As Marvel creates more of these films, the more they look alike. Maybe you could attribute it to having a uniform house look, comic speak of having an in-house illustrator. What we are finding out is that when translated to the screen, not every Marvel franchise receives the same attention to detail. In the case of Iron Man, this comic is well articulated.
The plot may sound familiar. Tony Stark, an equally gifted and eccentric industrialist is the hero. Stark has made quite a name for himself as the designer of weapons for a company, which bares his name. Much of his success has afforded him the opportunity to focus on what is truly important to him, playing the field of women before him. A wake-up call occurs in the form of an attack on his life while trying to sell the US government his latest creation.
Surviving with the aid of an electromagnet, Stark remains the captive of Middle East guerillas. It is at this point he takes a stand with the first incarnation of his Iron Man suit. The suit itself is impervious to a variety of weapons, and with it Stark goes under a metamorphosis into a socially conscience human.
Iron Man works because of Robert Downey Jr. His egotistical portrayal of Stark keeps the one-liners coming in quick succession with never a dull moment. Enough can not be said for what he adds to the film. Viewers expecting tons of action will be disappointed in that regard, but there is enough substance to hold one’s attention. As far as the effects are concerned, the CGI work is better than I expected. Most of Iron Man, looks authentic; from the polish of his suit to the explosions. Sometimes the reliance on pounding music is excessive, but that’s expected from this genre. The supporting players are impressive. Col. James ‘Rhodey” Rhodes (Terrence Howard) serves as Starks military liaison. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) is Starks secretary. Stane (Jeff Bridges) is his business partner. Not to over elaborate and risk spoiling things, you can expect Iron Man to be tested to his limits.
Don’t expect a ton of surprises. Iron Man is simple fun. It isn’t a genre-defining spectacle, and is it readily composed to be forgotten by the time next year’s blockbusters are due. Director Jon Favreau sticks to a formula that capitalizes on the success of it predecessors while foregoing the lows found in the majority of them. Unlike its brothers, Iron Man has a no compromises cast that really shines and makes it enjoyable. Here’s hoping to a watchable franchise. ***