Iron Man

 
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Release Date: April 14, 2008

Based on: Iron Man (comic book character by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby

Directed by: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard, Shaun Toub, Gwyneth Paltrow

Budget: $140 million

Box Office: $585.2 million

After being captured by terrorists, Tony Stark creates powered armor in a cave with a box of scraps. When he gets back home, Stark cleans up his company and builds an even better suit

 

Not only does Iron Man tell an interesting story surrounding Tony Stark and the creation of his alter ego, it's a tale of personal redemption where the plot begins when Stark acts on his desire to atone for his company profiteering of of war. Furthermore, he builds the Mark III suit because he wants to defend the people of Yinsen's village. Notably, Stark decides hiding the fact he is Iron Man isn't for him and rather than going along with an official story of where he was when this "Iron Man" was tearing up the freeway, he bluntly states it was him. 

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Doing so really makes sense in light of the character arc Stark goes through over the course of the film. He starts off the film as incredibly full of himself, but still friendly to the lower guys on the radar, even going so far as to work to get to know them on the way to the Jericho demonstration. Him doing so and then understanding that people are using the weapons he sells for nefarious purposes as well as the destruction they inflict helps bring him to realizing he'd rather help people than hurt them. Stark does not become a hero until he decides to rescue the people of Yinsen's village which comes full circle in the end following the fight with Stane. He doesn't want to shy away from how he's helping people, causing him to tear down any semblance of a secret identity. It's fascinating to watch this character development. 

Additionally, Obadiah Stane is not only a great villain, he is a wonderful foil to the person  Stark is growing into throughout the film. Though Stane is just as much a shrewd businessman as Stark, he’s only selling weapons because he wants the money, as opposed to Stark initially doing it out of a sense of honor and patriotism. His greed gets the best of him, with him wanting to make weapons deals without any oversight just so he can get more money. At the same time, Stane also thinks he’s been holding Stark up for three decades and has been pushed to the background, making it so he has double the motivation with jealousy alongside greed. He’s able to manipulate the company so they shut Stark out using Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a reason when his plan to have the Ten Rings get rid of him fails. Stane also puts up a good façade as well, with him being a friendly, jovial guy who likes to make jokes and treat his employees well for the most part.

It all makes for a great and enjoyable film, giving audiences their first look into what would become one of the most popular franchises in cinema history

Awards

Won

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards

  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film
  • Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)
  • Best Director

AFI Awards, USA

  • Movie of the Year

African-American Film Critics Association Awards

  • Top 10 Films

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards

  • Actor of the Year (Robert Downey Jr.)

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Sci-Fi Movie of the Year
  • Biggest Surprise of the Year

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Summer 2008 Blockbuster (For "Escaped")

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Visual Effects of the Year

Hollywood Post Alliance, US Awards

  • Outstanding Color Grading Feature Film in a DI Process

Irish Film and Television Awards

  • Best International Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Summer Movie So Far

Satellite Awards

  • Best Film Editing
  • Best DVD Extras (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

World Stunt Awards - Taurus Awards

  • Best Fire Stunt (Iron Man attacks soldiers with flamethrowers. Weapons explode and soldiers catch fire. Stunt men do partial burns with ratchets)
  • Hardest Hit (While testing the Iron Man suit, stunt man takes off in jet boots and does a flipping backwards ratchet 28' high to the ceiling. He is then cut loose and falls to the ground)

 

 

 

Nominated

Academy Awards, USA

  • Best Achievement in Sound Editing
  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges)
  • Best Writing
  • Best Music
  • Best Special Effects

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Production Design Award - Fantasy Film

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Special Visual Effects

Black Reel Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor (Terrence Howard)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Action Movie

Casting Society of America, USA - Artios awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Studio Feature - Drama

Cinema Audio Society, USA Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Contemporary Film

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Film
  • Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr.)
  • best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Superhero

Gold Derby Awards

  • Sound Editing/Mixing
  • Visual Effects

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year
  • Best Actor of the Year (Robert Downey Jr.)
  • Coolest Character of the Year (Tony Stark)
  • Best Trailer of the Year
  • Best DVD/Blu-Ray of the Year
  • Best Action Sequence of the Year ("Escape from the Cave")

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Action

Hollywood Post Alliance, US Awards

  • Outstanding Editing - Feature Film

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Sound Editing

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Special Effects

Kids' Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Music in a Feature Film
  • Best Sound Editing - Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film
  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Movie
  • Best Male Performance (Robert Downey Jr.)

National Movie Awards, UK

  • Best Superhero
  • Best Performance - Male (Robert Downey Jr.)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Titles Sequence

People's Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Movie
  • Favorite Action Movie
  • Favorite Superhero (Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man)

Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

  • Best Film

Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Awards

  • Best Blockbuster Movie

Satellite Awards

  • Best Sound (Mixing & Editing)
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Overall Blu-Ray Disc

Scream Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie: Action Adventure
  • Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure (Robert Downey Jr.)
  • Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure (Gwyneth Paltrow)
  • Choice Movie Villain (Jeff Bridges)

USC Scripter Awards

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in an Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
  • Best Single Visual Effects of the Year
  • Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Models and Miniatures in a Feature Motion Picture (For the "suit up" machine)
  • Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture (Head Under Display: For the Hud compositing)