Up there with Indy 4 and Prince Caspian, Iron Man was one of the top movies I was looking forward to this summer. And thankfully, I was not disappointed. In fact, just about every aspect of the movie impressed me. As I expected, Robert Downey Jr. captured Tony Stark better than anyone else could have. The wit, charm, and intensity he brought to the character incorporated everything essential about the billionaire industrialist. He’s a playboy, eccentric genius, with a drinking problem. But when Stark discovers that his own company’s weapons are being used by terrorists, he decides to live a life of purpose and make some big changes.
Donning several versions of Iron Man suits, Tony Stark goes through as much transforming as his inventions. Iron Man is an origin story, but still allows for plenty of depth and character development without letting the story suffer. The supporting cast exceeded expectations: Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and even director Jon Favreau himself plays the small role of Harold Hogan.
The special effects and technology also blew me away. From the testing of Stark’s armor to the final showdown, viewers will be impressed at the amazing visual effects and plenty of big explosions. With plenty of humor to lighten up the scenes of intense suspense and action; Iron Man is sure to be entertaining enough for the whole family. And after the credits roll, there’s a fun little clip that fellow Marvel comic geeks will enjoy, hinting towards a sequel with some beloved characters.
The summer blockbusters have certainly started out with a bang!
Marvel announced that it will release a sequel, Iron Man 2 on April 30, 2010, and a film version of Thor on June 4, 2010. Then, Marvel will be releasing what it’s calling an Avengers-themed summer in 2011, with the release of Captain America and The Avengers.