One of the best things about great movies is their rewatchability. Being able to experience the same entertainment and emotions you felt (excitement, amusement, intrigue, etc.) when you watched that movie the first time is a treat. That familiarity can provide a sense of comfort, something we all need “in these Uncertain Times.” But, movies can also be a time-sink, and even in quarantine you might wonder whether a movie is WORTH the time invested. My goal with this series of posts is to cover movies I’ve recently watched, make note of the best things about them, and let you know whether it’s worth your time.
The Movie: Iron Man (2008)
Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Succinct Synopsis: The first film in the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), we get to see the origin story of genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark and the man-made suit that makes him Iron Man.
Cast & Characters: Even if you haven’t seen an MCU movie yet, you’re probably aware of Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark/Iron Man for over a decade. It was (and remains) the perfect casting for Stark. RDJ performs the role with the air of confidence and quick delivery of witty lines necessary to make his presence felt in any room.
I like Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s assistant Pepper Potts, and Jeff Bridges is solid as the villainous foil to Stark’s mission throughout the film, even though the final showdown is just one Iron Man suit against a larger, slower, less spectacular Iron Man suit. NOTE: The actor who plays Stark’s military colleague and friend James Rhodes, changes from Terrance Howard to Don Cheadle after the first Iron Man film, but Howard does a fine job in this one before the change is made.
Humor: A hallmark of most MCU movies, the humor is present in Iron Man, mostly memorably between Stark and his voiceless household robots. It really leaves you wanting more as this aspect of MCU movies becomes more prominent down the road, given there are more interactions between the various superheroes in future films.
Was it Worth It: Whether you are a first-timer to the MCU or have watched the entire 23-film saga, Iron Man is an important (re)watch because you not only see the formation of the franchise’s central hero, but you also see the early stages of Stark making it his life’s work to keep humanity safe from harm. YES, it was worth it.
Iron Man is streaming now on Disney+