May 112008

Iron ManTony Stark is a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation

Running Time:
2 hrs. 6 min.

Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub, Leslie Bibb, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Directed by:
Jon Favreau

I heard s0me doubts that Robert Downey could pull off the part, but that impression can’t be upheld once you see the movie. He not only plays the playboy-smart-guy brilliantly he is convincing as the man in the iron suit (gold titanium alloy actually).

The movie is not dark as Batman Begins so I would say this is okay for kids to see. We took Lay’s nephews, and they certainly gave it a thumbs up. Some scary moments for kids, but nothing over the top.

Basically we are off to a great start to a new comic franchise thanks to the guidance of Jon Favreau. He has put together a great cast (Downey, Paltrow, and Howard) that gel real well together and will make a good team down the road.

The effects were great. A good blend of real props to computer graphics. Nothing looked cartoony at all.

In short, for any summer action movie buff… this is a must see. For anyone who loves Robert Downey Jr… it is a must see. And lastly if you like the work Jon Favreau has done to date… go see this movie.

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