Iron Man – Birth of Marvel Universe

Director: Jon Favreau

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Pre-Release Hype

I love it when Hollywood makes an exact movie of a comic series. Marvel in the recent years has excelled in making the paper heroes into action figures of the silver screen. Superman is the all time favorite hero of young and old alike. But there is more to it than just Superman. Now we can see Spiderman, X-Men, Punisher, Hulk, Batman, Hell Boy and so on. Nowadays audience actually wants to relate to these super heroes and they enjoy it the most when the movie is an actual depiction of the comic they always read.


Our hero, Tony Stark, is a wealthy Billionaire and a government contractor for making high tech weaponry. He has a flamboyant personality which creates sparks wherever he goes. The movie starts with Tony going in a Hummer with a couple of US soldiers and right when he is getting comfortable, his convoy is attacked and he is taken hostage by none other than Islamic extremists. Now we were all surprised to see that the villains were speaking Urdu. Guess, we are a nation of many talents and now we have made into Hollywood flicks. Anyway, he is then asked by the villains to make some sort of a weapon for them, which he does but not for them but for himself. Here comes the Iron Man.


The movie is very well shot and I think it is one of those movies which have left an impact on the audience. The story line was with an excellent buildup and I must hand it to the writers for not letting go of the gripping sequences. The CGI was amazing; it was simple what Hollywood is expected to do. Each frame and each shot was made with perfection and it actually felt like that it was real. There were a couple of funny remarks I heard from the audience, like, “This can only happen in USA” and “that shot should’ve killed him but he’s still alive”. People enjoyed this movie, they applauded when it was needed, they laughed when it was the moment and they went home looking forward to a sequel.


About the cast, I personally believe that Robert Downy Jr. gave one of his best and most natural performances every since he got out of rehab. He was a perfect choice for the role of Tony Stark with his natural arrogance and charisma. Gwyneth Paltrow was very well suited in Pepper’s shoes and of course our hidden villain is none other than Jeff Bridges. You can expect Jeff to be a villain but he transformed his role with perfection. Over all I would say that this movie is a definite watch and in cinemas only or if you have a 60” Wide screen plasma with 5.1 surround sound home theater setup.





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