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Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Starring: Robert Downey Jr. ... Tony Stark / Iron Man

Terrence Howard ... Jim Rhodes

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Virginia 'Pepper' Potts

Jeff Bridges ... Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger

Samuel L. Jackson ... Nick Fury

Hilary Swank ... Cameo

Leslie Bibb ... Christine Everhart

Stan Lee ... As Himself

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Synopsis: From Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures comes Iron Man, an action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil. In addition to being filthy rich, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark is also a genius inventor. When Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a diabolical weapon, he instead uses his intelligence and ingenuity to construct an indestructible suit of armor and escape his captors. Once free, Stark discovers a deadly conspiracy that could destabilize the entire globe, and dons his powerful new suit on a mission to stop the villains and save the world. Gwyneth Paltrow co-stars as his secretary, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, while Terrence Howard fills the role of Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, one of Stark's colleagues, whose military background leads him to help in the formation of the suit. Jon Favreau directs, with Marvel movie veterans Avi Arad and Kevin Feige producing. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, All Movie Guide

Review: You know the entertainment industry is fanatically dedicated to milking the Marvel comic book universe to the last drop when they make “second-tier” superheroes such as Ghost Rider and Iron Man into movies and even remake movies which didn’t work out in the first place, such as The Incredible Hulk.

So what Marvel Comics character is next up for another shot at cinematic glory then? Howard the Duck?

Anyway, despite not being as well-known as Spider-man or even as iconic as Ghost Rider, the Iron Man character had been around since the ‘Sixties.

Back then the character had its origins as a multi-millionaire who is kidnapped by a Vietcong warlord during a field trip to inspect armaments made by his multinational company for use by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

After his capture our capitalist hero is coerced into making weapons for the dastardly commies, but instead he designs a powerful robot suit which he uses to pull his own My Lai massacre on his captors. Who said anything about comics being subversive? Back then Stan Lee wrote them as jingoist as the next guy . . . provided the next guy is General Westmoreland.

In later years our multi-millionaire hero (Tony Stark, played in the movie by Robert Downey Jr.) grew into a more complex character when he famously fought an alcohol addiction in the 1970s, an era in which comics “grew up”. (It also explains why Downey got the part. Art imitating life and all that . . .)

With the advances in CGI effects it was only natural that Iron Man be given its cinematic shot. His robotic suit would only have looked silly if down in “traditional” effects.

And the whole Vietnam origin story?

The Vietnam locale has been dropped for . . . Afghanistan, which is kinda depressing when you think about it . . .by SCI-FI Movie Page


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