Iron Man Review

Iron Man

Iron Man Review

Rating: ★★★★½ 

This had to be our favourite movie of the summer (yes, even over Dark Knight), and since it came out before this site was up, it’s no surprise that we jumped on the chance to do the Iron Man review for DVD. Unlike the heavy tones of the Dark Knight, this movie is pure, popcorn fun at its best. And as far as DVD’s go it’s the perfect movie because it is one that you can watch over and over.

I should point out that I knew nothing about Tony Stark until I saw this movie. The only reason I saw it was because I knew that Webmonkey Rob wanted to see it. I’m just saying that you don’t have to know about Iron Man or anything about the Marvel universe to enjoy this movie, although it must be said that if you are a fan of Iron Man, there’s a lot of cool in-jokes to watch for.

Next to Heath Ledger as the Joker, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is truly the best casting I’ve seen in a long while. There is simply no doubt about it, he IS Tony Stark. The off-beat character-actor really makes Stark come alive, as the billionaire genius who finds himself kidnapped by terrorists in Afghanistan and forced to manufacture a weapon for them. Gwyneth Paltrow and Terence Howard both put in fine performances as Stark’s assistant, Pepper Potts and military liaison, James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Shaun Taub also turns in a fine performance as fellow captive, Yinsen, who helps Stark to build the original suit. However, the real surprise in the supporting cast is Jeff Bridges as Obadiah, a ruthless villain and the number two man at Stark Industries. Bridges is almost unrecognizable in this role as the bad guy, which he does seem to play with relish.

I know a lot of people have a problem with origin movies, but honestly, this one was just about perfect- so perfect, that it’s on my list of please don’t make a sequel movies (which, I realize is already too late), although I don’t know how director Jon Favreau can possibly top this movie. My only problem with the movie lies towards the end, with the standard comic book fight. It felt a little “standard” to me, but the end of the movie more than makes up for any earlier corniness.

The deleted scenes on the DVD are plentiful. None of them really needed to be in the movie. Thankfully, Favreau and Marvel Studios seem to understand the beauty of brevity, but they are definitely worth seeing once. As for disc two of the two-disc DVD set, it is literally packed full of documentaries. There’s the 7 part “I am Iron Man” documentary that is over an hour long, and documents the making of the movie from pre-production onwards. You’ll find documentaries on the history of the Iron Man character as well as the visual effects, including a look at the suit being built at Stan Winston’s studios. You’ll also find a cool screen test with Robert Downey Jr. As for the DVD’s themselves… well, there are at least 8 different versions available right now. My particular favourite is probably the one found at Best Buy which features a ¼ scale Iron Man mini-bust produced by Sideshow Collectibles, a custom lithograph by Gerald Parel and if that weren’t enough… a $50 Sideshow Toys gift card. Very cool!