Facts/Reception: Iron Man was released on May 2, 2008. Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges, Iron Man is the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This movie made 585.2 million at the box office and is considered one of the best Marvel films to date.
Summary/Plot: Tony Stark is a genius billionaire playboy and philanthropist. He is also the son of legendary entrepreneur, Howard Stark. After Tony Stark is assigned a weapons presentation in an Iraqi unit led by Lt. Col. James Rhodes, he is given a ride on enemy lines. This ride comes to an abrupt ending when he is attacked by enemy combatants. Stark barely survives having a chest full of shrapnel and a car battery attached to his heart. In order to survive he devises a way to shrink the battery and then uses it to power the Iron Man suit. After Tony returns home, he perfects his suit and uses it to protect his company against a former friend. 8.5/10
Cinematography: Iron Man is founded on its special effects. Many lesser actors would be upstaged by this amazing CGI, but Bridges and Downey are not most other actors. A lot of big budget f/x begins to abandon the story line within a half hour to go. However, Jon Favreau created a plot so ingenious it functions no matter how loud the impacts, or how enormous the explosions. Iron Man also did an amazing job crafting CGI that reflected the characters personalities. This gives the film a realistic feel. 8.0/10
Characterization: Favreau is a genius when it comes to characterization and this film is no exception. Robert Downey Jr. shines as an irreverent, quirky, and wise-cracking hero. This screenplay seems almost to have been dictated by Downey’s persona. However, Downey by no means carries this movie alone. Jeff Bridges is amazing as Obadiah Stone. Downey, Bridges, and Paltrow have relationships that seem fully-formed and resilient enough to last the entire movie. Between Stark and Pepper, there is classic screen tension between “friends” who are potentially ready to take their relationship to the next level. This film balances so many characters beautifully. I didn’t even mention Clark Gregg or Terrence Howard. 9.0/10
Conclusion: Iron Man began the Marvel Cinematic Universe and still remains one of Marvel’s seminal works. Iron Man has a superb plot, excellent cast, and a terrific director.
Final Score: 8.5/10