Iron Man appeared for the first time in Marvel Comics publications in 1963. The most recent title was released on May 2008 titled Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas #1. Iron Man has also been a member of the superheroes team called “The Avengers” and has been an incredibly successful superhero. So, it was just a matter of time that he appeared on the big screen. Praises by a few friends and a healthy Rotten Tomatoes rating prompted me to go ahead and watch the movie. Surely I was not disappointed. In fact it was after a long hiatus that I saw something worthy of the ticket money.

Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, a mastermind and a genius inventor who also happens to be a billionaire and a womaniser. Gwyneth Paltrow appears as Pepper Potts, Stark’s personal assistant who is a vital part of his life and is always there for him. Jeff Bridges plays Obadiah Stane, who has been with the Stark Industries since its conception by Tony’s father and is now Tony’s right hand man. Terrence Howard is Lt. Colonel James Rhodes who is Tony’s most trusted friend and a military liaison to the Stark Industry. Tony is attacked and kidnapped in Afghanistan while returning from a demonstration of his latest weapon system. The terrorist group called Ten Rings, demands that Tony creates a similar weapon system for them and provide him with all the necessary components. Tony ends up creating the first prototype of the Iron Man and escapes wearing the power suit. The whole episode is a reality check for him and gives a new and meaningful direction to his life. He returns home to create a more advanced suit to combat terrorism.

This is one of the most believable and relevant superhero movies of recent times, something which comes very close to what Spider-Man was. A cast which melt into their roles, dazzling special effects and terse dialogues make this movie worth a watch. The special effects look surprisingly believable. We are getting quite good at them now a days. Robert Downey Jr. is the surprise package of the movie. His performance is quite a mix of everything, humor included, which is quite rare in superhero movies. The movie keeps you engrossed and there is not a moment of boredom, even when Tony and Pepper are having their awkward moment together on the terrace.

So, if you like action packed superhero movies, then Iron Man is what the doctor ordered. Many people compared it to Transformers and argued that the action in Iron Man is not that plentiful, but Transformers was not a superhero movie. Iron Man has more of a story because it depicts the creation of the Superhero. In fact most of the action appears in the second half and it would be really unfair to compare the movie with the Transformers, although you can see the inspiration in the climax.

Of course, the sequel is in the pipeline and some more Superheroes such as Thor and Captain America are also rubbing up their heels for a movie release. You can check out the really cool Iron Man website here.

Directed by – Jon Favreau

Rating – 4/5

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About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

23 Comments

  1. lallopallo May 5, 2008 at 10:40 am - Reply

    It has gotten mostly favorable reviews. I guess Iam going to watch it this week too. Nice review.

  2. Rajneesh May 5, 2008 at 11:45 am - Reply

    i guess i will be watching it in this week .. only then i can commnet on ur reviews.. but i also feel it is a good movie to watch

  3. Nita May 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I am in the middle of writing a review of Iron Man. You beat me to it!
    I enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to the sequel.

  4. SAM May 5, 2008 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    I think you have really glorified the movie here same as Mr. Kant but I think it was just an average movie good for a one time watch. I agree , it should not be compared to transformers as this one certainly marks the beginning of the character of Iron Man . But Please do not compare it to Spiderman as that was one of its kind. Also I don’t think if I liked Robert playing the Iron Man or his expressions for that matter. The Script also did not have much to offer.
    And for that matter the Graphics and Special effects were good but now probably I am got too much used to it to Notice it.
    So I would say its more or less like the Fantastic Four .. Not Bad and nothing great about it as well.

  5. Priya May 5, 2008 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Super Hero movies are always exciting !! πŸ˜€
    I’m so Going to watch this movie !
    For me, Spider mans always been THE best Super Hero EVER !!
    Iron Man [ person ] seems old. 😐
    Website is very cool !! Like some Game !! Whoa !!

  6. Vijaya Bharat May 5, 2008 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    I think this is the most rated by you in recent times πŸ™‚

  7. Amit May 5, 2008 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    @Lallopallo : Yeah. And can you imagine a tomato rating of 94%!! But somehow I believe that when you watch a movie with so much expectations and after so much hype, then you won’t like it that much.

    @Rajneesh : Thankyou Sir. I will wait for your verdict. πŸ˜€

    @Nita : You saw it?? I didn’t know you like superhero stuff!!! Or were you dragged to watch it?? πŸ˜‰ Anyways, I am glad you liked it.

    @Sam : I am not comparing it to Spider-Man. I wrote that it came very close to the benchmark created by that movie. Rest we all are entitled to our opinions and I understand your points. I think the movie deserve a 4/5 as it was very good but not a 5/5 as it was not excellent. πŸ™‚

    @Priya : Iron Man is supposed to be old. He is not a young superhero. Yes, you must watch it and the website is cool. I really liked it.

    @Vijaya Bharat : Yup Yup. Is it released in Columbia??

  8. lallopallo May 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Yes, 94% on RT for iron man is something which has caught my fancy ( I dont think any mainstream hollywood movie has gotten such favourable reviews in the last 3-4 months atleast). Iam a big fan of RT and I rarely find their verdict much different from mine..
    Just a week back ,though, I watched spike lee’s supposedly best work, ‘ Do the right thing’ , which has 100% rating on RT..I didnt really think it was that great or flawless to get 100%..

  9. SAM May 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    4/5 .. common man it seems you have been bribed .. probably 3/5 is okay .. but the Box office supports you So can’t say anything and being a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes cannot oppose it much .. remember we used to check Rotten tomatoes always before watching any movie and believed it blindly.. So its a good beginning .. and with the Dark Knight and the Indiana Jones in the coming we have got a really exciting year on hand.. I wonder if you have Still Seen 21 ..

  10. Amit May 6, 2008 at 10:32 am - Reply

    @Lallopallo : I always consult RT before I go for a movie. The only exception was 10,000 B.C. and it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. 😐 I have never heard of “Do the right thing”. Guess I have to check it out. πŸ™‚

    @Sam : Bribed?? πŸ˜† Even I have started the process( πŸ˜‰ ) for watching the Indiana Jones’s previous movies. I have got the Raiders of the Lost Ark and almost on the verge of getting the temple of Doom. And no I haven’t seen 21.

  11. Abha May 6, 2008 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    oh wow….finally a movie which can be seen!! I was opening this page with a little fear that if even this rates bad, then there’s nothing to go for amongst the current lot!! And it has been like that since long, long.
    Good to know that the movie is worth a watch!!

  12. Nita May 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Amit, my favourite genres for movies are science fiction, crime thriller, action adventure. That’s why my husband loves me. πŸ˜‰

  13. Amit May 7, 2008 at 12:15 am - Reply

    @Abha : Yes yes, you can go ahead and watch it without fear. πŸ˜€ Its a complete paisa wasool. πŸ™‚

    @Nita : Oh Great!!! I am very sure this must have resolved a lot of who-is-going-to-handle-the-remote and which-movie-to-watch fights. The purrfect love story. πŸ˜€ Touchwood. πŸ™‚

  14. xylene May 7, 2008 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    oh. finally one +ve review. πŸ˜€
    I cant wait to watch this one.

  15. Amit May 8, 2008 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    @Xylene : Watch and let me know how it was. πŸ™‚

  16. […] Mashed Musings finds it quite entertaining – This is one of the most believable and relevant superhero movies of recent times, something which comes very close to what Spider-Man was. A cast which melt into their roles, dazzling special effects and terse dialogues make this movie worth a watch. The special effects look surprisingly believable. We are getting quite good at them now a days. Robert Downey Jr. is the surprise package of the movie. His performance is quite a mix of everything, humor included, which is quite rare in superhero movies. The movie keeps you engrossed and there is not a moment of boredom, even when Tony and Pepper are having their awkward moment together on the terrace. […]

  17. Ashish May 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Everyone’s been saying its good so its on my list… but first I need to see Batman Begins. πŸ˜›

    Btw, did you hear the song Iron Man in the end credits? If you haven’t then I have posted it. πŸ˜€

  18. Ashish May 11, 2008 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Btw, I approve of the new avatar. Keep it that way. It’s [british accent] Bindass Badass [/british accent].

  19. Amit May 12, 2008 at 10:26 am - Reply

    @Ashish : You haven’t seen Batman Begins. 😯 Yes, I heard the song in your post. Its good, but I thought there would be a video. 😐
    And thankyou my Lord for approving the avtaar. It goes with my “p”ortfolio, although I was thinking of a more “naked” version earlier. πŸ˜‰

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  21. Mahak August 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    I am waiting for the sequel..It was damn gooooooooodddd…and you’ve done justice to it in its review…

  22. Araba yarışları September 17, 2008 at 1:19 am - Reply

    tanks

  23. Jack October 12, 2008 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Very good movie and I fans of this wonderful film and we look forward to the best of

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