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‘Iron Man’ sets the bar for this summer’s releases

For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Iron Man, here’s a brief rundown. Tony Stark, your average billionaire playboy and head of America’s largest weapons manufacturer lives a sheltered and naïve lifestyle until he is given a rude awakening in the real world. He finds out first hand what his weapons are doing and is forced to turn his life around, finally being given a purpose. This just happens to involve the coolest armoured suit this side of DC Comics.

There is a moralistic hint to the whole armament market and terrorism issue, but donÂ’t worry, it doesnÂ’t detract too much from the huge explosions and cool fights. For any die hard comic fans, the story should be adequately satisfying. The producers havenÂ’t run away with the original concept and made any rash changes as with a film like Hulk (weÂ’ll see how the latest instalment of Hulk turns out). Also, being a Marvel film, look out for the Stan Lee cameo, this time as a Hugh Hefner-esc character on the red carpet.

This film is a lot funnier than can be expected, supplying more than a few laughs. Downey Jr. is at his comic best and is well supported by the rest of the cast (Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges to name a couple) for some excellent one-liners. In my opinion, this action-packed comic book thriller is well worth a watch. It’s exactly what we have come to expect from a good superhero film – it’s fun, no more, no less. Some people may say that there are too many of these films floating about but as Tony Stark himself says, ‘That’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far’. Iron Man has definitely set the bar for this summer’s superhero releases and hopefully they will follow suit.

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