From the famous Marvel comics stable comes The Invincible Iron Man animated movie, released in 2007, a new take on the creation of Iron Man myth and one that translates very well from the still cartoon strip to movement.
Ultra rich inventor Tony Stark has unwittingly unleashed an ancient evil upon the world, resurrecting the Mandarin, a terrifying Chinese dynasty that wreaked havoc upon the world and now threatens to do so once more. He travels toChinato investigate the abduction of his best friends and is nearly killed by dragons, but is saved by a wise shaman. Realising his destiny, Tony creates an armoured battle suit to confront the evil menace and becomes the famous “Iron Man”, an unstoppable force for good and justice. And all that. Tony has to travel the earth in his new guise in a desperate attempt to destroy the force that he himself has unwittingly raised.
Marvel wisely chose to combine characterisation and personal drama with action in this telling of the origin story, with as much focus being placed on Tony himself as on the attacking Mandarin force and the action scenes. There’s a nice sub plot of magic versus technology with tech ultimately winning through which is one of those little touches that raises the movie, storyline wise, above many of it’s contemporaries. The voice actors are all excellent, playing their parts with great aplomb and sometimes with surprising underplaying and skill, unusual for animation. The animation rises to the challenge of the sound design and performers, delivering striking and fluid cinematography with all of the action scenes being sharply cut and imaginatively animated, rendering the whole movie extremely 3atchable. Plus it’s not too overlong or complex so there is plenty to keep the little ones entertained even if some of the nuances of the script might go over their heads.
In all, this is a very superior animated adventure, with an almost manga feel in some scenes and an unusual depth of character. Plus, there is the bonus of an open ended conclusion which paves that way for (hopefully one day) a sequel. Just great!