Tony Stark's transformation from weapons dealing-playboy to hero was actually believable given what happened to him in the movie.
September 7, 2017
Iron Man is my all time favorite movie, it is action-packed, hilarious, and charming. Robert Downey Jr.'s spectacular performance and Iron Man's superior CGI, makes it overall a great movie to watch over and over again.
½ September 7, 2017
Even after nearly a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, its very first entry still holds up as one of, if not the, best installments. Jon Favreau not only set the standard for what was to come, but also made one of the best (in my opinion) casting decisions of all time: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. The cast helps to make what could be a far-fetched superhero film believable. In retrospect, seeing Terrence Howard portray Rhodey is somewhat jarring given how often we have now seen Don Cheadle play the role, but that is not Howard's nor the film's fault. Jeff Bridges' Obadiah Stane remains an underrated antagonist in the universe, though he does fall into a bit of the monologuing villain trope in the climax (however, that is a very minor complaint for myself). The relationship between Stark and Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts is believable and successfully avoids the stereotypical love story seen in earlier superhero movies. All-in-all, Iron Man is a fun, concise ride that has continued to hold up and remain a fan-favorite.
½ September 7, 2017
This movie cemented super hero movies for me. The beginning of the MCU and a good one to kick it off.
September 5, 2017
What!? This movie sucks! I don't understand why anyone thinks this is a good movie! The characters aren't likeable, the tone is all over the place, and the storyline is boring. Thor two is better, don't recommend this one at all
½ September 5, 2017
The MCU couldn't had started better, "Iron Man" is one of the best superhero movies of all time and the perfect first entry in a franchise that eventually would become the most finantially successful franchise of all time. Robert Downey Jr. had a great year, in 2008, alongside "Tropic Thunder", he gave one of the best performances of his career, while he was working with an awesome cast composed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard. "Iron Man" demonstrates what a Marvel movie has to be, exciting, funny and visually entertaining. Some recent Marvel movies seem to forget about how this one was made, but "Iron Man" should be a reference for other Marvel origin stories.
September 4, 2017
Iron Man did not only amaze fans and and start off the MCU but it also gave Robert Downey Jr. an amazing comeback story
September 3, 2017
Good movie but it seems to be a tad overrated. Only Downey and Paltrow's characters were well developed, the rest were a bunch of stereotypes, especially the villains. Sure, they may not have intended for the villains to have any relation to what is currently going in the middle east but it sure comes off that way.

I don't mind that they're primarily Arabs, but I do mind how they're portrayed. They're complete morons with no human qualities and are the biggest flaw in this movie. And of course the main evil guy, which is you can tell is evil from a mile away, is the typical white rice guy drunk with power. Been there, done that. They're acting was also pretty sub-par compared to Paltrow and Downey.

The special effects of course I must mention. They were amazing and really brought Iron Man to life. In that department, the movie gets 5 stars.

And finally, I know Stark is supposed to be a witty guy and all but I think it was tad overdone. For every moment he was serious, there were five moments where he was cracking jokes. A better balance of the two would have made the film much stronger.

In the end it was pretty enjoyable film and I hope the second one is much better. Until then though, the first Spider-man film is still in my opinion a better a superhero movie.
½ September 2, 2017
All hail the Marvel masterpiece!
September 2, 2017
Every superhero has a story to begin with but I did not like this one a whole lot not a nuff action and fights so not my first pick
August 29, 2017
One of The best Superheroe movies ever great acting and great story and with a pretty Mature humor it's sad how a good tone from a great movie like this is gone since Civil War.
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½ August 27, 2017
Really enjoyable film that's the start of MCU that will rule the box office for the next 20+ years, Good action scenes, Couldn't of picked a better person to play Stark, The effects were great too, Hard to pick faults maybe too much humour but wouldn't be the same without it.
August 24, 2017
Full of action, some excitement, a few moments of stress, lots of laughs, and a dash of love. A great narrative with well acted characters, and good CGI for the time. Lastly, the post-credits cutscenes sets the massive stage for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This wasn't just the beginning of Iron Man. This was the beginning of The Avengers.
August 19, 2017
O primeiro é sempre o melhor!!!
½ August 11, 2017
Iron Man Soars
The Marvel Universe is complex and sprawling, with a new superhero added to the mix seemingly on a daily basis, and new movies coming out every couple of months or so. However, as ginormous as the MU is, everything has to start small from somewhere. Enter Iron Man, the movie that kickstarted the whole shabang. Iron Man serves as a perfect introduction into the sprawling world that is the Marvel Universe, as well as being a great stand-alone movie in its own right.
The movie begins with "Back In Black" by AC/DC as we're introduced to Tony Stark- played by Robert Downey Jr- A snarky millionaire playboy weapons manufacturer that always gets his way. Downey gives an absolutely brilliant performance as Stark. He plays the role perfectly, and while he nails the snark and sarcasm of Stark down pat, he also knows when to be serious. Downey brings a perfect blend of fun, sarcasm, and drama.
However, Stark, in Iraq to showcase his latest weapon, gets a taste of his own medicine when radical terrorists attack him and his convoy with his own weapons. He's blown up by his own missile, captured, and kept alive via a pacemaker powered by a car battery, and demanded by said terrorists to build a super missile. The pacemaker, however, gives Stark the idea to build himself a suit of Iron to escape the terrorists' base (and that he does).
Back in America and armed with his experiences, Stark shuts down his weapon's company and builds himself a metal suit inspired by the terrorist escape (ironically enough not made from iron) to fight evil and clean both himself and the world up.
The characters are very, very well written, especially Stark. He's motivated by the fear that the world is crumbling because of his actions, and an intense feeling of guilt and self-loathing. We get the feeling that before Iron Man, he was very self-medicated, and was living an empty lifestyle trying to make up for it with women and booze, and afterwords out to fix what he thinks is wrong.
This definitely makes Stark a very relatable character. While most of us will most likely not become millionaire playboys anytime soon, in the end he's someone vying for change. He makes mistakes, has setbacks, but in the end is just a guy trying to fix both himself and the world, which fits well with Downey's comeback story.
The story is also fast, entertaining, funny, and best of all, never takes itself too seriously. The writers knew what they were doing and where they wanted the story, and Jon Favreau does an excellent job in keeping the story light on its feet.
Hinging everything together is the excellent cast. Besides Downey Jr., you have Jeff Bridges who plays the corporate-partner-turned-baddie Obadiah Stane, Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark's personal assistant (and love interest?) Pepper Potts, and Terrence Howard as Rhodey, Stark's right hand man. The relationships between these characters and Stark feels organic and well-developed, and each actor/actress plays their role extremely well.
While the overall story is good, the writing gets sketchy in some places. For example, in a scene where Potts is replacing Stark's chestpiece, Stark tells her not to pull out a magnet that's apparently important. She accidently does and Stark starts going into cardiac arrest, but the chestpiece is eventually replaced without another hitch. Stark seems totally fine with the new arc reactor, despite an apparently important piece being pulled out and never replaced.
I will admit however, these are just nitpicks. Iron Man serves as a fantastic movie that won't bore regular audiences and won't insult fans of the comics, and also serves as a great kickstart to the Marvel Universe that begins to help establish Stark as a central character in the MU... even if it gave us those infamous end-credit scenes.
½ August 11, 2017
Un grande inizio che non solo pone le basi per una trilogia dedicata solamente a Iron Man, ma dà inizio ad un franchise che avrà proporzioni mastodontiche. Robert Downey Jr. è semplicemente insostituibile nel suo ruolo, perfetto sotto ogni punto di vista riesce a brillare in ogni scena in cui recita, nella parte dell'eccentrico e bizzarro miliardario che rende il suo personaggio tanto coinvolgente. Come ogni primo film di questo ambito, si tratta della genesi di un super eroe, che introduce per la prima volta sullo schermo un personaggio che tutti possono apprezzare, anche quelli che non hanno avuto contatto diretto con i fumetti Marvel.
August 7, 2017
A very workable film version with Downey Jr. as a great choice to play Tony Stark. The key problem was having Stane as the main villain for this first Iron Man flick. They should have chosen someone else because it simply didn't work, for Stane was a cerebral character and not what you want in today's cinematic experience that involves bigger, faster, and better technology to mesmerize the audience.
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