“They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far. I present to you the newest in Stark Industries’ Freedom line. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee, the bad guys won’t even wanna come out of their caves. Ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration… the Jericho.” – Tony Stark
Number of Times Seen – 3 (6 Sep 2008, 8 Jan 2014 and 5 Dec 2019)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Weapons manufacturer and billionaire Tony Stark is taken prisoner by Afghani rebels while visiting the country who force him to build them a powerful weapon.
My Take on it – This film was the very first one in the newly minted MCU over 11 years ago and was definitely a great initial salvo of fire in the franchise.
The casting of Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role was a great choice and he does a wonderful job in this character who has appeared in more films than any other character in the series.
He is able to get the personality of Tony Stark just right with his mixture of wit, intelligence and sarcastic humor.
The story itself is a fascinating origin story and manages to stay quite interesting and intriguing throughout as we get to see the various twists and turns along the way.
The film does a wonderful job making this kind of film relevant to the modern world and becomes more tangible to the modern viewer in showing that the adventures of the Marvel Superheroes are relevant and fun to watch.
The supporting cast of this film is great with Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and even director Jon Favreau lending a hand along the way.
This movie seems to have been a test run of the feasibility of these kind of superhero movies and due to its success, the franchise has grown to 23 films (so far) and doesn’t look like it’s about to slow down.
The story still holds up after 11+ years and after knowing what happens in future films, it’s fun to see how they were able to stay true to certain characters and their traits throughout the series.
Bottom Line – Great first salvo into the world of the MCU. Downey Jr. is perfectly cast as Stark because he gets the wit, intelligence and sarcastic humor of the character just right. The story is able to stay quite interesting and the way that they make it more tangible via an updated and modern story line works extremely well in showing that the adventures of the Marvel super heroes are still relevant and fun to watch. The supporting cast led by Paltrow, Bridges, Howard and even director Favreau are all excellent here too. This is the film that proved the feasibility of the films of the MCU and even after 22 subsequent films in the franchise, this one still holds up really within the context of the overall story line.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script was not completely finished when filming began, since the filmmakers were more focused on the story and the action, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming. Director Jon Favreau acknowledged this made the film feel more natural. Some scenes were shot with two cameras, to capture lines improvised on the spot. Robert Downey, Jr. would ask for many takes of one scene, since he wanted to try something new. Gwyneth Paltrow, on the other hand, had a difficult time trying to match Downey with a suitable line, as she never knew what he would say. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)
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