Marvel Studio finances its first and most anticipated film featuring Marvel action hero, Iron Man. United States top weapons expert and playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is in Afghanistan to discuss his new missile system named “Jericho” with the military when he is kidnapped by Afgan Rebels. He is held in a cave and told to build the missile system which would be impossible under normal circumstances. Speaking of impossible, Tony doesn’t build a missile system but escapes by making an armor bodysuit that is bullet proof, has a flame thrower and can fly short distances. (The eyesight of the bad guys must have been worse than mine if they couldn’t tell the difference between a missile and an iron suit.) While in Afghanistan, Tony sees firsthand how many American soldiers are killed by his missile system so he closes down Stark Industries and builds his second iron suit. With the help of his special assistant Pepper Pots (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his good friend and military liaison Jim Rhodes (Terrence Howard) he begins working on his third and most powerful iron suit. In the mean time, Tony’s partner Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) locks Tony out of his own company, makes a crude copy of the iron suit for himself, and becomes the newest evil villain, Iron Monger. The sparks fly when Iron Man and Iron Munger meet in battle leading to an exciting climax. This is a perfect super hero film with a smart plot, just the right touch of humor, and exciting action. The portrayal of Tony Stark by Robert Downey Jr. is outstanding and one of the aspects that really make the film work. The pacing is perfect with 3 or 4 big action scenes and intelligent dialogue. I did have a question about Tony’s flight from Los Angeles to Afghanistan in his Iron Man suit. The trip is around the world and I was wondering where he used the bathroom? (Maybe that’s what those big ice chunks that fall from the sky are!) This is either the best – or one of the best – comic book super hero films ever made and I’m giving it a B+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.