I’m not going to give an in-depth review of this movie, it’s been done to death at other places but I will give my take. Lets get this out of the way at the start, I enjoyed the movie but …
… it could of been a whole lot more. It had so much promise and the reviews I read (which always end up being the kiss of death) hyped it up beyond belief. I sat in the cinema expecting a lot, what I got was a good film but ultimately I left a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, Iron Man is one of this years blockbuster films to see but it didn’t wow me.
Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the success stories of the movie, she was simply sexy through-out and Robert Downey Jr was a perfect Tony Stark but it was the story that let this movie down. As with nearly all first movies in a franchise, this one had to give a back story before all the meat could be portrayed. Unfortunately this led to a lull around the 60 minute mark that seemed to drag on for around 20 minutes. Not a big deal but the bench mark for first movie’s (even though the rest were terrible) has to be the Matrix. This first movie completely blew you away. It introduced the world, told a story and ended with the viewer wanting more. I was hoping Iron Man could stand up to this and although it wasn’t quite there, it was not too far off.
I’ve been an Iron Man reader since a kid and have some of the very first comic books sat here right next to me (I really should ebay all these old comic’s!). When I first saw that Iron Man was going to be made into a film I must admit, I was a little sceptical. After seeing the movie though, it is plain to see that the franchise has a lot of potential. With rumours of Captain America appearing in the second movie (his shield spotted in the the movie) and a a possible tie in with the Hulk and Superman, the Marvel guys (and gal’s) are really giving us something to truly be thankful of.