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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Movie Review:Iron Man

Premise:After terrorists kidnap him and use his company's own weapons against him, irresponsible playboy billionaire Tony Stark builds a robotic suit.

Cast:Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, Terrence Howard as Jim Rhodes, Paul Bettany as the voice of JARVIS, Shaun Toub as Ho Yinsen, Faran Tahir as Raza, Leslie Bibb as Christine Everhart, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan


Director:Jon Favreau


MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content.


Genres:Action, sci fi


Notes:Images taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes and belong to Marvel.


Pros:A rather flawed yet still likable protagonist. Well-done action scenes. Looks good. Fair acting and characters. Good villain.


Cons:Doesn't do all it could with the characters. Some dated pop culture references.


Tony Stark couldn't have it better. He runs a successful weapons company, dates supermodels, owns an estate in Malibu and can afford just about anything. Things are just going great!

(You know something bad's about to happen, don't you?)

Sure enough, it seems some unsavory types would like a missile of their own. And Tony's just the guy they kidnap to build it. Shockingly, Stark's not too keen on letting them have one. But he still has material. And so, Iron Man is born.

This review is going to be short because I don't have a whole lot to say. I liked this movie, but I didn't love it. The characters, the acting, and the main villain aren't bad, but they aren't outstanding either. Tony manages to be likable in spite of all his flaws (promiscuity, alcoholism, and recklessness, just to name a few). And the film does look good and has plenty of action.

I'll just stick to the summary:Competent and entertaining, but not mind-blowing.

12/20/2016 update:Content sections amended.

Sex:Tony has a well-deserved reputation as a womanizer. He tells a female reporter he's prepared to lose a few hours of sleep with her, cutting to a scene in which they roll off a bed partially clothed. The next morning, she wakes up alone in just a sheet. Not surprisingly, all Tony's charm disappears when he and Pepper develop feelings for each other.
Stark's plane comes with a stripper pole and flight attendants that bare their midriffs. When his computer helps him out of his suit, he quips "Be gentle, it's my first time." There's a transmisogynist joke.
Women show skin and men go shirtless, though not always in a sexualized context. There's a fleeting reference to Hugh Hefner of Playboy fame. More seriously, terrorists are ordered to load women into trucks for unspecified purposes (though that can't be good).

Violence:Stark is nicknamed the Merchant of Death because his company sells weapons like Apple sells phones. This doesn't bother him at first. We see brief flashes of the contraption in his chest being installed. His captors torture him by dunking him in a tub of water. They threaten another man with a hot coal.
Both villains and heroes use guns and explosives, which gets people killed. A battle in a city causes collateral damage. A man gets a raw wound on his head. Iron Man falls from a long ways up. He trashes his lab and cars, and injures himself building his suit and taking it out for a test flight. He nearly causes a car accident and gets into a dogfight with military fighters.
Stark goes back to Afghanistan and arrives just as a small residential area is under attack. It's implied several civilians and attackers wind up dead. It's sobering to watch.
Tony has Pepper perform repairs on the device in his chest. She's grossed out by it (she does get slime all over her hand) and accidentally shocks him. He calmly informs her he's about to go into cardiac arrest. Earlier, he pulled a long tube out of his nose (ew). A villain uses a small device to paralyze people.

Language and Insults:The acronym "BS" is said a couple times. "G*d", "J*sus", "d**m", "h*ll", "son of a b**ch", and "p**ck" are used as well. Tony calls one of his machines "Dummy" and "Butterfingers".

Drugs and Alcohol:In addition to his recklessness and treatment of women, Stark drinks a lot throughout the film (and once gave a speech while intoxicated). Other characters also enjoy alcoholic beverages. Rhodes initially refuses to have drink with Tony. He's told it would be irresponsible not to drink, and sure enough, he's clearly had a few in the next scene. Characters smoke as well.

Spiritual:A dying man speaks of seeing his family. Tony references the Bible verse that says "Render under to Caesar the things that are Caesar's." He also calls his best weapon yet the Jericho Missile (Jericho being a city that was destroyed in the Old Testament).


So what was your opinion?


Want to speculate about this movie? Go here.

Here, you can find my review for the second movie. And here's the one for the third.


© 2013 by M.R.R.

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