Top 10 Favorite Movies of 2013

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Top 10 Movies of 2012

First of all, I would like to wish you movie fanatics a merry Christmas and also a Happy New Year in advance! I have good news. This is the first time I have compiled a list of the ten best movies in 2012 for Elemental Reviews. To be honest, when it comes down to compiling a ‘best of’ list I am not very good at it. Every movie has its own strong points and its own weak parts, so listing them would not be fair as some of the movies have nothing in common. I have put these kind of thoughts behind me and I am glad to be able to present to you Elemental Reviews’ Top 10 Movies of 2012,  even though not all of them have been reviewed here. After all, listing remains extremely subjective – so my Christmas presents to y’all: one themed review each day until the second of January. Have fun and enjoy the holidays. Continue reading

Iron Man

Directed by Jon Favreau |  Cast Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Terrence Howard (Rhodey) | Year 2008.

Iron Man symbolizes pure heroism from mankind. Unlike Thor or the Hulk, he isn’t alien or a genetically modified experiment. As one of the prestigious Marvel Comics characters, Iron Man thanks its characters roots on the big screens to the Marvel style produced movie by Jon Favreau in 2008. Nominated for 2 Academy Awards, Iron Man is the story of one of the most eccentric heroes all time.

The movie opens with ACDC’s famous ‘Back in Black’, military jeeps, some humor and a big blast. Then the threat becomes real: multimillionaire Tony Stark gets captured by terrorists. So far, Iron Man is portrayed as any other Hollywood movie with the slightest post 9/11 fears included. However things change step by step. The first Iron Man suit is created instead of Jericho missiles for the terrorists. Soon after, in the States with cheeseburger and all, Tony shows his humanitarian side and it is revealed that the villain is just Tony’s business partner. How classy indeed.

The CGI used is first rate but nothing we are not used to, except for the tank scene.

The storyline is plain entertainment. What makes Iron Man different and great is the chemistry between the characters. Stark’s assistant, Ms Pepper Potts (played by the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow) is simply stunning. Combine that with Stark’s humor, you get heavenly entertainment from the characters themselves – not the storyline. The dialogues are fantastic even if the plot isn’t. Secondly what makes Iron Man different from all those other superhero movies is that there aren’t any classic oneliners, such as “I must not give up” or such. Action scenes and personal scenes have been given a fun, lasting touch. The light character stuff make the action scenes look flat in comparison.

Tony Stark: [reading the newspaper] “Iron Man”. That’s kind of catchy. It’s got a nice ring to it.

Iron Man is not a complicated movie to understand, but it handles some tough issues very well. Its final showdown of the suit has a slow momentum build and is heavy-handed. Even so, Iron Man is a confident piece directly from Marvel Studios.

Rating: B.