The Official Iron Man Rate & Review Thread

Discussion in 'Iron Man' started by Captain Planet!, Apr 22, 2008.

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Rate it

  1. 10, Wonderful, Amazing, Rad-Tastic!

  2. 9, Really Awesome

  3. 8, an Action packed fun movie

  4. 7, A good film

  5. 6, I liked it

  6. 5, Okay

  7. 4, Dissapointment

  8. 3, Bad

  9. 2, Sucked major Iron Balls

  10. 1, Hated it! Worst film I've ever seen!

  11. 10, Wonderful, Amazing, Rad-Tastic!

  12. 9, Really Awesome

  13. 8, an Action packed fun movie

  14. 7, A good film

  15. 6, I liked it

  16. 5, Okay

  17. 4, Dissapointment

  18. 3, Bad

  19. 2, Sucked major Iron Balls

  20. 1, Hated it! Worst film I've ever seen!

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  1. Savage

    Savage Earth Rocker

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    Plus, talk about Spider-man 3 syndrome, that's Spider-man and the New Goblin all over again. Why do people keep assuming humor with cheese? That's how we end up with movies like Ang Lee's Hulk. Comics are fun and their movies should be just as fun. So they should go ahead and joke as long as it's appropriate.
     
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  2. Nightwing

    Nightwing The Next Batman

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    whats the story with Thor then?

    Im a bit reserved about this one cos they can go two ways with it...they could opt for the ultimate avengers direction and have him being a guy with power and noone believes hes the son of Odin or he can be the actual Thor that everyone knows and it be set in Asgard...

    Also which other characters do we think they'll be lining up?

    Black Panther would be good.
     
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  3. Savage

    Savage Earth Rocker

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    The Thor movie is actually supposed to take almost completely in Asgard and center around the origin of Mjolnir (his hammer).

    Here's the lineup Marvel's got so far.

    Iron Man 2 - May 2010
    Thor - June 2010
    The First Avengers: Captain America - May 2011 (I kid you not, that's the title)
    The Avengers - June 2011

    Marvel announced this like...the monday after Iron Man came out. So expect to see Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-man (his movie's in development as well by the guy that did Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz but they haven't set a date), and possibly Hulk (who may or may not be an enemy at first). I'm sure they'll throw in Wasp as well to complete the line-up. She may end up being the love interest in Ant-man or something.
     
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  4. CBG

    CBG Well-Known Member

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    Iron Man is easily one of the best comic book movies ever made. Great adaption.
     
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  5. Smallott

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    ironman was a awsome hit , it was simply amazing, really really good and exciting movie.
     
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  6. terry78

    terry78 I'm gonna need more rope

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    They brought the DVD in today to play in the Purdue campus lounge this evening as I was getting off work, so i stayed and watched it. There were quite a few nuances I didn't catch the first time around to be honest.
     
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  7. Trevor Goodchild

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    ^What kinda nuances? Good or bad?
     
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  8. Moviefan2k4

    Moviefan2k4 Well-Known Member

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    Since this is the Review thread, I figured I'd post the one I wrote back in May.

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    As a child, I hadn't read many of the "Iron Man" comics at all; instead, my primary frame of reference was from the 1990s cartoon series. So, I was both excited and nervous when I sat down to watch the latest entry in Marvel Comics' string of blockbusters. I'd seen the trailers and such online, so I knew there was a ton of anticipation for this film. I hoped than unlike some movies, this would live up to the hype...and that it did, in spades.

    Stories of good vs. evil have been around since the beginning of time; this merely gives it a technological frame from which to build further. In this story, Tony Stark is similar to another billionaire: DC's own Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. "Batman". For example, both lost their parents at a very young age, and use their wealth and influence to fight crime. But the differences are present, and noteworthy. Where Bruce used a playboy persona to reduce attention to his life as a hero, Stark is a man standing in the shadow of a famous father, while living a life of selfish ambition and desire. He dates only the most beautiful women, buys things strictly based on their price, and drinks his cares away in ignorant bliss. But like Bruce Wayne, whose life changed when he lived among criminals to learn their ways, Stark also faces a change, brought on by an extreme confrontation with his own mortality.

    As for the actors and their respective performances, I enjoyed them very much. Avi Arad (former head of Marvel) said that Robert Downey, Jr. was chosen because of his own downward spiral in both career and life. His past expereinces with drugs, alcohol, and the law made him ideal to play a character going through many similar circumstances. He plays the false bravado, arrogance, and genius of Stark with perfect clarity...and later, he amps everything up by playing the reborn industrialist as someone who's found his calling, determined to follow it regardless.

    Terrence Howard is good as James Rhodes, who in the comics eventually becomes War Machine. A great moment in the film serves as allusion to that, and director Jon Favreau intends to pursue it in a planned sequel. He also admitted to cutting much of Howard's screentime for the theatrical release, but has assured fans it will be reinstated for a Director's Cut DVD.

    Gwyneth Paltrow gives Stark's secretary, Pepper, a witty charm, daring strength, and tender vulnerability all at once. Ever the loyal friend, she risks her life to protect a man she trusts and loves in many ways. Even when under extreme distress, she never wavers, loyal to a fault. Jeff Bridges is cool, calm, and all-out insane as someone whose greed and lust for power control his every decision. He's like the master puppeteer, pulling strings from behind the curtain like the famous Wizard of Oz...and when he faces Iron Man directly, every hint of anger and hatred comes out, loud and clear.

    The effects in this film are outstanding, to say the least. From a huge explosion in a Middle Eastern mountain site, to a "clash of the titans" near downtown L.A., this film makes full use of every weapon in its arsenal. High-flying moments are funny and bold, raising the adventure level that much higher. From brightly-lit chrome, gold, and steel, to lush parties and excellent costumes, the design of this film is great...makes me wonder what they'll do for the Blu-Ray release.

    The music is mostly instrumental, with one notable exception: "Iron Man" by hard-rock band Black Sabbath, whose song was one of several inspirations for the character. Elsewhere, magnificent guitar riffs and synthesizer beats express the tone of a man gone horribly downhill, who's turned around towards the light. The danger, humor, and stylish themes rock this piece to its foundation.

    Finally, my criticisms. Being my least-favorite part of any review, I include them as warnings for discerning hearts. While not as bad as the recent "sex comedy" trends, this film does contain a few moments which first-time viewers should be made aware of.

    The first is probably the most central: Tony Stark's philandering ways prior to his rebirth. On one occasion, he beds a reporter he's known less than an hour, and leaves her alone the next morning. She enounters Pepper, who graciously maintains her own integrity while informing the woman she's due to leave. Later, when asked how she took the dismissal, Pepper replies, "Like a pro". Another moment takes place on board a jet, with dancing flight attendants who've knotted their shirts below their bustlines. The addition of an (unused) stripper's pole sets up a potential encounter, which thankfully remains off-screen for the duration of the film.

    Another concern is the presence of alcohol. While not (yet) a raging alocholic, Stark is definitely fond of "the drink", often seen with a glass in his hand at one time or another. Though his rebirth definitely turns him onto a brighter path, Tony is still a man with many issues to resolve by the film's end.

    My final concerns are violence and language. This film was rated PG-13 by the MPAA, and while it fits the film's content, I felt it was pushing boundaries in some respects (especially the sexual ones). Due to the nature of the story (a billionaire in a robotic flight suit, against terrorists and his own technology), violence is prevalent, though not extreme or overt. As for the language, it definitely fits with the MPAA rating, but that doesn't say much, considering the comics conatin little to none. The swearing isn't extremely abrasive (unlike films such as the R-rated "Matrix" trilogy), but its presence is felt.

    On the whole, I give this film 8 stars out of 10, deducting two points for sexual situations and language, respectively. Unlike prior films such as "Daredevil" or "Fantastic Four", Marvel Studios made this film in-house, using Paramount Pictures solely for publicity and distribution. This afforded them greater control over the property, and it shows to an extent. However, while I truly enjoy this film, I feel there are wrinkles which need smoothing, especially if Marvel is to continue on a path of responsible integrity.
     
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  9. El Payaso

    El Payaso Well-Known Member

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    I saw it again and it's still very good. Downey Jr is just great as Tony Stark and Favreau (sp?) achieved a magic mix between narration and fun. One of the best superhero movies out there.
     
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  10. Chris Wallace

    Chris Wallace LET'S DO A HEADCOUNT...

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    I gave it the highest rating. I liked "Incredible Hulk" more & I liked "Dark Knight" more than that, but I just re-watched "Iron Man" the other day & it is still a good, fun, solid & well put-together film. I couldn't have asked for anything else.
     
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  11. Rowen

    Rowen Well-Known Member

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    i thought this movie was okay, i did like how iron man looked. when i first saw him land in the terrorist location, i was thinking to myself go go iron man. they'll will be a part 2 since they had the ending scene with nick fury stating the avengers. so i hope it will be a good ride.
     
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  12. 30+Dark

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    After watching the blu-ray of Iron Man a few times I'm gonna go ahead and change my rating of Iron man from 9 to 10/10.:im:.
     
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  13. voyzovrezon

    voyzovrezon nobody's fool

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    I just saw the film on DVD a month ago. I loved it! What I liked best about it was how Stark went from a narcissistic, narrow-minded corporate ideologue to an altruistic, compassionate fighter for justice. Of course, it took being abducted and held prisoner by jihadists, but maybe that's what it would take for many politicians and war profiteers to wake up---a good dose of what it means to be on the receiving end of those techno war gadgets.
     
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  14. jarve

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    If I were the other man in the cave I would've been pretty mad when Tony unveiled his genius escape plan. "Where the hell am I going to be during this firefight while you're riding around in a bullet proof suit blasting an army of terrorists with a flamethrower?" I mean did Tony not plan on his friend making it out of there to begin with?
     
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  15. Upset Spideyfan

    Upset Spideyfan Look on the bright side

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    Tony told him to wait until he had cleared the checkpoints before following.
     
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  16. Marx

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    I just recently saw this for the first time. I really enjoyed it. :up:
     
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    This thread is now closed it has a continuation thread [split]368023[/split]
     
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