Cert: 12A Runtime: 126 mins Director: Jon Favreau Cast: Robert Downey Jr,Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg and Jeff Bridges
“Iron Man”. That’s kind of catchy. It’s got a nice ring to it
So this is Downey Jr, at his finest Iron Man. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile, he’s captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armored suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armored suit only to find that Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research.Certain sequences in the film are highly detailed, some others not so much. It suffers from a spot of bad editing, and it really wouldn’t have been bad if it were extended by 10-15 minutes. It is entertaining enough to hold anyone’s attention for 15 more minutes. In the cinema, it has a modest running time of 2 hours. Broken into two parts, the introduction and the origin. The former being more detailed than the later.One of the first things one will notice about Tony Stark is his amazing sense of humour Robert Downey Jr., who is at the peak of his career has an undeniable flair when it comes to playing a man who is full of himself and cracks jokes at the drop of a hat. He doesn’t even have to try. Its a flawless performance. He acts the part, and boy oh boy does he look the part!
Even Gwyneth Paltrow plays her part well as Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts. She looks better than ever. There is a magnificent amount of chemistry between the two which will be something to look forward to in the upcoming movies. Terence Howard and Jeff Bridges are just there, portraying the sidekick and villain respectively. Fair enough, though I would have liked Howard to be given a bit more screen time.One, very integral part of the movie was the making of the original suit. Shown till the last detail, it was just a treat to watch the testing and assembly of the suit. And once again, even this contains a fair amount of humour You really don’t expect such a lot of humour in a superhero movie, but by the end of it, one realizes that that exactly is what Tony “Iron Man” Stark is all about. He isn’t your average superhero. He is as much the khaki professional as he was before he become Iron Man. He did not get transformed accidentally by being bitten by a spider, neither did he descend from space. A little similar to Batman, he chooses to become someone different. Someone who can change things. Unlike most others, he isn’t gifted with super powers. Wait till the last scene of the film for deviation, and an amazing piece of rock music in the closing credits along with concept art from the making of the film.Iron Man ranks right up there with the likes of The Dark Knight and The Avengers when it comes to being a comic book adaptation. And it adds a dose of coolness to the genre of superhero movies. Whether it is the miniature arc reactor/pacemaker on his chest or the part French-cut beard he keeps, Robert Downey Jr. will be best remembered as Iron Man. If you can take phone calls while flying through the skies with two fighter jets on your tail you are cool too me.