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Iron Man tells the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the enigmatic heir to the Stark Enterprises fortune. A driven inventor and executive who seems to have it all, Tony is haunted by his dark s… Read More
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Iron Man tells the story of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the enigmatic heir to the Stark Enterprises fortune. A driven inventor and executive who seems to have it all, Tony is haunted by his dark side. Though he commands his empire by day, by night he secretly becomes Iron Man, the living embodiment of decades of defense spending and innovation. Strapping on billions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art armor and weaponry each night to fight crime, terrorism and corporate espionage, Tony begins to crack under the strain of his fractured lifestyle and must ultimately confront the one enemy he can never beat - himself.
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#1
Is this a good film? Ive been wanting to see it for ages!
#2
I really enjoyed it - there's lots of silly jingoistic terrorist stereotyping but the story is entertaining, Robert Downey Jr plays a great character and the special effects and surround sound track are as good as any recent film.
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I really enjoyed it - there's lots of silly jingoistic terrorist stereotyping but the story is entertaining, Robert Downey Jr plays a great character and the special effects and surround sound track are as good as any recent film.


It's set in Afghanistan - be a bit strange if you had fundamentalist Christians protesting abortion clinics.

Great film. Does everything you want in an 'origin' story, which can make it a bit predictable, but Robert Downey Jr. elevates the material.
#4
I enjoyed it :)
#5
FilthAndFurry
It's set in Afghanistan - be a bit strange if you had fundamentalist Christians protesting abortion clinics.


I think you misunderstood my comment - I was referring to the portrayal of the terrorists all living in caves, their personalities and their aims ("They want to destroy our freedom"). It was typical of American racial and cultural stereotyping (an evolution of the military tactic of dehumanising an enemy*) and reminded me of the terrorists in Team America World Police ("durka durka") except that was tongue in cheek.

As I said though I really enjoyed the film and I doubt the producers wanted the audience to have any empathy with the 'baddies' (which is the main point of dehumanising an enemy), or really gave much thought to how they would be perceived (beyond being terrorists), so I can understand why they have portrayed them the way they have but their depiction was very typical of American cinema.

I think the reason it irritated me is the larger problem with America and increasingly the UK in that a significant number of people don't see these representations as the carictures they are.

It was only 20 years ago that a big Hollywood blockbuster (Rambo 3) was praising the very same "brave mujahadein" in their fight against the Russians. A number of high ranking mujahadein also received military training, aid and support from the CIA (including training by the SAS in tactics for shooting down helicopters) as at that time we had another bogeyman ('commies') to worry about.

However none of this stopped me really enjoying the film and such considerations are best left at the door when watching 'pop corn' cinema as you should just view the terrorists for what they are - pantomine villians.

*Please don't get me wrong, the tactic of dehumanising an enemy is widely employed by just about every country in the world and has been used for hundreds of years (it's easier for a soldier to shoot at a 'bad guy' than some bloke who might have a wife and kids at home) however the trickle down into popular culture is particulary noticeable and worrying in America

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