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Iron Man

2008  126 MN


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Jon Favreau
  Director




After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil.

 Release Date

April 30, 2008

 Runtime

2h6m (126 min)

 Budget

$ 140,000,000

 Revenue

$ 585,174,222


 Top Billed Cast

 Robert Downey Jr.
 Tony Stark / Iron Man
 Terrence Howard
 James "Rhodey" Rhodes
 Jeff Bridges
 Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
 Gwyneth Paltrow
 Virginia "Pepper" Potts
 Leslie Bibb
 Christine Everhart
 Shaun Toub
 Yinsen


 Written by

Stan Lee Characters
Jack Kirby Characters
Art Marcum Screenplay
Matt Holloway Screenplay
Larry Lieber Characters
Don Heck Characters
Mark Fergus Screenplay
Hawk Ostby Screenplay

 Tagline

Heroes aren't born. They're built.

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 Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
  Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard
  James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Jeff Bridges
  Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger
Gwyneth Paltrow
  Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Leslie Bibb
  Christine Everhart
Shaun Toub
  Yinsen
Faran Tahir
  Raza
Clark Gregg
  Phil Coulson
Bill Smitrovich
  General Gabriel
Sayed Badreya
  Abu Bakaar
Paul Bettany
  J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice)
Jon Favreau
  Harold "Happy" Hogan
Peter Billingsley
  William Ginter Riva
Tim Guinee
  Major Allen
Will Lyman
  Award Ceremony Narrator (voice)
Tom Morello
  Guard
Marco Khan
  Guard
Daston Kalili
  Guard
Ido Ezra
  Guard
Kevin Foster
  Jimmy
Garret Noël
  Pratt
Eileen Weisinger
  Ramirez
Ahmed Ahmed
  Ahmed
Fahim Fazli
  Omar
Gerard Sanders
  Howard Stark
Tim Rigby
  Viper 1
Russell Richardson
  Viper 2
Nazanin Boniadi
  Amira Ahmed
Thomas Craig Plumer
  Colonel Craig
Robert Berkman
  Dealer at Craps Table
Stacy Stas
  Woman at Craps Table
Lauren Scyphers
  Woman at Craps Table
Frank Nyi
  Engineer
Marvin Jordan
  Air Force Officer
Jim Cramer
  Jim Cramer
Donna Evans
  Woman In SUV
Reid Harper
  Kid in SUV
Summer Kylie Remington
  Kid in SUV
Ava Rose Williams
  Kid in SUV
Vladimir Kubr
  Kid in SUV
Callie Croughwell
  Kid in SUV
Javan Tahir
  Gulmira Kid
Sahar Bibiyan
  Gulmira Mom
Patrick O'Connell
  Reporter
Adam Harrington
  Reporter
Meera Simhan
  Reporter
Ben Newmark
  Reporter
Ricki Lander
  Flight Attendant
Jeannine Kaspar
  Flight Attendant
Sarah Cahill
  Flight Attendant
Stan Lee
  Stan Lee
Justin Rex
  Air Force Lieutenant
Zorianna Kit
  Zorianna Kit
Lana Kinnear
  Stan's Girl
Nicole Lindeblad
  Stan's Girl
Masha Lund
  Stan's Girl
Gabrielle Tuite
  Stan's Girl
Tim Griffin
  CAOC Analyst
Joshua Harto
  CAOC Analyst
Micah A. Hauptman
  CAOC Analyst
James Bethea
  CAOC Analyst
Samuel L. Jackson
  Nick Fury (uncredited)
Jeffrey Ashkin
  Photographer (uncredited)
Russell Bobbitt
  Georgio (uncredited)
Vianessa Castaños
  Fireman's Wife (uncredited)
Mike Cochrane
  Gulmira Villager (uncredited)
Crystal Marie Denha
  Dubai Beauty (uncredited)
Mellany Gandara
  Dubai Girl (uncredited)
Halla
  House wife at Award Ceremony (uncredited)
Rodrick Hersh
  Insurgent (uncredited)
Kristin J. Hooper
  Reporter (uncredited)
Chris Jalandoni
  Dubai Waiter (uncredited)
Stephen Janousek
  Party Guest (uncredited)
Laura Liguori
  Dancer in Ballroom (uncredited)
Flavia Manes Rossi
  Reporter (uncredited)
Anthony Martins
  Village Dad (uncredited)
Robert McMurrer
  Reporter (uncredited)
James M. Myers
  Airforce Officer (uncredited)
America Olivo
  Dubai Beauty #1 (uncredited)
Sylvette Ortiz
  Staff Sergeant (uncredited)
Brett Padelford
  Journalist (uncredited)
Ajani Perkins
  Voice (uncredited)
Chris Reid
  Reporter (uncredited)
Toi Rose
  News Cameraman (uncredited)
George F. Watson
  Rooftop Fireman (uncredited)
David Zyler
  Whiplash One (voice) (uncredited)
Nick W. Nicholson
  Reporter (uncredited)
Elijah Samuel Quesada
  Waiter / Reporter (uncredited)
Samuel L. Jackson
  Nick Fury

 Crew


Christopher Boyes
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sarah Halley Finn
  Casting
Matthew Libatique
  Director of Photography
Stan Lee
  Executive Producer
Stan Lee
  Characters
Avi Arad
  Producer
Kevin Feige
  Producer
J. Michael Riva
  Art Direction
Laura Jean Shannon
  Costume Design
Dan Lebental
  Editor
Daniel Sudick
  Special Effects Coordinator
Jack Kirby
  Characters
Jon Favreau
  Director
Art Marcum
  Screenplay
Matt Holloway
  Screenplay
Larry Lieber
  Characters
Don Heck
  Characters
Randi Hiller
  Casting
Ramin Djawadi
  Original Music Composer
Victoria Alonso
  Co-Producer
Mark Fergus
  Screenplay
Hawk Ostby
  Screenplay
Ari Arad
  Executive Producer
Rebecca Bentjen
  Costume Design
Russell Bobbitt
  Property Master
Frank E. Eulner
  Supervising Sound Editor
Cristina Weigmann
  Script Supervisor
Hal T. Hickel
  Animation Supervisor
Andy Hass
  Visual Effects
John Nelson
  Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
Shane Mahan
  Effects Supervisor
Ben Snow
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Tad Griffith
  Utility Stunts
Riley Harper
  Utility Stunts

 Trivia

- At 8 minutes into the film, movie director John Favreau can be seen playing a bodyguard of Mr. Tony Stark.
- At one hour and eight minutes into the movie, artist Stan Lee can be seen as a party guest.
- The post-credit scene, when Samuel Jackson is introduced as Nick Fury was not that planned as you would imagine. Favreau: "That was a bit of a lark. I wanted to include Easter eggs that the fans would appreciate and we thought the idea of a post-credit scene it could be fun. It was something that wasn’t really in the script originally. But I thought the idea of Nick Fury being Sam Jackson would be really fun, because when Nick Fury was reimagined in The Ultimates (comic book) they recast him as Sam Jackson, and I thought that that would be a really good nod to the audience. And Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios executive] was way into it, too. Kevin really lit up. We worked on that dialog together. We were very careful how we selected the words. ‘You’re part of a bigger world now, a bigger universe,’ and ‘the Avengers Initiative,’ laid breadcrumbs for what was to come."

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Fun and a bit immature
By Jack Anderson on December 31, 2018
 5

MCU, START!
Iron Man is the first movie of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Looking at it ten years later, it is very easy to see now how it started a global phenomenon and a multi-billion dollars franchise.

CASTING
As in all movies, the casting is an essential part of the success of the magic of the film. But here, in superhero movies, I think it's even more important. Because casting a superhero seems, to me, more difficult than casting a "normal" character. Superheroes are so iconic that a wrong casting decision can ruin an entire line-up of films (i.e. Ben Affleck as Batman... anyone?)
So, how is Robert Downey Jr. in that role? Simply put, perfect. He *is* the character. He has this kind of friendly madness and oddity that we all love by Downey Jr. He makes everything he touches funny, ironic and interesting.

OVER THE TOP
Clearly, even though this is a superhero film, I want gravity. What I mean by that is that I need to care and feel for the characters and story. And I cannot do that if we break the rules of cinema.
There is one precise moment when I think the movie broke it and that I disliked it. When Iron Man escapes the terrorist compound in flames, you can see him flying extremely high into the sky, only to fall in the sand with just a few scratches. Anyone falling from that high would be dead. Simple as that.
There were then a few other mentions, such as when Tony Stark tries to flies for the first time in his lab. Those moments are fun, but a bit too immature and cartoonish to me.
Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges is such a talented actor that it was a no-brainer. But thinking of it, I don't think he would have been anyone's first choice for that part. This is clearly a brilliant casting decision. Jeff Bridges plays it true and never goes over the top, as so many actors do when portraying bad characters.

STORY
The story is very simple and that's why I liked it. We are not in front of a story with portals, other worlds, scepters and other non-sense. To summarize, Tony Stark is working in a weapon factory. He gets kidnapped and builds a robot to escape, becoming Iron Man in the process. While getting his revenge, he realizes that his weapons were used against children and wants to go out of that business. But a Senior Executive (Obadiah Stane, played by Jeff Bridges) from the company does not want to allow that and uses another robot to fight him.

SUMMARY
I could give it 4 (average), 5 (good) or 6 (very good). The reason I don't give it 4 is that it is enjoyable and fun. And there are no scenes when you look at the ceiling thinking "Gosh, this is awful." Also, I won't give it 6, as the film is still quite immature and not really satisfying. So, overall, I'll give it 5. A good and fun movie.


Man in iron
By Carry9 on December 31, 2018
 6

Nice start of the Marvel cinematic universe.


izgzhen

Imaginative illustration of an epic story. It combines the modern background society, e.g. terrorism, with the unconventional high-tech fantasy. Our leading actor Robert Downey Jr. deeply embodies the soul of the Iron Man in himself. We common people never lived this way :P


Gimly

**A long form review originally posted in 2010:**

Marking the beginning of the latest Marvel franchise, _The Avengers_, is Jon Favreau's _Iron Man_.

I'm quite fond of Super Hero movies, I don't love them to the same extent that I do the slasher or psychological thriller genres, but they do hold a small place in my heart all to themselves. I'm pretty pumped for this whole "Avengers" thing to come to fruition, 'cause honestly it's all been great so far, starting with Iron Man, whom Robert Downey Jr. (_Natural Born Killers, Gothika, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, A Scanner Darkly, Zodiac, Sherlock Holmes, Due Date_) portrays, and incredibly so.

It's important to set yourself a starting point. More specifically, what I mean is, a reason. Batman's parents were murdered, and his home was destroyedby crime; The Punisher's whole family was murdered in front of him and he big-time snapped; characters like the X-Men and the Fantastic 4 are defending themselves and end up having a penchant for world-saving. Those are all fine, and so long as you have one, I'm happy. But I really kind of like Tony Stark's reason for becoming Iron Man... He's a dick. That's why. He's a dick that supplies the world with the most lethal weapons in existence, and they take lives left, right and centre. Then, he's put through the world where they get used, and finally is told by the person who helped him escape that world, not to waste his life. He believes he is still alive for a reason, he decides that reason is to become a dick that is intent on privatising world peace. Which I think makes perfect sense.

That may have come across as sarcasm, but I was deadly serious. Tony Stark becomes Iron man, and that's why. It works fantastically. We then get to see all the incarnations of his suit, how difficult it was to make, what it runs on, the technology, everything. And I'm a huge fan of back story, which Iron Man delivers.

It's sort of the antithesis of DC's _Batman Begins_. Though they're both young adults that come from money with no family, a British butler (although Iron man's butler Jarvis was transformed into AI for the film [he was an actual person in the comics]), they have a board of directors take care of their family's billionaire business until they're ready to eventually take the reins, they both become "____ Man" and go about saving the innocent, not through superpowers but technology. I'm sure I could go on. But they're also incredibly different. Where Batman is a total bad ass, the gothic unknown defender of the night that uses fear as a weapon to protect his home town, and yet refuses to kill; Iron Man is a bright, shiny, loud attention grabber, who goes all international to fight crime, he wants the world to know he's Iron Man and his enemies are totally lame, so no wonder he has no qualms about killing! Batman's secret identity, Bruce Wayne, is an angsty tosser, that tries way to hard. But Tony Stark, is a witty, brilliant inventor, who has basically harnessed all of Batman's training, strength, weapons, vehicles and flight, improved them, and put them in to a single suit. So though I personally prefer Batman as a hero, I prefer Tony Stark as a character.

The interaction between Stark and Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow (_Se7en, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow_) was incredible. It just goes to show what good casting can achieve, even in an action flick, the dialogue is hilarious and clever. Is it possible for a Super Hero movie to be a bad Super Hero film but a great film? I guess it is.

The antagonists are lacking to say the least, and their dispatching leaves even more to be desired. Which is normally not too huge when you get the rest so perfect, unfortunately, it's a comic book film, about Super Heroes, and Super Villains. They fight one another over and over, in fact that's pretty much what the comics are about in their entirety, so it's quite a major short coming. That being said, it's really the only one that _Iron Man_ has. In a way though, they're a similar comparison to the latest Batman films again; Iron Monger and Whiplash are flashy, but disappointing, where The Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow and Ra's al Ghul are top notch as bad guys. Whereas Ironman's Obadiah Stane and Ivan Vanko were great characters, but Batman's The Joker is only seen in his villain persona, and Harvey Dent, Jonathan Crane and Henri Ducard are nothing more than vessels for their alter-egos.

All that aside, the film is just plain good, and you don't need to be a fan of Iron Man, Super Heroes or comics in general to enjoy _Iron Man_.

82%

-Gimly


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Iron Man did a lot more than just launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was the first comic book movie in a long time to integrate the fantastical nature of superheroes and supervillains into a real world setting with consequences. It also showed how great of a filmmaker Jon Favreau is and rebooted the career of Robert Downey Jr.

For all this, Iron Man is a fantastic movie, still one of the best MCU films. It's so much fun to watch. Yet it displays a lot of intelligence, exploring the internal dilemma of a man profiteering off war when faced with the harsh reality that he is part of a system that corrupts absolutely.


The Peruvian Post

When director Jon Favreau and Sarah Halley cast Robert Downey Jr, they glimpsed something magnificent: a more-than-skilled actor who faultlessly portrayed the role of Tony Stark. Despite Favreau's initial decision in choosing a fresh face, he ended up delighted due to his charismatic, natural and comfortable attitude. He did not realise it yet, but he was moulding with the right measures a whole superhero cinematic universe which lasted until today and still goes for more.

The filmmakers took the proper time to introduce a character whose production was undecided since New Line Pictures argued that the main character [Iron Man] had no potential to be brought up to the theatres. Therefore, planning from scratch a prosperous superhero who was not related to the typical Fantastic Four, X-Men or Spider-Man [famous superhero films of the 2000s] was quite a challenge. However, the director unquestionably demonstrated his skills at the visual effects, the rock metal music, the accurate dialogues for each moment and finally, the remarkable development of each persona. How exactly?

Establishing the visual effects of a high-speed-altitude enthusiast was marvellous, considering the time of the creation. The way Favreau adjusted the Iron Man gave numerous innovative perspectives of a superhero while in battle. If we first watched the 'Spidey Sense', then it was time to behold the flying upper and upper. What an achievement ladies and gentleman! Taking into account the sound effect, it was splendid in every single way because it gave decent time to evoke emotions, from sadness to awesomeness, it permitted to feel the sensation of building a strong armour or flying as fast as possible.

Man! That AC/DC hard rock music was well-defined to this fascinating character. Did I mention that Downey's son is growing on music? He has a band, and it's called "The Dose Band". Just watch the School of Rock's report. Probably there is where the influence came by. On the other hand, this film gives such iconic quotes which will live on our memory: "Is it better to be feared or respected?", "Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk", "I am Iron Man". WOW! What potential we have got here! Finally, but not least, the impeccable action scenes and drama ones were the highest achieves Iron Man had got. The sequence in the cavern traped with Dr Yinsen serves to the protagonist time to reflect on himself and the responsibility he has in protecting the world against high-tech diseases.

Plus, the very unusual but gorgeous chemistry between Tony Stark and his secretary/companion Pepper Potts is another striking feature which is not considered at all was. When Kevin Feige, the current president of Marvel Studios, was asked about his desition about casting Gwyneth Paltrow he confessed the following: "Gwyneth is the embodiment of a leading lady. She brings intelligence, poise and an incredible range of talent to this role". Throughout the movie, these two characters happened to be facing their professional and sentimental relationship naturally owing to the Iron Man. The way Pepper Potts clings on to the fact that his beloved boss is in troublesome scenarios, it's just pure tenderness and shows how much potential this couple has.

The cast assuredly introduced not only convincing performances but strong characters which will be handy for the following Marvel instalments, just watching Jeff Bridges as the badass Iron Monger is superb! The film producer nailed it! If someone asked me about the flaws it has presented, probably I would say the dark tone, some petit explicit scenes (bearing in mind there are children as spectators) and the lack of sense of humour at times. Still, it is mostly pure perfection.

[83/100]


The Peruvian Post

When director Jon Favreau and Sarah Halley cast Robert Downey Jr, they glimpsed something magnificent: a more-than-skilled actor who faultlessly portrayed the role of Tony Stark. Despite Favreau's initial decision in choosing a fresh face, he ended up delighted due to his charismatic, natural and comfortable attitude. He did not realise it yet, but he was moulding with the right measures a whole superhero cinematic universe which lasted until today and still goes for more.

The filmmakers took the proper time to introduce a character whose production was undecided since New Line Pictures argued that the main character [Iron Man] had no potential to be brought up to the theatres. Therefore, planning from scratch a prosperous superhero who was not related to the typical Fantastic Four, X-Men or Spider-Man [famous superhero films of the 2000s] was quite a challenge. However, the director unquestionably demonstrated his skills at the visual effects, the rock metal music, the accurate dialogues for each moment and finally, the remarkable development of each persona. How exactly?

Establishing the visual effects of a high-speed-altitude enthusiast was marvellous, considering the time of the creation. The way Favreau adjusted the Iron Man gave numerous innovative perspectives of a superhero while in battle. If we first watched the 'Spidey Sense', then it was time to behold the flying upper and upper. What an achievement ladies and gentleman! Taking into account the sound effect, it was splendid in every single way because it gave decent time to evoke emotions, from sadness to awesomeness, it permitted to feel the sensation of building a strong armour or flying as fast as possible.

Man! That AC/DC hard rock music was well-defined to this fascinating character. Did I mention that Downey's son is growing on music? He has a band, and it's called "The Dose Band". Just watch the School of Rock's report. Probably there is where the influence came by. On the other hand, this film gives such iconic quotes which will live on our memory: "Is it better to be feared or respected?", "Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk", "I am Iron Man". WOW! What potential we have got here! Finally, but not least, the impeccable action scenes and drama ones were the highest achieves Iron Man had got. The sequence in the cavern traped with Dr Yinsen serves to the protagonist time to reflect on himself and the responsibility he has in protecting the world against high-tech diseases.

Plus, the very unusual but gorgeous chemistry between Tony Stark and his secretary/companion Pepper Potts is another striking feature which is not considered at all was. When Kevin Feige, the current president of Marvel Studios, was asked about his desition about casting Gwyneth Paltrow he confessed the following: "Gwyneth is the embodiment of a leading lady. She brings intelligence, poise and an incredible range of talent to this role". Throughout the movie, these two characters happened to be facing their professional and sentimental relationship naturally owing to the Iron Man. The way Pepper Potts clings on to the fact that his beloved boss is in troublesome scenarios, it's just pure tenderness and shows how much potential this couple has.

The cast assuredly introduced not only convincing performances but strong characters which will be handy for the following Marvel instalments, just watching Jeff Bridges as the badass Iron Monger is superb! The film producer nailed it! If someone asked me about the flaws it has presented, probably I would say the dark tone, some petit explicit scenes (bearing in mind there are children as spectators) and the lack of sense of humour at times. Still, it is mostly pure perfection.

[83/100]



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