Top 365 Films – #150 – Iron Man (2008)

Top 365 Films - Iron ManDIRECTED BY: Jon Favreau

STARRING: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau and Clark Gregg

BUDGET: $140m

EARNED (Worldwide): $585.2m

AWARDS: None (2 Oscar Nominations for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects and a BAFTA Nomination for Best Special Effects)



After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponised suit of armor to fight evil.


Iron Man focuses on billionaire Tony Stark who is the CEO of Stark Industries, a weapons company who travels to Afghanistan to demonstrate the Jericho missile developed by the company. Out there his military convoy is attacked and left seriously wounded in the aftermath and kidnapped by a terrorist group to build them a missile for their use in exchange for his freedom. Instead Tony however develops a powerful metallic armor and takes them on and thus Iron Man is born.


2008 we witnessed the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also saw the resurgence of Robert Downey Jr. as an A-lister and as one of the most iconic cinematic characters of this generation. The fact this still remains one of the best films let alone origins film in the MCU is a testament to how strong this film is, with a well structured origin story and an interesting villain and considering the MCU catalogue of villains he’s definitely in the top 5 for me personally. Tony Stark is a role that Robert Downey Jr. was born to play and it’s comfortable to say that without RDJ in the role, the film may not have been impactful as it has been over the course of the last seven years, with the dialogue mostly ad-libbed throughout and you can tell with the way that he delivers his lines throughout the course of the film, adding an extra layer to the character in a terrific performance while the rest play it straight in front of his deadpan humor with Gwyneth Paltrow as Stark’s personal assistant Pepper Potts who’s concerned that this idiot could die in his new found mission as Iron Man, Terrence Howard as Stark’s friend Col. Rhodes playing it straight and then there’s Jeff Bridges performance as Obadiah Stane as the convincing villain of the piece. Entertaining fun film from Marvel that probably still has one of the best after credits scenes in the MCU thus far.



FAVOURITE SCENE: Tony taking on the terrorists in Gulmira and deals with a tank also.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘The truth is…..I am Iron Man.’ – Tony Stark

DID YOU KNOW?: The script was not completely prepared when filming began, since the filmmakers were more focused on the story and the action, so the dialogue was mostly ad-libbed throughout filming; 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.

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