Movie Review: Iron Man (2008)

iron manThe film that started it all – Avengers chronological re-watch, film #2

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Jon Favreau

Synopsis: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), a super wealthy and incredibly intelligent playboy, is the owner of Stark Industries which is the biggest weapons manufacture for the American military. While on location, Tony is kidnapped and almost killed by insurgents who force him to create the newest weapons for them. Using his intelligence and aid from a fellow captive, Tony creates something else….a powerful suit that helps him to escape. While there he learns to terrible truth about his company and instead of returning home to life as normal, Tony decides to use his new-found tech, stop issuing weapons, and save the world instead.

Opinion: While chronologically it comes second, Iron Man was the first Avengers movie and back in 2008 when it first appeared in cinemas, I don’t think anyone really had any idea of what was to come. Continuing on with my entire series re-watch before the new films come out, this one always holds a special place in my heart not only because it was the first but also because it was so good! Robert Downey Jr has always been the most perfect casting for this character and while I’m sure Tony Stark was in some way based on him, it just never felt like anyone else should ever have played this roll. With a storyline that is tense, dramatic and of course explosive in every sort of way, it always makes plenty of room for humour, fun and the odd little romantic moment too. Yes, this movie has a bit of everything and honestly it never feels like too much. This was my who knows viewing, I’ve honestly lost count how many times I’ve seen this, and still I manage to get caught up in the moments be it Tony escaping from a cave or trying the suit on for the first time or even sharing a cute but awkward moment with Pepper. Everything about this movie is perfect for what it needed to be, it’s serious but not too serious, funny but not too funny and it was and always will be (in my opinion) the perfect way to kick off a universe.

Fun FactsNaturally it’s Marvel so end of credit scene, spot the Stan Lee (who is pretending to be someone equally as famous) cameo and enjoy a movie that, over 10 years later, still kills it.


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