Iron Man – Movie Review
Iron Man has been released in India at the same time as the rest of the world. Great huh. Well, that’s what the Hollywood biggies do when it comes to action films…they expect them to do well in markets such as India. The movie has made an impact in just one weekend in theatres across U.S and Canada and there is no reason to think that the producers will be disappointed with India.
The movie (directed by Jon Favreau) is a cinematic adaptation of Marvel Comic’s superhero and is just what we wanted to take us away from the now stale (and boring) masked heroes flying around.
This one seems is for real. Iron Man’s super heroism is not in his genes like in the case of Superman or Spiderman. He builds it. Reminds one of another superhero – “The Mask” although the mask has magical powers. The armoured suit that Iron Man dons has no magical powers…it is an engineering feat, a machine that needs to be powered.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the “billionaire industrialist” and “genius inventor” who builds such a suit machine. It all starts when he is on a trip to Afghanistan to test the weapons made by his company. He is kidnapped and imprisoned in a cave but genius that he is, he manages to escape by building a hi-tech armoured suit powered by a gizmo which gives superhuman strength and does strange things like fly. One is not sure how exactly Tony builds the thingmajig though..but then this isn’t SF. It’s adventure.
The beginning seems a bit slow specially if one expects to find a flying superhero in action from the start. The first half is more about Tony the inventor and Tony the person. I think the director builds up well to the scenes where Tony finally emerges in his superhero suit…to want to save the world.
Enemies lurk everywhere…from the United States Air force and the Security Agencies who want to know what exactly he is up to, people in his own company who want to stop him on his “self-destructive” path and the goons in Afghanistan. It does seem as if the whole world is against him…but then he has Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) his executive assistant. Beautiful and efficient she is someone he seems to be secretly in love with but his philandering ways leave no room for any romance…I think this has been saved for the sequel which is sure to be out.
The acting is superb all round. Robert Downey is brilliant as the unpredictable, emotional genius. Paltrow is good too although I didn’t like the way she looked. Too thin.
The movie is technologically brilliant and even though we are now used to Hollywood finesse, one is impressed. And why not, considering that Iron Man cost $135 million to make.
I think there was some censoring of scenes in India. A bedroom scene just whizzes by and one isn’t even sure what happened! And there are other scenes which must have been cut. The movie is 126 minutes long but our experience at the PVR multiplex was that the movie started around six p.m (or six ten?) and by eight p.m. we were all trooping out of the theatre, after the credits were over. If one takes about 10 minutes for the interval, then at least 15 minutes of the film have been chopped. A pity.
If you love action movies this isn’t one that you can miss. It’s the best.