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Iron Man by Jon Favreau (dir)
Review by Drew Bittner
Marvel / Paramount Media  
Date: 02 May 2008

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This is perhaps the single best movie ever based on a comic book. Those are strong words, but Iron Man can back them up.

Based on "Iron Man," the monthly superhero comic (NOT graphic novel!) from Marvel Comics, the story picks up with Tony Stark (Downey) in trouble. This billionaire playboy, heir to a weapons manufacturing corporate empire, is terminally irresponsible and clueless; he blows off his duties and misses appointments, breezily asserting his right to be a jerk whenever and however he pleases.

From official release/information:

Robert Downey Jr. / Tony Stark "Iron Man"
Terrence Howard / Jim Rhodes
Gwyneth Paltrow / Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Jeff Bridges / Obadiah Stane "Iron Monger"
Shaun Toub / Yinsen

2008's Iron Man movie tells the story of Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and genius inventor who is kidnapped and forced to build a devastating weapon. Instead, using his intelligence and ingenuity, Tony builds a high-tech suit of armor and escapes captivity. When he uncovers a nefarious plot with global implications, he dons his powerful armor and vows to protect the world as Iron Man.

(Source: Marvel / Paramount)

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