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Iron Man (2008)

Action / Scifi | 126 minutes

Genre: Action / Scifi

Duration: 126 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow

IMDb score: 7,9 (1.083.316)

Releasedate: 30 April 2008

Iron Man plot

"Heroes aren't born. They're built."

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is a multi-billionaire, industrialist and, above all, a genius inventor. He is kidnapped and forced to build a terrible weapon. Instead, he makes an ingenious iron suit with which he manages to escape. When he returns to the US, he discovers a conspiracy that threatens the stability of the world. Under his alias Iron Man, he tries to turn the tide.

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avatar van Lovelyboy


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Iron Man is a series that saw the light quite a few years ago but never seemed attractive enough to me to go and watch it. For example, I didn't really know the character and it choked those years of other attempts to get superheroes off the ground who then died a quiet death. Just to name a few, Elektra wasn't really good, and cases like Daredevil and Green Latern were just bad, and Iron Man just as well didn't really appeal to me partly because of Robert Downey Jr. himself. I don't really remember what it was, but I thought something about the man was negative, possibly that according to the media he was just difficult, and some not really sympathetic roles were also not played, I never found the man funny either. But gradually he made an impression with his portrayal of Holmes and I caught myself that I found him quite funny in The Avengers. So...so be it...then give it a try...

And what a great start Iron Man in terms of music with Black Sabbath and this nice sequel is given by Hans Zimmer. The story, I must say, is a bit on the slow side, with a plot that should be seen as an introduction to the series rather than fast and smooth for the movie itself. But hey, it doesn't matter that much. Then it is the sarcasm and humor that make a good impression in combination with some action and spectacle, and all without being over the top. Downey Jr completely in place, Bridges excellent and Paltrow a beautiful assistant. Leslie Bibb is also not wrong to see. Still, the funniest phases are, of course, where Stark is perfecting the suit and messing around. Secretly, there is also a bit of a pacifist indictment against the gun lobby and worldwide trade in the film.

Despite my prejudices, Iron Man is still an extremely delicious and humorous film and I have been very excited to try the sequels with time.

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avatar van martijn011


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I'm going to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order in the near future. I've seen most of them, but never in the order in which they appeared on the silver screen.

I last saw Iron Man over ten years ago. Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect actor for this role, he plays the role of arrogant and confident businessman with verve.

In any case, I think Iron Man is one of the most interesting characters of Marvel, thanks in part to Downey Jr. It is therefore nice to see where it all started with Iron Man and the development he goes through during the Marvel series.

The film has some very strong scenes and also contains the necessary humor. Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow are welcome additions to the cast. Still, the history of the suit is the best part of this film, especially when things go wrong.

Great review, the head is off.

Half raise, 3.5*

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avatar van Film Pegasus

Film Pegasus (moderator films)

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It is different to see this film with the current glasses. In 2008 there was no mention of Marvel. I think a lot of people weren't that familiar with the differences between DC and Marvel either, other than maybe the big names. Marvel got its real start with Blade and was able to offer a solid answer to the Batman films. We also got X-Men, Spider-Man and already a first look at Hulk. Iron Man broke new ground. A hero I (and many with me) didn't really know. And Robert Downey Jr was not an A-lister right away.

With Iron Man, we got the beginnings of the MCU that got a vision thanks to producer Kevin Feige. Gradually a franchise with highs and lows and meanwhile you already have to struggle through a lot of movies and titles to understand every wink and cameo in the next MCU title. Iron Man wasn't tied to anything yet. Fortunately, this was a strong start. The same year, The Incredible Hulk would also be made under the care of Kevin Feige, but unfortunately he feels like an outsider due to the change of main actor. Iron Man could count on a suitable cast, especially Robert Downey Jr., who played one of his best roles after a career of many years. Apart from his films, he is well cast in the role of the billionaire. He can count on a strong enemy that we miss a bit in later films. Jon Favreau (who also plays Happy Hogan) doesn't do too badly as a director and provides a nice balance between action and humor.

The film never has the ambition to be a special creative approach to a superhero, but above all entertainment. An ambitious blockbuster that people who love light-hearted cinema and a box of popcorn will enjoy. The whole movie long and no doubt several times afterwards. The film certainly succeeded in that. It is a film for a wide audience that nevertheless manages to remain fascinating.

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