Name: Iron Man
Length: 126 minutes
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
Part of a series? No
My rating: 8/10
Why I would or would not recommend it: Another comic book character makes the big screen. It's a very slick Hollywood action sci-fi film, the effects are great, the armoured suit looks plausible and as always, Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance. I loved the humour added by the computers and robots (believe it or not) and I think that Robert Downey Jr was a good choice for the part. He played the sarcastic lothario well, we initially don't feel much for the character, but we gradually learn that he does have a heart. Unfortunately Stan Lee doesn't usually create any decent female characters and Pepper, played by Gwynth Paltrow was always destined to be another shallow female supporting character to the main male role. I think the way that the narrative flicked back and forth initially was a nice touch, and then merged to culminate in the final half of the film. It's not really designed to be thought provoking though, just a sit back and enjoy the visuals type of film, it really evoked the spirit of the comic book. Action packed, light hearted and obviously destined for a few sequels.
"Tony Stark is the complete playboy who also happens to be an engineering genius. While in Afghanistan demonstrating a new missile he's captured and wounded. His captors want him to assemble a missile for them but instead he creates an armoured suit and a means to prevent his death from the shrapnel left in his chest by the attack. He uses the armored suit to escape. Back in the U.S. he announces his company will cease making weapons and he begins work on an updated armoured suit only to find that Obadiah Stane, his second in command at Stark industries has been selling Stark weapons to the insurgents. He uses his new suit to return to Afghanistan to destroy the arms and then to stop Stane from misusing his research."