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Published:July 16th, 2008 15:17 EST
Iron Man Film Review

Iron Man Film Review

By Garrett Godwin

Iron Man is the latest film incarnation from Marvel Comics, with Robert Downey, Jr. in the titular role. 

 

Billionaire Tony Stark (Downey) has been called an American patriot due his company`s success in weapons manufacturing.  But the real Tony Stark loves to gamble, drink, and definitely loves women.  Some-- like his friend and military liaison, Rhodes-- wants him to grow up and be responsible.  Still, Tony enjoys living the good life -- for now. 

 

On a trip to test the latest weapon called Jericho for his company, there was an attack made by terrorists, and Tony was almost left for dead.  However, Tony is alive, thanks technology being used to keep his heart beating.  Terrorists want him to build the Jericho for them; what they don`t realize is that their hostage is making his own weapon -- an armor-plated suit. 

 

After three months in the desert, Tony returns to the states with a new sense of purpose.  He plans to pick up where he left off when he was taken hostage, deciding to stop terrorists planning on using his weapons against the world.  With the help of Rhodes and long-suffering girl Friday assistant Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), Tony Stark becomes Iron Man.

 

This film has amazing special effects with breathtaking flying sequences and incredible action.  But the movie belongs to comeback kid Robert Downey, Jr., who completely embodies all the qualities and characteristics of Tony Stark.  Both the actor and the character have so much in common, for they have waged their own war with inner personal demons involving success, alcohol, and drugs.  Though the latter has an alter-ego, neither Downey nor Stark sees themselves as heroic, but they learn from their mistakes, discovering what`s important, and persevering in the end.

 

Robert Downey, Jr. is not only Tony Stark, but he is also Iron Man, now playing in theatres worldwide.