I knew that this is the tenth year for Marvel Studios, but I didn't think about the fact that Iron Man is turning 10 too. For the longest time, Iron Man was my favorite movie and Robert Downey, Jr. was my favorite actor. When this came out, there was truly nothing else like it. There had been superhero movies before, but most were either mediocre or extremely dark. Iron Man had a perfect blend of humor and action, and was exhilaratingly-paced, so as a kid, I had so much fun with this film.
It’s been a while since I’ve last watched this, but after re-visiting it, I see that it holds up extremely well and may be even more relevant today. The film has some brilliant commentary on war and the military-industrial complex that I had never picked up on, reinforcing my appreciation of the film.
There is so much to love about this film. Jon Favreau took a relatively unknown Marvel Comics character and created one of the most lucrative movie franchises of all time. This is in part due to the great script and excellent execution, but the single most important factor is the lead actor. Robert Downey, Jr. seems like he was born to play this role. He gives the character charisma. Stark has a fine balance between arrogance and humanity, and Downey, Jr. was key to giving the character this quality. The MCU would not have been the same without him. The CGI is great too. It's a wonder how well this film's visuals hold up after a decade. It looked so cool and the time it came out and it still looks so cool now. The only real shortfall that this film has is its villain. Jeff Bridges is a wonderful actor and he brings that to this role, but compared to future villains, Obadiah Stane is a little weak. That being said, the film is more about Stark as a Byronic hero, and in that regard, it’s wonderful.
Overall, I really love Iron Man. This film still holds a special place in my heart. It's hilarious, action-packed, and socially relevant. It also kicked off one of the most important film franchises of all time. I'm glad that I revisited this film, because it's great.
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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