Robert Downey Jr Month #1: Iron Man, Iron Man 2

Iron Man

Tony Stark is the boy genius inheritor of his dad’s company, Stark Industries; he shows off some new tech in Afghanistan that is stunning. After a near death experience while there, Stark decides that he doesn’t want his company making tech to destroy the world, instead he wants to use it to help people. The cast of this movie includes: Gweneth Paltrow, Terence Howard, Jeff Bridges, and Paul Bettany voicing JARVIS. The film was directed by Jon Favreau.

This was a great movie, in my opinion. It starts off the Iron Man, as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, off on the right foot. It also featured Robert Downey, Jr. play a character in a way that few can. The movie shows a man go from profiting from building weapons, like his dad did, to trying to make a difference. There are moments in the film, where Stark reacts to some things that he sees (I would rather not spoil it for those who still have not seen the movie), in a very emotional way that shows the audience that he is not the Angel of Death, that some people have made him out to be. These parts of the movie are like Pepper’s gift to Tony says,”Proof that Tony Stark does in fact have a heart”. I liked too, the way Tony is able to build his first suit in a cave without much tech, and then once he gets back, to see him have to tinker with the suit to make sure it would function just right too.Tony goes through all these difficult things in the film, but it never stops him from cracking a joke here and there too. It also a twist that the first time I watched this movie, I did not see coming.

Iron Man 2

The United States government wants the tech that Tony Stark used to build the Iron Man suits, because they do not want it to fall in the wrong hands. He declines; but a rival (Justin Hammer) and the son of someone who worked with Howard Stark (Ivan Vanko/ Whiplash) try to show why he might be right to keep it away from others. Returning from the first movie to the cast, are Gweneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bettany voicing JARVIS; with Don Cheadle (replacing Terence Howard as Col. Rhodes), Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell joining the cast. The film was directed by Jon Favreau.

Sequels, no matter what genre, are difficult to pull off. Usually, the writers of the film just make things bigger, bigger jokes, bigger stunts, and they do not pay attention to the little nuances that made the first film so great. So too, is my issue with the second Iron Man film. There were a lot of jokes, a lot of action, but not much of Whiplash. I would have liked him to take center stage of the action, since he is the villain after all, but we got more Justin Hammer, and Rourkes’s Russian accent. There were parts of this film, however, I liked. There was the part where Tony is able to build a new element that would keep the arc reactor in his chest from killing him; with a lot of help from his father. I liked that we got to see that video of him and his father. It was a small part of the movie, and yet it said quite a bit about their relationship. You learn too, about Howard as a character, how he co-founded S.H.I.E.L.D.

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