Iron Man

James writes:

One of the best superhero movies ever made, hands down.  In my opinion, on par with “Spiderman 2,” although not quite on the same level as “Batman Begins” (honestly though, nothing really is) and “X2.”  Again, the casting was perfect (although my sister and I disagreed on Jeff Bridges playing Obediah Stane) with Robert Downy, Jr. as Tony Stark, Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts.  I’ll admit, when I first heard that Downy was going to play Stark, I was skeptical.  But then I actually thought about it…what is Tony Stark but an arrogant, alcoholic asshole?  And what is Downy?  You guessed it…an arrogant, alcoholic asshole!  They’re a match made in heaven.  Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes was a stroke of genius; I always enjoy him, and the prospect of what they can do with the character in any future sequels (WAR MACHINE!!!) gets me tight in the pants.  Gwyneth is, well…Gwyneth.  Very easy on the eyes, but her role doesn’t really require too much from her.

The basic idea is that Tony Stark is the CEO of the multi-billion dollar Stark Industries, a company that primarily produces weapons for the military.  One day, while demonstrating a new type of missile to the top dogs in Afghanistan, his convoy is attacked and Stark is taken prisoner by some splinter group and told to make this new missile for their leader.  He reluctantly agrees after realizing that all of the groups weapons are from his company, but instead of making the missile he makes his prototype suit, then fucking runs train on almost everyone during his escape.  Once he makes it back to the States, he immediately announces that he’s shutting down the weapons manufacturing portion of Stark Industries, pissing off his partner, Stane.  Tony then spends the next few weeks or so building the titular suit, and uses it to get some sweet, sweet revenge on the terrorist cell that held him captive for months.  Meanwhile, the leader of those same terrorists discover the wreckage of the prototype suit and sell it to the villain, whose identity I won’t reveal since the movie is still in theaters.

This leads to the climactic showdown between Iron Man and the bad guy, rocking a much bigger, much stronger version of the original suit, kickass robotic fighting ensues.  The final scene, and the post-credit scene that very few people seemed to know about, along with hints that War Machine (Jim Rhodes in a suit Stark builds for him) will be in the next one all point to the sequel being absolutely outrageously awesome.  For those of you who know anything about anything, the word “Avengers” makes an appearance, along with a certain member of S.H.I.E.L.D…

Grade: 93

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