Iron Man

Published November 12, 2011

Iron Man

Film info

  • Title Iron Man
  • Director Jon Favreau
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 2hrs 6m
  • Genres Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
  • Tagline Heroes aren't born, they're built

The film 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.

Live Blog

Time Comment
2:09 “I thought of you as a soldier first.”
2:30 He doesn’t want to see it on MySpace but what about Facebook?
4:05 Uh oh, I hope this isn’t another film with torture in it.
5:42 Ooh, that was the picture that guy blogged about! I recognised it and everything! Was it really only in the film for half a second?
9:32 His house looks just like Tracy Island!
12:30 I do like that she organises him completely. I am like that with Mr C.
16:59 I actually think I could have just watched a whole film about him just living his awesome life. None of this Iron Man nonsense.
22:08 He has to carry his car battery around with him. Ridiculous!
26:52 Ohh, no more car battery but now he is glowing.
32:20 Phew, we narrowly avoided some torture there.
35:11 But what is the plan??
36:32 It’s like a Hollywood version of a Cyberman.
41:11 Trouble with being in the desert is that it’s one thing escaping the bad guys, quite another escaping nature.
46:26 Ooh, Segway.
48:37 I’ve decided I don’t like those coloured shirts that have white collars.
54:52 Why is his computer butler British? Why are butlers always British?
57:15 I have heard about exoskeletons for the army. I wonder if this is what they’re working on.
1:00:05 That fire extinguisher robot is the cutest.
1:02:08 That is quite the step up!
1:04:26 People are going to say it was a UFO.
1:05:05 Argh! He smashed the piano in half!
1:07:27 Mr C is gawping at the quick render times. He wants a Jarvis.
1:10:37 I very much like the relationship between the two of them.
1:15:36 Oooh, it’s red.
1:21:50 I don’t quite understand why they are trying to blow it up. They don’t know whether it is good or bad, and it’s not a threat at the moment.
1:26:26 “You paid us trinkets to kill a prince.”
1:33:16 They always have whisky and stuff in posh old offices. Would it be bad to say I would prefer gin instead?
1:38:20 He is properly creepy.
1:44:35 If there was ever a good reason for not wearing skirts and heels, it’s that you might need to run from an evil iron man.
1:45:51 It’s all gone a bit Transformers. Metal on metal.
1:50:53 And now Back to the Future!
1:51:03 I don’t really know what is going on, but I like it.
1:56:05 Genius way of keeping the relationship burning.


Iron Man is one of the super hero type comics that passed me by, and to be honest, so did the films really. I’ve liked a lot of Robert Downey Jr stuff, particularly Sherlock, but there was so much I was not aware of going into the film. The story, who else was in it, who the director was. Sometimes going in fresh can be good though!

Really quite liked it. It being directed by Favreau was a surprise but I think he did a fabulous job. It was a bit long, but thankfully it wasn’t too drawn out - as quite a lot of these “how they became who they are” stories can be (see: Batman, Bond). I loved the character, I know he was meant to be not very likeable to begin with, and his choice of career is questionable, but I wasn’t lying when I said I could watch a whole film of the rich guy just doing what he does.

There were a few times where I wasn’t quite sure what was happening - particularly in the fight scene at the end. Lots of metal on metal and stuff like that, plus the bit at the end with the ice. None of it took away from the film though, and I am quite looking forward to the sequel.

Revisited Feb 21

Okay, so I’ve finally decided to put in the effort and rewatch all the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the start. For the last few movies, particularly those big Avenger missions, I’ve said it would help me to do so and now I am. I even have a notebook to hand just in case!

Starting with Iron Man was such a good choice, on rewatching, it’s a great fun adventure with a cheeky chappy hero who breaks the rules and has questionable edges but is overall a likeable guy. I also enjoyed the fact that, knowing where these Marvel adventures are going to take us, this first movie is really about engineering, about industrial espionage, about domestic and international terrorism, and about staying alive in the face of adversity.

The stakes are only going to rise from here, but it’s a great place to start.

Rating: 4 / 5

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