The Invincible Iron Man (2007, animated)
Plot: Tony Stark (Marc Worden) leads his company on an expedition to China to raise an ancient temple, unlocking a gang of super power elemental beings who desire to resurrect their master, the Mandarin (Fred Tatasciore). Stark uses a series of specially designed suits becoming the hero Iron Man in order to combat these beings and stop Mandarin from returning to power.
There’s just nothing here. The plot is slow as hell. Everything is explained poorly. Half the time, I didn’t even know what was going on. There are these elemental ass holes that are looking for rings or whatever. And there’s a random dragon at one point, I don’t know, who cares. There’s a rift between Tony and his father which was okay. The only character who was mildly intriguing was Li Mei as her and Tony share similar daddy issues, except Li Mei’s revolved around an ancient Chinese super natural being whereas Tony’s was about running a company, so kind of a difference there. The animation was solid and the music was pretty good. I really have nothing else to say on this one. It’s completely forgettable.
Rating: 5 out of 10 (Barely Passable Entertainment)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Gwendoline Yeo as Li Mei
-Along with Tony, her character kept my interest. Yeo puts a lot of different emotions into the voice. Yeo really shines at the end where she is totally distraught about having to resurrect Mandarin.
Worst Performance: Rodney Saulsberry as James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes
-This guy was awful. Aside from every line having an ‘Oh man’ or ‘man’ in it, his effort to convey any type of drama or anger was cringe worthy.
Best Line: “Shut up Boyer” –Howard Stark
-Not much to choose from, but this is Howard just laying into one of his company stooges at the end. It was good delivery.
Worst Line: “Tony’s disappearance, painful as it is, may be the best thing for the company.” –Random lawyer to Howard
-Okay, I get the guy is a heartless lawyer, but he says this with such a nonchalant attitude. It’s the guy’s son, and he is just like, ‘anyway, moving onto the company…’ Wow. What an asshole. Howard does retort with a ‘are you kidding me’ like response, but still. I find it hard to believe anyone would say that to a parent while their son is completely missing.
-There’s a pretty good fight between Iron Man and the elemental guys surrounded by all this lava. The suit gives off this cool white electrical orb thing. The animation really shined here.
-Maybe it’s because I’m too familiar with the live action movie that comes out a year after this, but Tony was already making the Iron Man suits even before he was captured? So this Chinese organization called the Jade Dragon captures and nearly kills Tony, and he builds the suit to escape. I thought that was the genesis of the suit. I guess I’m just confused.
-The fact that Tony’s suit can survive in deep lava is pretty cool. Diving into the lava for the first time was a nice visual moment.
-When he builds the suit to escape the Jade Dragon, it was pretty anti-climactic. He just lazily flies off. And the flying looks like it’s in slow motion. It was pretty lame.
-Tony is a fugitive as SHIELD is guarding every inch of his office. But Tony just casually walks by his secretary Pepper Potts and is just like ‘hey.’ Dude, aren’t you on the run?
Bad Ass Moment:
-Towards the end, the Rock elemental guy is creating soldiers. Suddenly Iron Man just barrels into him from the sky. That was awesome.