Iron Man

  • 12
  • Jon Favreau (2008)
  • US
  • 120 min
Iron Man
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Fantasy action adventure starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges. Billionaire playboy Tony Stark is an industrialist and munitions genius who's out in Afghanistan to demonstrate a new missile system, when he and his military escort are attacked by rebels. Though badly injured, Stark is captured and forced to manufacture a weapon. But with the help of a fellow imprisoned scientist, Stark instead builds an armoured suit that will see the tycoon take on the identity of superhero Iron Man.

Cast and crew


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


Jon Favreau

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 2 May 2008
Certificate 12
Paramount Home Entertainment