Iron Man

Iron Man ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

DirectorJon Favreau. Cast: Robert Downey Jr.Terrence HowardJeff Bridges

14 years after its original release, it’s easy to think of this just like another Marvel film and possibly forget just how pivotal this film is. If the cinema landscape of today looks like the way it does, for better or worse, we may have to thank Iron Man – or possibly blame it, depending on the point of views: this is a complex subject, but I’ll just say that if it weren’t for these big Marvel films, even more cinemas would be closed today… Food for thought.

I know I usually don’t put any “half stars” in my reviews, but this one really deserves to be placed above many of the others, even if it does lose a little bit of its steam towards the last twenty minutes as it becomes a rather too conventional good guy vs bad guy fist battle. But aside from that, this is as close to a perfect action movie as they come… Anyway, it’s my page, so I’ll do whatever I want 🤣

It made Iron Man an icon (as far as I’m concerned I could not care less about Iron Man before this film) and Robert Downey Jr. one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood. Let’s face it, this is really his show and today it’s impossible to see anyone playing Tony Stark, just as it is impossible to see Han Solo, without Harrison Ford or the Godfather without Brando…

His vibrant charm, his charisma and his witty sense of humour and are infectious and the main reason why this film works so well. Let’ s remember at the time, with Ghost Rider and Fantastic Four still fresh in people’s minds, this was really not a sure thing at all.

Watching it with my 9 years old at my side, I was a bit thrown back by how dark and scary the first half was (though highly effective), but once we’re back from Afghanistan and we are also back into “origin territory”, the real comic-fun begins: with some wonderfully humorous scenes and some great special effects which actually have not aged and raised the bar for not just all the comic- inspired movies that followed, but action movies in general.

This is the best mainstream popcorn action entertainment can be… and with it, history was made.

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