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Good CGI but lousy story
on 12 November 2008
I decided to watch this film based on the strength of the trailers (as did everyone else!). However, I was sorely disappointed, because the film did not concentrate on the real story and also greatly embellished in many aspects.
Firstly, in the original comic series, Tony Stark was hurt due to an act of industrial sabotage by one of his competitors and not because of some Arabs purchasing his weapons and using them against him (which is complete tosh!).
Secondly, the real story was two-fold. It lay with the building of the suit (which surprisingly, the film did pay some attention to, although inadequately).
Thirdly, the main chunk of the story (the real twist), lay with Obadiah Staine, who tried to murder his boss (Tony Stark) and then tried to steal the company from him. In fact, Obadiah tried to murder his boss not once, but TWICE!!. Please note, Obadiah Staine is an American white guy. He is not an Arab!. Unfortunately, the film paid very little attention to this twist and instead focused on demonising Arabs.
Overall, the film relied heavily on CGI but did not focus on story line. This is now the trend with films. The film also has another (less endearing) agenda and again this is a common trend, which is becoming more prevalent. How unfortunate.
I found only two good aspects to this film. The CGI and Robert Downey jr. He portrayed himself very well as Tony Stark, as an arrogant, womanising, gold digging, imperialist. This is why this film deserves only 1 star.