Movie of the Day: Iron Man (2008)

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MOVIE: Iron Man
RELEASE DATE: May 2, 2008
DIRECTOR: Jon Favreau
SCREENPLAY: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway based on characters created by Stan Lee, Don Heck, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby
CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow

Tony Stark is a billionaire genius playboy who has everything he could ever want: money, power, women, gadgets, robots. Everything. He made his fortune inheriting his father’s company, Stark Industries, and is the top weapons manufacturer in the world. While demonstrating the power of his latest weapon of mass destruction to the U.S. military in Afghanistan, he is kidnapped by insurgents and forced to build them their own version of the weapon. Instead, he builds something better: the ultimate weapon as a modern suit of armor. After escaping from his captors, he sets out to use his weapon for the good of mankind, instead of for profit. What makes the Iron Man film so fascinating is that for decades he was not an A-list character in the minds of comic book fans. While he was certainly treated as important within the context of shorelines, as far as sales went, Iron Man always ranked behind Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverine and the Fantastic Four. This film brought him not only back to prominence within comics, but the character is clearly A-list material in cinemas as well, ranking up there with Spidey, Wolverine, Batman and Superman. This is all thanks to one of the most finely crafted action films in recent memory. The script is perfectly crafted, competently directed with captivating characters who have a logical arc that the audience cares about. And of course, there’s Robert Downey Jr. breathing life into an all but stale character and making him one of the most bankable characters in the world. Iron Man is one of the most important comic book films in history, and helped kickstart the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” that all led to this past summer’s record-breaking The Avengers.

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