Iron Man

Iron Man

DVD - 2008 | Widescreen version
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A wealthy industrialist is held captive in enemy territory and escapes by building a high-tech suit made of armor. When he returns home, he decides to use his money, talents, and suit to save the world. Bonus features include deleted and extended scenes.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, 2008
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Ironman
ISBN: 9781415743386


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gordonma May 22, 2018

Or the first one.
 In 2008, as I exited my local Cineplex after the end of [Iron Man], I did not foresee the stunning global success of what would become the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), every year. “[Iron Man] was a good film,” I thought to myself. It was a grounded late-2000s film with relatively modest stakes—the villains were terrorists and capitalists. Its competition was Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, films where verisimilitude was king. Sure, I had read the comics and I had read Jim Starlin’s The Infinity Gauntlet, but I did not foresee this rollercoaster that we’ve all been on for a decade….
  [Iron Man] remains an exciting, funny, competently directed film (by Joe Favreau who also plays Happy Hogan). But more significantly, this was an iconoclastic superhero film. Yes, it was very much a product of its time: a soul searching hero caught up in America’s Global War on Terror, the parallel war at home, and the sins of the father. However, it was also the start of something new: a brilliant and driven hero who flouted society’s restraints in all the ways that amuse us, blessed with ample luck, missing a heart, with a giant target painted on his back, and with no patience for secret identities.
 That and the MCU.
 There’s a common criticism in film: it’s bad for an actor’s personality to overshadow one’s character. Is Jim Carrey playing Ace Ventura or himself? Is Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor or Jim Carrey’s version of the Riddler? Yes, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t playing Tony Stark, as Stark was originally written as a communist spy smashing “cool exec with a heart of steel” (The Marvel Super Heroes, 1966). But, that’s a good thing, because the original Tony Stark was boring.
 Instead, we’ve got an idiosyncratic genius with a guilty conscience who believes that he can fix anything despite a list of personality flaws.
 Technicals. The special effects were realistic enough. The Iron Man suits were cool. The film had an adequate, though unmemorable score. Ditto the cinematography.
 Writing: it was okay, with some really good dialogue mixed in with the filler. The non-action scenes were mostly boring.
 Casting: a casting coup. Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark. Gwyneth Paltrow is Pepper Potts. The multi-billion dollar MCU franchise would not exist without either. With Joe Favreau as Happy Hogan, Paul Bettany as JARVIS, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. A decade on, all five are still playing their MCU roles even now. Terrence Howard was okay but unmemorable as James Rhodes, as was the rest of the cast. And despite being given one of those throwaway supervillain roles, Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane is an intriguing character. A hard-working arms dealer with no compunction to kill but who rides a Segway at work. Wut?

Things to be Repeated:
* The Stan Lee cameo
* Iron Man suiting up
* Hero standing by a plane’s loading ramp
* The Ten Rings
* Stingers

Marvel Moments:
#1 Jericho missile demo
#2 Iron Man saves the village
#3 Iron Man vs. Tank
#4 “Bogey just went supersonic.”

Mar 19, 2018

Iron Man turns 10 years old this year and with Infinity War coming up, I wanted to go back through and re-watch the MCU. The first film is excellent and is surprisingly well grounded. Robert Downey Jr. excels as Tony Stark and Jeff Bridges does very well as the main villain. Still one of the better MCU films, Iron Man begins Tony's heroic journey and sets in motion plot threads that laid the groundwork for what was to come. Just a great movie with humor in appropriate places and action scenes peppered in here and there before the climax. A must for Marvel fans and the first in Phase 1 of the MCU. This is one that started it all.

Jan 10, 2018

The movie that started it all. Solid entry into the MCU!! Downey Jr. is amazing as Iron Man!

Nov 30, 2017

The jokes are timed beautifully. The character makes total sense and people are ACTUALLY trying to make an iron man suit now. They've got some issues to get around but, like Star Trek, they're going to keep going until "cool" is attributed to their names too!

Aug 18, 2017

Here's a movie with Robert Downey Jr. playing himself, and he's also an engineering genius.

Nov 30, 2016

I really like this movie just because of Tony Stark’s humour and ideas. My favourite part was basically all the fighting scenes because I am a big fan of action movies. Tony’s idea of building a suit in a cave room surrounded by CCTV cameras was not the greatest idea ever and I thought he might get caught in the CCTV cameras, but he didn’t which was kind of surprising to me. You would think he gets caught but nope. The sad part for me was when Yinsen died; sacrificing himself so Tony could escape for his suit.
This movie was great in terms of action. Robert Downey Jr. did a great job in playing the role of Iron Man and Tony Stark.
- @leomeme of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Tony Stark, a genius billionaire, arrives in Iraq for a weapons presentation. Stark is attacked and this results in shrapnel piercing his chest, almost killing him. Stark is captured and is imprisoned for three months. During this time, Stark makes use of his technical prowess and begins building an iron suit that would eventually allow him to escape the confines of the cave. He is able to escape the cave and learns of an evil plot, and decides that as Iron Man, he will protect everyone. Upon his homecoming, Stark begins to work on the new Iron Man suit to perfect it. Rating: 3/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 18, 2016

Not totally into superhero but this was pretty cool.

Sep 10, 2015

Best movie ever :D

Aug 06, 2015

i am sure this is going to be a great movie!!!

mustang12 May 20, 2015

I love it

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Aug 10, 2017

"Let's face it - this is not the worst thing you've caught me doing."

Jan 25, 2013

Is it better to be feared or respected? I it too much to ask for both? Some people prefer the weapon you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I PREFER the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how dad did it, that's how America does it....and it's worked out pretty well so far.

Sep 07, 2012

For lack of a better option, Dummy is still on fire safety.

Sep 07, 2012

Jarvis, sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.

Sep 07, 2012

Truth is....I am Iron Man.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

be a super hero..not a super pet

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

dont be a pain in the ass

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

you take somethin at risk...when your a super hero

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

iron made of steel

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

im iron man...arent i?

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elidad Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Mar 28, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Dec 28, 2008

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 10, 2012

Playboy and wunderkind genius Tony Stark, who has inherited the defense contractor Stark Industries from his father, is in war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Terrence Howard) to demonstrate the new "Jericho" missile. Stark is critically wounded in an ambush and imprisoned in a cave by the terrorist group the Ten Rings. An electromagnet built by fellow captive Dr. Yinsen (Shaun Toub) keeps the shrapnel in Stark's chest from reaching his heart and killing him. Ten Rings leader Raza (Faran Tahir) offers Stark freedom in exchange for building a Jericho missile for the group, but Tony and Yinsen agree Raza will not keep his word.

Mar 28, 2011

When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.

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