Iron Man

Iron Man
2008, Paramount., PG-13


In today’s movie theaters, you are bound to find a movie about a superhero, mainly heroes that originated from the pages of comic books. We’ve seen the primetime heroes like Spiderman, Superman, and Batman take to the big screen and become blockbuster hits, but if you were to ask me the real hero is non other than Ironman.

In the 2008 adaptation of the lesser known comic book hero, Ironman tells the story of billionaire weapons engineer Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) who becomes captured and wounded by terrorists while demonstrating his newest creation “The Jericho” to troops in Afghanistan. His captors force him to replicate the destructive weapon, but Stark decides to take other actions. While acting as though he’s building the bomb, he assembles an armored suit and a mechanism that is used to save his life from the piece of shrapnel that is left in his chest from the attack.

After returning to the states, Stark has a new found mission in mind. He intends to re-invent the armored suit to save lives instead of taking them with his weapons. In the process of this, his journeys lead him back to his captures to take care of the unfinished business he left behind while he escaped.

The film is written and directed flawlessly, the perfect balance of everything for everyone who watches. The perfect amount of romance and suspense, together with action and explosions make this one of the better films of the year. Downey’s co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Jeff Bridges (Obadiah Stane) fit the roles seamlessly, and Downey himself plays the role of playboy Tony Stark to a tee.

Definitely one of the must see movies of the year, and a highly recommended theater film. If you can’t catch it in theaters, I would suggest watching it in HD or BluRay with a surround system if available for the entire effect of the movie. Five SUPER Stars.

- Craig Woodson

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