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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Iron Man review

What can i say about Iron Man?It's a movie that i anticipated,and the anticipation was increased by the very good trailers.
Last Friday,i finally saw Iron Man.
To some level,the approach is similar to the approach of Batman Begins,although there are differences.Jon Favreau has cited Batman Begins as an inspiration.

The movie does not focus on action,but on character development.The story unfolds in a way,which engages the audience.As i said,character development is an intergral part of the plot,and in particular the development of Tony Stark.A complex but yet human character.The director wanted to make a story of an adult man literally reinventing himself, and realizing the world is far more complex than he believes and that is evident throughout the movie.

The cast of Iron Man,certainly is one of the main assets of the movie.Rarely,the selection is so successful.From Robert Downey Jr,to Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges,the perfomances are very good.However,the star of the movie is Robert Downey Jr.His portrayal of Tony Stark is exceptional."The best and worst moments of Robert's life have been in the public eye," the director explained. "He had to find an inner balance to overcome obstacles that went far beyond his career. That's Tony Stark. Robert brings a depth that goes beyond a comic-book character who is having trouble in high school, or can't get the girl." Favreau also felt Downey could make Stark a "likable asshole", but also depict an authentic emotional journey once he won over the audience.

The plot gives the opportunity to make commentary on various subjects,in a way that the movie does not become a political one,but in way that the message is delivered.Despite the fact this is a mainly serious movie,there are funny moments,which are successfully integrated.

The music is very good and the special effects are impressive.Although there are some minor flaws,Iron Man is excellent movie,one of the best movies that i've seen in 2008,one of the best comic book adaptations.It's definetely worth watching.
At the time of writing,Iron Man has already grossed $201,000,000 worldwide ($104,250,000 in the United States and Canada and $96,750,000 in other territories).

Some interesting for the sequel (wikipedia),the release of which is certain
"Jon Favreau planned Iron Man as the first in a trilogy, and has signed on all the original actors.Paramount chief executive officer Brad Grey expects a 2010 release date for the second movie of the series.Favreau believes sequels will allow a latitude in tone,and explore darker story elements such as alcoholism, which he intentionally set aside from the first film.Favreau feels depicting Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin, who was created as a metaphor for communism, will be challenging, as he finds the character dated.He also wants to streamline the effort it takes for Stark to put on his armor, considering the "assembly line" effort he makes in the first film.

Downey noted "the next one is about what do you do with the rest of your life once you've completely changed.I think the drinking and all that stuff would be a good way to confront his age, to confront his doubts, to confront the fact that maybe Pepper gets a boyfriend." Downey and Favreau met with Shane Black, who suggested they model Stark on Robert Oppenheimer, who became depressed with being "the destroyer of worlds" after working on the Manhattan Project.

As much of his screentime was cut from the film, Terrence Howard is anticipating becoming War Machine in the sequel. Howard said he would like to follow the slow arc of the comics with Rhodes temporarily becoming Iron Man while Stark succumbs to alcohol, joking "I don't want to introduce War Machine too early for my own monetary benefit."
Downey is reprising his role for a cameo appearance in The Incredible Hulk (2008).Favreau has also expressed interest in directing Downey as the character in an Avengers movie.Marvel has plans to make Iron Man into a Trilogy. The second movie may be released on April 30, 2010".

Nick Fury cameo (after the credits)

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