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Iron Man

2008 Action/Adventure

From Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures comes Iron Man, an action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil. In addition to being filthy rich, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark is also a genius inventor. When Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a diabolical weapon, he instead uses his intelligence and ingenuity to construct an indestructible suit of armor and escape his captors. Once free, Stark discovers a deadly conspiracy that could destabilize the entire globe, and dons his powerful new suit on a mission to stop the villains and save the world. Gwyneth Paltrow co-stars as his secretary, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, while Terrence Howard fills the role of Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, one of Stark's colleagues, whose military background leads him to help in the formation of the suit. Jon Favreau directs, with Marvel movie veterans Avi Arad and Kevin Feige producing. more..

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges,Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb

Reviews

  • You hire an actor for his strengths, and Downey would not be strong as a one-dimensional mighty-man. He is strong because he is smart, quick and funny, and because we sense his public persona masks deep private wounds. By building on that, Favreau found his movie, and it's a good one.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    26 April 2013

  • The gadgetry is absolutely dazzling, the action is mostly exhilarating, the comedy is scintillating and the whole enormous enterprise, spawned by Marvel comics, throbs with dramatic energy because the man inside the shiny red robotic rig is a daring choice for an action hero, and an inspired one.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    26 April 2013

  • Downey plays off his own bad-boy image wonderfully. The writers give him great lines to work with and ditto that for his Girl Friday, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, whose own svelte lines cannot be improved on.

    Kirk Honeycutt - The Hollywood Reporter

    26 April 2013

  • All praise to acting dynamo Robert Downey Jr., who brings so much creative juice to the party that Iron Man achieves instant liftoff.

    Peter Travers - Rolling Stone

    26 April 2013

  • Even at his coolest, Downey's Iron Man remains a ghostly, neurotic crusader -- one whose life, in the Marvel tradition, has become a grand spectacle of overcompensation.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    26 April 2013

Awards

  • Movie of the Year

    AFI Awards (2009)

  • Best Achievement in Sound Editing

    Academy Awards (2009)

     
  • Best Actor

    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (2009)

  • Fantasy Film

    Art Directors Guild (2009)

     
  • Best Special Visual Effects

    BAFTA Awards (2009)