by Kiko Gomez
A hero is made and built unlike any other. After years of successfully completed superhero films within 2000 to 2007, Marvel was about to make history as it’s own film studio. The first project to launch the young new studio is Iron Man. Marvel’s choices defined how it was willing to take creative and financial risks to explore a hero that the general film public never was aware about. When Robert Downey Jr. was signed to the lead role, everything changed.
In Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is a successful testament to Marvel’s casting choices. From the start when we meet Tony Stark inside the military convoy transport, the wit and humor of Tony is brilliantly fun to watch. Downey always has a strong sense of snark when it comes to his comedic timing. As Tony Stark, he’s the everyman most guys looks up to. The journey of Tony Stark is a reminder of how do a origin story right.
As for the rest of the cast, it’s either a hit or miss. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts is a delightful foil to Downey’s Tony Stark. The onscreen chemistry is natural between the two actors and their characters. Meanwhile, Terrence Howard’s character, Rhodey, is quite the opposite in terms of the chemistry department. Howard’s Rhodey is quite passable in terms of overall story of the film. Don’t get me wrong, I love Terrence Howard’s acting. It’s just he comes about a bit underwhelming given the history of the character.
On the other hand, Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane is chilling and brilliant at the same time. He keeps the audience guessing if he’s really up to no good till the big reveal. It’s another treatment of how good Marvel is at choosing talented actors.
And let’s not forget the memorable scenes with Shaun Toub as Yinsen. As the man who helped Tony build the first Iron Man suit, he was also pivotal in shaping the humanity of Tony Stark’s journey as Iron Man. Without the help and wisdom of Yinsen, there wouldn’t be the Iron Man you came to love and enjoy.
Notable additions to the film such as Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson is a nice and subtle link to what’s connecting in Marvel’s newly born movie universe. It’s also a delight to hear Paul Bettany’s voice as J.A.R.V.I.S., the talking computer intelligence guide to Tony Stark’s work and creations.
And finally, Faran Tahir’s character as the Ten Rings leader is quite the biggest disappointment of the film. He’s just there for the plot, but I kept hoping he was going to refer to his real boss throughout the film. Instead, we are treated to a weak reveal as to who he was working with in the capture of Tony Stark.
Given the film’s short suspenseful climactic battle, the film overall is quite fun to see the journey of how Iron Man is built through the use of computer science and technology. Even as Tony Stark reveals himself as Iron Man, we’re giving a sense that this film is just only the beginning of a whole new level of superhero hero films.The film’s tag end credit scene is just a tease of what’s to come.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars