We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here

Iron Man

Iron Man

Jon Favreau (2008)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this classy addition to the Marvel Comics movie canon, Robert Downey Jr stars as billionaire playboy and weapons genius Tony Stark, who's captured and held hostage during a trip to Afghanistan. His insurgent captors order him to build them a bomb, but instead he devises an armoured suit that he uses to escape. Back in America, Stark decides to change his ways, aided by his loyal, wise-cracking assistant (Gwyneth Paltrow). He also finesses the armour and creates the crime-fighting persona of Iron Man. But Stark's new-found peacenik status upsets business partner Jeff Bridges, who has his own ideas about how to use the technology. Jon Favreau's direction is unfussy and controlled, and he cleverly filters the comic's 1960s origins through contemporary war on terror paranoia. In an exemplary piece of casting, Downey Jr gives a powerhouse performance, adding depth and believability to his character as both self-indulgent waster and do-gooder superhero, while the futuristic gadgets and stratospheric flights are great fun. The only slight disappointment is an ending that seems more in keeping with Transformers than the briskly told story that's gone before.


Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

Cast & Crew

Tony Stark / Iron Man Robert Downey Jr
Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes Terrence Howard
Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger Jeff Bridges
Yinsen Shaun Toub
Virginia "Pepper" Potts Gwyneth Paltrow
Raza Faran Tahir
Christine Everhart Leslie Bibb
Jarvis Paul Bettany
Agent Coulson Clark Gregg
Hogan Jon Favreau
General Gabriel Bill Smitrovich
Man in smoking jacket Stan Lee
Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson
Director Jon Favreau
see more

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 May 2008


Have Your Say What did you think of Iron Man?

view all comments (0)