May 6, 2008

IRONMAN MOVIE REVIEW

Plot/Synopsis:
Ironman is all about changes… remember the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” that’s what Tony stark, played brilliantly by Robert Downey Jr., realizes after a life changing event that happened to him on a business trip in the war infested region of the middle east. After a successful presentation and on his way back, his convoy was ambushed by rebels and during the assault his chest was pierced with shrapnel from a weapon manufactured by his company used by the rebels.
He is recovered and rehabilitated by the rebels with a help from another captured scientist. Using electromagnets to keep himself alive, stark was forced to recreate a missile system to be used by the said rebels, but Tony has other plans, with the resources given to him he was able to create a suit of armor that would help him escape from his captors. And escape he did, the armor built was a tank on two legs! It is impervious to bullets and has a weapon system of its own; with it he escaped and later was rescued by his best friend and confidant jim Rhodes soon to be war machine.
Upon his return stateside, he had an epiphany… realizing that his manufactured weapons was being sold to the wrong people, he made a public statement to turn in a new leaf, this puts him at odds with his business partner Jebadiah Stane, then again Stark industries is know for its weapons development and not for its humanitarian side.
Tony continued developing his armor, and here is where the fun begins, the audience is treated to some light hearted moments as tony time and again goofs around his sentient machineries. Like a boy with a new toy, he tests and plays with the armor, perfecting its flaws.
Pepper Potts played by the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow, portrayed the character very well. Potts, tony’s secretary/executive assistant provided the love interest and the conscience to tony whenever he needed one.
Action is a plenty, as we are treated to different scenarios to appreciate the effectiveness of the ironman suit i.e. a battle with a group of rebels raiding a village, after which was followed by a sparring sequence with two raptor jets. Like I said Ironman is all about changes, from a cold hearted businessman to caring and courageous superhero in the red and gold armor, tony stark has made this transitions and found his true self in the process.

The movie is a fresh take on the ironman mythos that you may have grown up with in the comics, but it does not stray too far from its origins. Giving old audiences as well as new ones to jump in and enjoy what the comic industry can bring to the silver screen when done correctly!
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
Casts: Robert Dwney Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, etc...

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