Iron Man Review by Ammar Akhtar

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Iron Man stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Jeff Bridges. Iron Man is about famous billionaire playboy Tony Stark who is held captive in a secret terrorist cave in Afghanistan. He later decides to create an unordinary weapon to fight against his enemies. 

Welcome to the first of many Marvel reviews! Daghan and I have teamed up to bring you the 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, leading up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We're starting it off with the film that kicked this huge world into action: Iron Man.

This movie is one of my favorites in the cinematic universe, and it's mainly due to the brilliant character Tony Stark. There's no denying he's the most intriguing character in the MCU. He's a likable guy who's witty, intelligent, and hilarious. We see his personality come into play throughout the entire movie. In the beginning, we see his wits and humor as he has the "one-night stand" with the reporter and gambles instead of accepting an award. Next, his intelligence enters as we see him with nothing but scraps to build a suit as an escape from the terrorists. Finally, we see his heroic self as he tries to save the world by shutting down his weapons industry and building his new, refined suit. Tony Stark owns the movie, but Robert Downey Jr. was the true mastermind behind it all. His performance is excellent and I can't view anyone else playing his character. He was an excellent choice to play Tony Stark because they both seem to be VERY similar (to a point where they might be the same).

Along with that, there were also some other actors who did a magnificent job. I believe Jeff Bridges is often underrated for his performance as Obediah. I found his performance to be menacing as a man who's simply power-hungry. Marvel has a tough time creating memorable villains since their only one is Loki, but Obediah is surely one that's often overlooked. Even Terrence Howard was great as Rhodey, but I think Don Cheadle did a better job portraying the character. As a whole, these were some excellent performances.

Iron Man definitely has a perfect balance of humor and darkness, which in my opinion the Marvel films struggle with today. It seems as though Marvel has added a lot more humor to there movies to target younger audiences, which isn't a good idea in my eyes. Don't get me wrong I like some elements of joy in movies, but I believe they over use it a lot in their recent releases. However, this movie has a perfect amount of it along with the dark tones in some scenes. Humor was never overused or forced during any part and some scenes were quite dramatic due to the pure darkness and evil it gave off. Examples of this would be the entire time Tony is held captive at the Afghani camp and when Obediah begins his plans to kill Tony. I like films like Iron Man since it has the perfect balance of emotions and few Marvel films have had that recently, which is a bit disappointing. 

Overall, this was a great step for Marvel since they introduced a VERY interesting character. Tony Stark is magnificent, and Robert Downey Jr. owns it every time. Along with that, some of the other cast members did a great job as well. It also has that perfect blend of humor and darkness, which is very hard to find in some of the recent Marvel films. Iron Man is one of my favorite Marvel movies because it's simply amazing.

MY SCORE: 10/10