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  • Good lead performance
  • Jeff Bridges is miscast as the villain
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is miscast as the love interest
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      01.12.2014 20:26
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      Iron Man set the bar high for Marvel's superhero franchise

      Various DVD and blu-ray options are available for this film – I'd recommend the blu-ray boxset containing five other Avengers-related movies.

      This was the first film in Marvel’s conquest of the movie world. Boozy arms dealer Tony Stark is kidnapped by insurgents in (we assume) Afghanistan. They instruct him to build them missiles, but instead he builds himself some superhero armour and escapes amid the explosions. Back in the States, he resolves to turn his back on making weapons, and instead builds himself improved superhero armour. But forces within his own company are conspiring against him…

      The main character is a total jerk, even after realising that (shock! horror!) weapons kill people and selling them isn't a very nice thing to do. Luckily, Robert Downey Jr is so effortlessly charming in the role that you won’t notice what a grade-A douche Stark is. The supporting cast is perhaps less successful. Gwyneth Paltrow is not a very fun actress, and doesn’t have the charm to trade sexually charged banter with Downey (it’s also very odd to see an Oscar winner take on a 'hero's girlfriend' role). And Jeff Bridges is inherently too cuddly to really be credible as the bad guy.

      It’s fun. It’s an extended origin story, so don’t expect much Iron Man action for the first hour. But by giving the characters time to breathe, it makes us care about them. Marvel were a great superhero publisher because they were able to give their heroes distinct personalities (something it’s difficult to say about their rivals DC). This film could easily have turned into a splurge of video-game action scenes, but keeps them to a minimum.

      My main issue with it is that Iron Man flies into a warzone and saves a village from being executed by a Taliban-style militia group. One can’t help but feel that this isn’t the ideal mission for a fantasy character. Although he decides that war is bad, Stark doesn’t ever think to question America’s military presence in Afghanistan. And the evil Arabic guy is a racist portrayal even by Hollywood standards.

      It’s also amusing to see evil Jeff Bridges gloat about stealing Stark’s ideas for the good of his company. This is – famously – exactly what Marvel did to a number of its artists, most notoriously to Jack Kirby who had to watch Stan Lee and Marvel make millions out of characters he created. Stan Lee makes a funny cameo, as he does in every other Marvel film ever made.

      All in all, a lot more fun than I expected.

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      01.05.2013 20:50
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      Well worth a watch

      A truly truly superb film ...films based on books/comics can go one of two ways And this film goes the good way .. And epic film portrayal or an epic super hero... Robert Downey junior is a immensely talented and actor and in this film hi versatility is astounding all throughout the film you fall more and more in love with him and his character Tony Stark , Robert brings a quirky comedy to the role ensuring you are laughing throughout with clever one liners that help make the film as enjoyable as it it ..the action sequences are good and keep you entertained without loosing the essence of the original comic book character marvel have done a superb job in staying true to the hero this is the first of many films as it is such a big success story it has everything you need and want out of a good film . Action, comedy, romance,thriller,and most importantly a good story it's an enjoyable film that can be watched by anybody young And old and both genders .myself and my boyfriend have watched this film over twenty times and enjoy it every time .brilliant film and well worth a watch

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        15.09.2012 14:55
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        Iron Man is pure gold.

        With the upcoming release of Avenger Assemble on DVD/BluRay (17th of September here in the UK), I figured now would be a good time to go over the movies that lead us to this pinnacle of superhero action, starting with Iron Man.

        Back in 2008, many of us weren't sure what to make of this first offering from the then brand new Marvel Studies. What we got, however, was an action-packed, over-the-top thrill ride with arguably one of the most charmingly dysfunctional superheroes ever to grace the silver screen. Billionaire playboy industrialist and ingenious inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), finds himself captured and imprisoned by hostile forces while demonstrating his company's new weapons technology to US troops in war torn Afghanistan. Forced to create the ultimate weapon for his captors, Stark instead hatches an ingenious escape plan, fashioning himself a mechanical armored suit. Upon returning to the USA, Stark sets out on a one man mission to repair the damage his company has done to the world, refining his suit and becoming Iron Man.

        The quick pacing and excellent special effects of this movie always keep the action moving forward, allowing the audience to absorb a lot of information very quickly and efficiently without having to ever slow the story down. By far the best aspect of this title, however, is Downey Jr's portrayal of Tony Stark. Unlike many heroes of the comic age, Stark is not a great man or even a good man. He's an arrogant, self-obsessed man-child who, upon being confronted with the folly of his actions, attempts to break the cycle by trying to fix everything both he and his company have done wrong personally, a path which puts his own life in danger and drives those closest to him away. He is a greatly flawed man, but it is from these flaws that the audience derives a more human vision of the man Tony Stark is behind the costume, rather than the hidden paragon lurking beneath Tony Stark's mask, setting Iron Man apart from many of his contemporaries. That said, Downey Jr is also the driving comedic force in this movie, throwing quips and one-liners with almost reckless abandon, never truly losing that charismatic charm that Stark started out with.

        In conclusion, Iron Man is a ton of fun and a pleasure to watch. The effects are great, the action is five-star and the actors all know what they're doing and, best of all, clearly having fun with it as well. I highly recommend that you see this movie. While it may seem a bit small scale compared to some of the later offerings from Marvel Studios, remember that this is the movie that made those later offerings possible.

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        04.08.2011 10:20

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        Awesome action superhero movie, one of the best!

        To call this a man film is a severe understatement! Iron man is simply one of the coolest films I have ever had the pleasure of watching!

        Robert Downey junior plays the role of Tony stark, a genius who designs weapons for a living, and following an unfortunate incident with some terrorist types designs the iron man suit. 

        Never short of action and full of gadgets and explosions this is one of my all time favourite guy night films! I had it on DVD and then as soon as I got a blu-ray player, I bought it again on blu-ray!

        The special effects are spot on, looking truly realistic and in high definition, bring the film to life. It is just a shame it isn't in 3D!

        If you are lucky enough to own a surround sound system then you are sure to annoy the neighbours with this one.. It just begs for the volume to be cranked right up, giving a great sense of immersion into the movie!

        I have probably watched this film 15-20 times and it never gets old. It will forever sit on my shelf as one of my all time favourite films, in fact, talking about it I may watch it tonight!

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        18.07.2011 06:43
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        Great film

        I found that this movie is very well created as it has state of the art special effects such as when iron man flies through the air it appears as though he actually is where as in older movies it would probably have been easily seen as a man standing infront of a cardboard cutout. The props in this movie look very life like such as the miniature nuclear reactor that is stuck in iron man's chest or iron man's suit of armour. The acting in this movie is high quality for what you could call a children's movie and flows without any cheesy lines. There is a very mild piece of sex in this movie which lasts about 30 seconds or less so if you don't want your kids to see that kind of thing I suggest you watch the first thirty minutes to see if you would let your kids watch it. There is no bad language in this movie just a lot of violence. The only actors I knew in this movie were Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey Jr. I must say that I don't particularly like Robert Downey Jr but I found that this did not affect my view on the film so for anyone else who does not like Robert I advise you to still watch the movie if you like iron man or just want to watch a good action movie that has huge explosions, lots of gunfights and suit against suit punch ups. The plot of the movie is that Robert Father had died after making a large company that makes weapons and left it to his son out doing his partner who is Jeff Bridges. The fathers partner was in charge of the company until Robert turn twenty or else it was twenty one (not sure) and then has to hand over to Robert who is a complete idiot who just parties all night and gets drunk. Robert then appears on magazines and gets awards while the fathers partner gets nothing. The movie starts with Robert in a armoured humvee which leads to a large gunfight and him getting blown up and getting captured. He then is ordered to create a nuclear bomb for terrorists but instead creates a armoured suit. He then breaks free and starts to work on the suit but Jeff Bridges tries to kill Robert and the movie ends with the two of them having a final battle with the military going to shot then down. The entire movie is about 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

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        20.10.2010 11:02
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        One of the better Comic book to movie conversions

        When his armoured convoy is attacked and all of his protectors killed Tony Stark, the worlds biggest arms dealer, is taken hostage in Afghanistan. His captors want him to recreate his companies latest invention and give him little choice but to cooperate. It turns out though that Stark has other ideas and builds himself a iron suit to help him escape. Now back in America tony is determined to not be so blind about the final destination of his arms and sets about trying to turn his company around, whilst still researching the technology and developing the concept that helped him to escape.

        If you are a regular reader of my reviews you will know that I have a real love/hate relationship with Superhero films. On the whole I find most comic book conversions to be a little weak and it's that reason that has put me off seeing Iron Man since its 2008 release. Once again though those lovely people at lovefilm decided that it was time I finally watched the first iron Man movie and so I settled down last night. Despite my initial reservations I was pleased with the outcome and very glad that I'd taken the time to watch it.

        The direction comes from a very unlikely source with comedy actor Jon Favreau taking to the director's chair. This is the first time I've come across Favreau as a director and I have to admit to being very impressed on the whole by the outcome. The film looks very impressive and using his budget to its full potential he makes a movie that has everything you could want. The special effects are incredible and I was very pleased to see that the development of the Iron Man concept had been included, rather than him just having an outfit from the moment he decides to do something.

        There were perhaps a few scenes near the start of the movie that even on blu-ray looked very dark whilst Stark was held in a cave, but this added a bit of tension to these opening exchanges. Including the original creators there are no fewer than 8 writing credits on this movie and for Favreau to have come up with a film that works this well from 8 separate ideas is very impressive. I'd had an idea in my mind of how Iron Man might work on the big screen but I think it would be only fair to admit that the 126 minute run time almost didn't seem long enough. As the start of a longer franchise I have to say this is one of the best beginnings in recent years.

        I think it would be fair to say that the casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony stark will have caused a few raised eyebrows. Having seen Downey Jr. in a few films over the years I did doubt his leading man potential but there is something about him that seems to be perfect for the role of Tony Stark. It is a part that he takes to with real ease and as soon as he is captured he brings you, the viewer, onto his side and gets you starting to care about Tony Stark. It is an impressive performance and one I really wasn't expecting.

        The rest of the cast aren't exactly a bad selection either. As perhaps one of the best bad guys in a new superhero franchise in recent years I think Jeff Bridges was a perfect choice. He has an evil look to him in this movie and before you know the true story there is something unnerving about his character. I also felt the casting of Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Pots was perfect as she and Downey seem to really work on screen together. You can feel the chemistry between the two characters and it makes the romantic sub plot a little bit more believable. The whole supporting cast was well picked and all served for what they were required, but it is fair to say that the real star of the show was Robert Downey Jr.

        Overall I have to admit to being surprised by how much I actually enjoyed Iron Man. It certainly joins the new Batman, X-Men and Blade movies as being my favourite comic book adaptation. The direction is well done and really brings the script to life, whilst the casting of the charismatic Downey Jr. in the lead role appears to have been an inspired choice. If you like comic book movies, that whilst being a bit farfetched are enjoyable entertainment then this is a film I would certainly recommend. In fact it would be fair to say that i am really looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2 now.

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          14.09.2010 15:59

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          A great action super hero film, one of the best

          Iron man follows the trend of super-hero films that the origin story is very strong. Tony stark is a loveable playboy arms contractor who is kidnapped while demonstrating in Afghanistan. He is forced to build his weapons for his kidnappers. However, it is not long before Stark comes up with a basic Iron Man suit in order to make his mistake. Its interesting how the character of Stark develops. He maintains his witty charm but takes a different outlook on his company and the troubles in the world.

          The film is full of brilliant action set pieces that are well shot. Computer effects are teamed with a physical suit which give it a tactile look. Great comedic moments come from Stark developing the suit and learning to fly. The comedy doesn't get in the way like it does in other action films.

          Overall, the film is well rounded with a satisfying end battle. The supporting cast is also fantastic, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges putting in good performances. It's Downy Jr that steals the show though.

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          27.08.2010 11:23
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          Good Film

          I thought I really liked this film when I watched it and then got the 2 Disc deluxe edition... and this time watched it again and didn't like it as much (probably because I saw the second one?)

          ~~~DVD BOX COVER DESIGN~~~
          The 2 disc edition has this amazing box cover where the cover slip is of the iron man suit and there is a circular cut out where the circle thing is, but when you pull it off, it is Tony Stark (Robert Downey Junior) in the same position in holographic paper. I just thought that was really cool and definitely makes this a better product.

          ~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
          Anyway, the plot centres on weapons tycoon Tony Stark who gets kidnapped and held hostage in Afghanistan whilst there for his latest missile demonstration. In exchange for his freedom, he must build his captors the same missile. However, Stark uses the materials to build a metallic suit that allows him to escape.

          Back in the US, Stark announces that his company will no longer manufacture weapons, having seen what happened in Afghanistan, and spends his time updating his "Iron Man Suit". Little did he know, his second hand man Obadiah Stone is selling his weapons to the men who captured him... With the aid of his new invention, Tony Stark must overthrow Obadiah and destroy the weapons in Afghanistan.

          The film was quite exciting to begin with, but dragged on too long on him making the suit. The first "Iron-Man" action sequence with the suit came at a slow 30 minutes in. Admittedly, that scene was awesome with the giant flamethrowers and the explosives but did take a while to get there. Afterwards, it took quite a while for more action... with those scenes being rather tepid.

          I also found the final scenes quite quick and didn't amount to too much action... (Am I just frigid to this film?) I did like the humour that was dotted throughout, and the action was good, but having seen this again after the sequel, it just wasn't the same.

          ~~~CAST~~~
          Robert Downey Junior - Tony Stark
          Gwyneth Paltrow- Pepper Potts
          Jeff Bridges- Obadiah Stone

          Also stars Terrence Howard (Rhodey).

          I thought Robert Downey Junior was great in this... he can definitely do the action scenes and his humour was also on tack. Having also seen Sherlock Holmes, it reminds me a bit of that... the wit and so on.

          Gwyneth Paltrow was quite good but nothing in comparison to Scarlett Johansson in the second. Yeah, I'm team Scarjo!

          Jeff Bridges makes an obvious villain but he doesn't really do anything that evil... he doesn't look that villainous if you get what I mean...

          ~~~EXTRA FEATURES~~~
          Lots of commentaries and featurettes, making of and interviews. There are also deleted scenes which are pretty cool and will be interesting to those who are a fan of the film.

          ~~~PRICE~~~
          I got the special 2 disc DVD for around £5 on Amazon.

          ~~~OVERALL~~~
          Many will argue that sequels are rarely as good as the original, but for me, having seen this again after watching Iron Man 2, it just isn't the same. There is good action and humour in this, but just not enough compared to the second... and maybe the lack of Scarlett Johansson has something to do with it... but overall, it is a strong film, and definitely enjoyable to watch again and again.

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            27.06.2010 23:27
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            A good film for a night in

            Iron man first appeared in 1963 as a comic book super hero produced by Marvel Comics. Iron man was created by Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby.

            Anthony Edward Stark, more commonly known as Tony, is on the board of directors of a company called Stark industries that was created by his dad. He is a playboy engineer who suffers major heart injury after a kidnapping in where his captors attempt to force him to build one of his weapons. Working behind his captor's backs, he creates a suit of armour to save his life and escape the captivity of the cave where he is held.
            One of the other member of the BOD is double dealing to the captors of Tony. He pays them to kill him and they did not know this until they captured him.

            He then gets scientists to create a replica of the suit, in the belief that it is bigger, better and stronger but it is not. When they are both flying Tony is able fly high without being affected by the cold and the ice, whereas the other suit starts to fall to the ground.

            The film made near to $100 million.

            Robert Downey jr, starts in other well known fills such as Sherlock Holmes and Tropic thunder and the high standard of story line is maintained along with the high standard of acting. I would recommend this film to anyone looking for a film with a good story with a twist and high quality acting.

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            Great family movie

            This is the latest Marvel comic's adaptation to be released; this could either be a good (Spiderman) or bad thing (Daredevil). Luckily it was a great thing; they managed to create a very entertaining modern film. They didn't fall into the trap of using too much CGI they used it where needed and it was high quality.

            The cast is good also but Robert Downey Jr as with every other film he's been in steals the show, he takes the leas in any scene he's in. The use of popular song within the film is great with a sound track containing both ACDC and Black Sabbath.

            The plot to start with where he is abducted in Iraq is brilliant and is a top start to a movie. The second half wasn't any way as good but still pretty good. I like that they highlight his eccentricities showing a deeply flawed hero. Its also good that intelligence is kind of his super power, which makes him in my opinion one of the better comic book heroes.

            The movie comes on 1 disc with deleted and extended scenes. There could be a few more features but with such a strong film you can forgive them.

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            04.05.2010 11:11
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            One of my favourite superhero movies

            I love a good superhero and fantasy movie so I knew that Iron Man was definitely something I would like.

            The film is a about Tony Stark, who is the part-owner of Stark Enterprises, a company that makes and sells weapons. When he is kidnapped by a group of terrorists, he cunningly creates a full human shield from metal to help him escape. Once back home, Tony realises that making weapons isn't all it's cut out to be and decides to use his new creation to help save the world.

            I really loved this film and Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect person to play the part of Tony Stark. He is arrogant, obnoxious and a womaniser, but he's also very charming, funny and sexy so you can't help but like him despite his other not so likeable features. The other actors were all great too, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges, but Robert Downey Jr. was the main character and it's only really him that you focus on and who makes most of the film.

            I thought the special effects were brilliant especially when Tony was creating, putting together and testing out his suit with all the high-tech machinery and powers that the suit has. There were quite a few moments when me and my husband were wide-eyed at some moment on screen and there were so many things that Iron Man could do and did do that can only be described as 'cool'! Especially the parts where Tony was flying and when he eventually got the hang of how his suit worked and his revenge really was pretty sweet!

            In my opinion, this is probably one of the best superhero movies that I've seen. It was fun, action-packed, exciting, adventurous, funny, sexy and very very cool!

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              A tongue in cheek take on a superhero that's effortlessly cool

              Fun sequences and a strong cast headed up by an excellent Robert Downey Jr make Jon Favreau's blockbuster an engaging- if never exactly 'edge of your seat'- ride. Iron Man is very much set up, an origin story to establish the character for further adventures to come. This however results in the film never really peeking, with a final confrontation that feels smaller in scale than much of what's gone before. Favreau grounds the story in a contemporary, post 9/11 world, but thankfully doesn't beat you over the head with any social commentary. Indeed, the whole film is very light and breezy, never quite hitting the level of drama after the Afghanistan set opening act. Not that being fun should be frowned upon of course- and this is a lot of fun. In a world of overly serious blockbusters, its refreshing to see a tongue in cheek take on a superhero that's just doing it for the kicks, and being effortlessly cool at the same time.

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                31.03.2010 15:58
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                Action film

                Robert Downey Jr stars in this comic strip adventure film from the Marvel comics stable. Downey plays Tony Stark who runs a company that specialises in military hardwear and while ona trip he is taken hostage in Afghanistan however he manages to escape using a suit he designed made from metal and packing a number of weapons however the kidnapping has an effect on him and he determines that his company should do good rather than promote war but this brings him into conflict with his business partner Obadiah Stane played by Jeff Bridges.

                You tend gto watch this sort of film for the special effects and the ones in this film are pretty good however I was also impressed with Downey performance in the lead role which is pretty convincing as well. The film also boasts Gwyneth Paltrow as the wonderfully named Pepper Potts who works as Stark's secretary.

                The film is fast paced with lots of good action scenes however it also does a good job of developing the main characters, the only thing that really lets the film down was that I was not totally convinced by Bridges in the role of Stane.

                It is certainly an action packed film and the two hours seemed to fly by really quickly and it did not drag at all. It is not quite as good as the first of the X-Men films but then that benefits from having more characters and variety to it but it is certainly comparable to Spiderman when it comes to super hero films.

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                Excellent

                I saw Iron Man at the cinema when it first came out, but with the sequel due to arrive in theatres pretty soon, I thought now was a good time to rent the DVD and re-watch it. And, obviously, to review it! It was just as good the second time around so I'm glad I did.

                This film was released in 2008 and is based on the Marvel comics which featured Iron Man among many other super heroes. It stars Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow as his PA Pepper Potts and Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane, his somewhat sinister business partner.

                The film starts with businessman and technology genius Tony Stark, whose company manufactures weapons, being taken hostage in Afghanistan. He manages to escape by building a metal suit with various inbuilt weaponry, but when he returns to the US he quickly starts to make enemies when he decides his company should stop making weapons and start helping the world instead. Soon Tony must juggle helping victims of war with protecting his invention from those who would use it for their own gain.

                Robert Downey Jr is brilliantly cast here. He is gorgeous, suave and intelligent and I instantly warmed to his character. His presence onscreen is magnetic, even more so than usual, and he really carries the film. Paltrow is acceptable as Pepper Potts and there is some nice chemistry between her and Downey, but I felt Jeff Bridges was not particularly good as Stane and I personally would have cast someone else.

                The special effects are awesome but they don't take away from the rest of the film and for me this is more character driven than action driven despite lots of very cool technology and various fighting/shooting/flying scenes.

                One of the nice things about this movie is that Tony Stark is not supernaturally enhanced: he is just a normal (albeit very rich and clever) guy who has made a suit. This makes him a bit more identifiable and sympathetic to the normal viewer.

                I think this is definitely the best superhero movie I've seen and one of the better action movies too. It has an incredibly strong lead actor and character, and there are some serious morals as well as some stunning action sequences and a nice bit of sexual tension. What more could you want?

                The film lasts just under two hours which sounds quite long but it doesn't really drag. There is a bit of lull in the middle after a very exciting first forty minutes and before the tense and explosive ending, but I didn't find myself getting too bored and I don't think the movie could have been very much shorter.

                You can buy the single disc DVD from Amazon.co.uk for £5.00, or a 2 disc edition with lots of added extras for £6.47. If you liked the film then it's probably worth paying just over a pound for a whole other disc!

                One final thing I should mention is that it's worth waiting until the very end of the credits, as there is one final scene on the end that I am sure will help anyone who sees it to look forward to and understand the sequel!

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                  good watch

                  Another Marvel comics cartoon has made it to the big screen, this time it is ironman who is getting the hollywood treatment. When I first heard this i was excited as Iron man was one of my favourite marvel comics and i knew i would not be let down by the team putting this on the big screen. I was also excited to here robert downey jnr was being cast as Ironman as i think that he is a great actor and would bring something different to the boots of Hollywoods newest superhero.

                  The Plot is typical superhero and it is typical Iron man aswell so if you know the story and have watched superhero movies before you will kind of know the script. If you have not seen superhero movies it is just typical good guy becomes superhero who fights evil, nothing special.

                  It is a shame that this genre has been a little over done and as an audience there is no real surprise in this genre any more. However having said that Iron man is still a good action movie which is full of Fun and action. The actors play there parts well and cannot be faulted in performing the script in front of them. I also like how the director has added new technology to the superhero it is good to see how the modern superhero copes with new technology.

                  Overall it is a good watch and i am still looking forward to seeing the equal. I wouldnt go out my way to watch it but its good none the less.

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