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Iron Man

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Jon Favreau
  • 120 mins
  • 12

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Tony Stark / Iron ManRobert Downey Jr
Jim "Rhodey" RhodesTerrence Howard
Obadiah Stane / Iron MongerJeff Bridges
YinsenShaun Toub
Virginia "Pepper" PottsGwyneth Paltrow
RazaFaran Tahir
Christine EverhartLeslie Bibb
JarvisPaul Bettany
Agent CoulsonClark Gregg
HoganJon Favreau
General GabrielBill Smitrovich
Man in smoking jacketStan Lee
Nick FurySamuel L Jackson

Crew

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DirectorJon Favreau

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2008-05-02
Languages
English | Arabic | Hindi | Kurdish | Persian | Hungarian | Urdu
Guidance
May be edited for violence and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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