by Alexis C '13

Movie Preview: Iron Man

Iron Man Strikes Theaters! Iron Man, based on the Marvel comic, hit movie theatres May 2, 2008. Directed by Jon Favreau and Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire weapons maker. When demonstrating his newest weaponry in Afghanistan, he was kidnapped by a terrorist who said he was going to hold him captive unless he built a missile. Instead of making the missile, Tony Stark built a suit that helped him escape. When he makes it back to America he continues to build a bigger and better “Iron Man” suit.
Iron Man was definitely not the ordinary super hero movie. It wasn’t about the nerdy teenager who finds out he has super powers. Rather a man who has made himself a superhero using his smarts.
Robert Downey Jr. was bold choice, but luckily it turned out very well. He fit the character when it came to portraying the super rich egotistical Tony Stark. Gwyneth Paltrow, who played Pepper Pots- Tony Stark’s assistant of many years- had good chemistry during their scenes together.
Tony Stark: “They say the best weapon is one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only need to fire once. That’s how dad did it, that’s how America does it, and
it’s worked out pretty well so far.” It raked in 219 million dollars over its first weekend.
Iron Man wasn’t all about the fighting sequences. At the beginning of the movie it started out slow, more based on character developments. But then the rest of the movie had great high-tech effects, from the flying to the explosions. The best effects since Transformers came out. Iron Man deserves 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. And anyone who hasn’t seen the movie has to see it. It’s definitely the must see movie of the summer.


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