• Iron Man -- Ordinary concept, but stylishly executed, 8/10.
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The first of a planned trilogy, this science-fiction superhero film was released in May of 2008, and quickly quadrupled it's 140-million-dollar budget. Controversial leading man Robert Downey Jr. leads his suave style to the title character, a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist arms-dealer who is forced to build himself a futuristic battery to keep himself alive after an explosive kidnapping in Afghanistan. This technology eventually leads to Downey building himself an advanced and powerful suit of armor than can fly, shoot missiles, and stop the bad guys. Quickly making a name for himself as a competent director of big-budget action-films, Jon Favreau carefully builds the tension in this picture from Downey's close-quarters escape from an Afghan cave to Iron Man's beautifully impressive flyover sequence above Santa Monica pier. Although fascinating, and well acted by all those involved, the 45-minute origin story that kicks off this film is paced rather leisurely, and at times feels more like an expositional chore than a proper awakening of this bad-ass hero. Admittedly not someone you'd ever picture as a village-saving superhero, RDJ is outstanding in the lead role, brining to life a charismatic and redeemable character men will want to be, and women will want to be with. Even in her limited supporting role, merely existing as a romantic foil and ground to Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow is feisty and lovable as Iron Man's assistant. But as the selfish and head-strong villain, Jeff Bridges lacks any subtly... resulting in a rather one-dimensional character, even if he is devilishly evil. Once the plot settles in, and the characters find their rhythm, the movie really takes off: from Downey's humorous failed attempts to pilot his Mark II Iron Man suit, to his constant womanizing at social events, to the thrilling mid-air battle between the supersonic playboy, and aggressive military jets hell-bent on figuring out what he is. A post-credits easter-egg playfully teases the upcoming "The Avengers" films, so die-hard fans will surely be delighted by this Marvel-universe crossover. A worthy modernization of a comic that was never particularly well-known to begin with, this is a by-the-numbers adventure that confidently delivers on the high-octane action and suspense, but lacks a certain punch of originality or consequence, diminishing the importance of it all. "Iron Man", an "Ordinary concept, but stylishly executed".