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Sunday, 21 November 2010
Billionaire weapons manufacturer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is caught in an explosion while visiting troops in Afghanistan, and is kept alive by an electromagnet placed in his chest, after terrorists take him hostage to their cave. After making a metal suit with flamethrowers he escapes and, upon getting home, makes a metallic suit with weapons and jet packs on the feet and becomes the crime fighter Iron Man, taking on terrorists and fighting crime. However, his right hand man (Jeff Bridges) at Stark Industries uses the gadgets to make himself a suit of that kind as well, but is intend on causing death and destruction, all for money.
Explosive and fast-paced, with some seriously impressive aerial scenes that will keep you glued to the screen, as you see it from Stark's perspective, which could induce vertigo for some viewers, and which have some great shots and fast editing, the film is never dull.
The cast, however, carry it from start to finish...
A bit of Hugh Hefner (he womanizes, and flaunts the cash and power), a bit of Dr Frankenstein (a mad scientist), and a lot of James Bond (smart, sharp-witted and charming), Downey Jr makes Stark a powerful and deep character and makes full use of the comical moments, making Stark charming and funny, but deeply serious also. Bridges is your typical Bond villain type antagonist - he seems charming, serious and kind to the characters, yet he is cold, poisonous and very creepy - and Bridges clearly had a lot of fun creating this character, and is very effective. Terrence Howard is very down to Earth and friendly as Lt Colonel James Rhodes, and he is made such a strong no-nonsense kind of guy. And Gwyneth Paltrow is the gorgeous and seductive Miss Moneypenny type character to Stark's empire - beautiful, sharp, on the ball and charming - and Paltrow is wonderful in this role.
A great piece of entertainment, and a very strong superhero film - the best Marvel Comic based superhero film since Spider-Man 2 (2004) - it is powerful, brilliant to watch and carried by a very strong cast.
Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg, Bill Smitrovich, Leslie Bibb.
Oscar nominations: Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Ben Snow, Daniel Sudick, Shane Mahan), Best Sound Editing (Frank E. Eulner, Christopher Boyes).